Did I miss the Winter Aconites? Did they bloom under the snow?
Around this time last year, they were up and open and brightening my garden.
The first pollinators of the season were swimming in their goodness.
Maybe there's still hope for this year? If not, I won't give up because I love them so. Do you grow Winter Aconites? If not, you should try them.
They take the cold and snow and late freezes in stride.
Plus, they're so joyful, you can't help but smile when you see them.
Winter Aconites (Eranthus hyemalis) are native to Europe, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. and they're among the first flowers to bloom in the late winter and early spring. In addition, they:
- Are hardy in zones 3 to 7;
- Thrive in full sun to partial shade;
- Resist deer and rabbit damage (but maybe not voles?); and
- Prefer organically rich, well-draining soil.
I hope I'll still see them yet this year, but if not I will try again--maybe in pots to resist the voles.
Plus, they're so beautiful as companions to Tommies (Crocus tommasinianus).