Too Early to Be Doing This?
As is true at your house, the plants at the Zoo and White River Gardens are a little confused by our up and down temperatures. Though a heavy frost or severe cold snap could damage the leaves and flowers that are popping out all over, the plants will surely survive such an unwelcome event. Here's what you'll find in the Gardens now:
Various early daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are showing their golden color, with bear claw hellebore buds (Helleborus foetidus) not far behind.
Lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis) are leaning their heads further toward the earth with the returning colder weather.
The emerging leaves of this red jewel crabapple (Malus 'Red Jewel') are a pretty contrast to the remaining red fruit from last year.
The fuzzy pussy willow catkins (Salix discolor) you might see now will become clusters of tiny, all male flowers soon.
Both soft-stemmed peony (Paeonia lactiflora) and its woody tree peony relative (Paeonia suffruticosa) are shooting out beautiful burgundy-red new growth. This is Paeonia l. 'Dancing butterflies.'
The bloom stalk of this Aechmea 'Harvey's Pride' will be colorful for weeks in the Hilbert Conservatory.