After a decade of blogging about nature and gardening, I added a practice of a daily post every day on this blog from September, 2018 to September, 2019 -- connecting with sense of place, being at home, inspiration and creativity, and traveling, with forays into other topics, too.
I'll be continuing to post here, along with posts on Natural Gardening.
On our way back to Asheville, FB reminded me of a memory from 3 years ago: this Hepatica in flower.
We'd planted a fairly robust plant in our enriched conifer (formerly perennial) raised bed below the house. It flowered nicely that year. I don't think it survived another year, but it was well worth seeing it then.
I have memories over the decades of seeing Hepatica in spring; first, the European species in the snow. As a post-doc, my entire lab group made a pilgrimage to where our professor knew where it was flowering, literally under the snow. Second, in the botanical garden where I worked for decades, we had one hardy specimen of H. acutiloba that reliably flowered in its singular rocky location. At the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, there were also Hepatica, as of course there were in the mountains, too, although not especially common.