Spring officially starts tonight at 7:21pm. Without question, my favorite pre-spring and early spring gardening activity is checking daily for whatever is sprouting up from the ground. Yesterday I saw my brunnera and the new growth surprised me because it’s all purple, not the green it will be. This brunnera loves where it is in my shade garden because it has BIG heart-shaped leaves and blooms forever.
I was also thrilled to see my native Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla) that I planted last year coming up. Another shade plant, this one has twin-shaped leaves and is an unusual and beautiful foliage plant. (It does get small flowers but it’s known for its leaves.) It is named for Thomas Jefferson, who grew Twinleafs at Monticello. Right now, mine looks like a small, pale green asparagus shoot. The next photo shows what my twinleaf will look like in April. I took this photo last year at Garden in the Woods, which is a native plant sanctuary near where I live. For more info on Twinleafs see this link: http://www.monticello.org/site/house-and-gardens/twinleaf
I’m off to see what else is showing its colors this morning.