Floral crowns…

Often the irregular, abnormal, development is the most remarkable. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

As if this little flower isn’t pretty enough, it grows it’s own crown. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The royally honored…

Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida) are common names for this Mexican native. In Florida it is a favorite ground cover providing a touch of color to otherwise drab shady areas in the garden. Beside the Royal purple color of this plant and it’s flower I have found no reason that it has been given the name “Queen”.

Purple Queen is very much at home in Florida and can quickly become invasive in the garden; so attention is needed when introduced to a garden design. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Glory of the spring…

Chipmunk enjoying spring's warming. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Chipmunk enjoying spring’s warming. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

I’m thinking “glory of no snow” as temperatures reach the 60s today. This morning a chipmunk peaked its head outside its hole and surveyed springtime. The ground level perspective of Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa luciliae)
yields a feeling of strength for these dainty blooms. These bulbs are hardy, surviving many northern winters. They rise through the yet-to-recover, evergreen Pachysandra groundcover. In a month, snow and the Glory of the Snow will be faint memories as perennial growths elevate summer’s arrival.

Glory of the Snow rises from the warming Earth. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Glory of the Snow rises from the warming Earth. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg