Spring ephemerals - I found an inexpensive source
Just an informational posting for all of you looking for spring ephemerals for your woodland gardens, about two weeks ago I was in Lowes buying seed starting mix etc. so I could start some species rhododendron and perennials from seed. Anyway, hidden near the seeds and bulbs there was a small freestanding cardboard display loaded with woodland plants, they were under $2.00 each so I figured, what the heck they are worth a shot.
I picked up trout lily, Hepatica, Jack in the pulpit, crested iris, and 3 types of fern (leatherwood, cinnamon, and ostrich). I was worried at first as some of the bulbs/rhizomes were tiny and the labels directed me not to expect anything the first year from some of the plants. Stuck them in my basement grow area under lights and moved on to other projects. Over the past weekend the following has happened- The Hepatica just flowered! The leatherwood ferns all are putting out new growth, the jack in the pulpit and crested iris sprouts broke through the soil surface. I am still waiting on the remaining ferns and the trout lilies but so far I am very impressed, everywhere else that I have found these plants they are double, even triple the price.