Landscape (UK)

EMERGING PLANTS

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After a few days of relatively mild weather, I see more plants when venturing out on my daily garden rounds. In the wood bed, the crumpled foliage of woodland wildling town hall clock, Adoxa

moschatell­ina, is just starting to emerge. I love the five tiny, pale ‘clock face’ flowers which appear in April. It runs in moist, woodsy soil, so is best for wilder garden plantings. A more restrained spreading woodlander is the mouse plant, Arisarum proboscide­um.

This Mediterran­ean native is pushing up dark green, arrowhead-shaped foliage. Its spathes, reminiscen­t of small, brown-bodied mouse bottoms disappeari­ng into the undergrowt­h, will follow a little later on. Like the adoxa, the foliage dies down in summer. Elsewhere, thrusting bright pink buds of earlier-flowering

Paeonia lactiflora are appearing. Somewhat different is the exquisite, lemon-flowered P. daurica mlokosewit­schii. The latter is putting up rich scarlet, knobby new growth covered in a waxy bloom. I must not put mulch directly on top of the emerging buds, as it could rot them.

 ??  ?? Hooded spathes of Arisarum proboscide­um, like crouching mice.
Hooded spathes of Arisarum proboscide­um, like crouching mice.

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