Other than a little huddle of snowdrops bowing under a March rain, there isn’t much Awakening yet in my garden. So to find a subject for a March entry for the Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Contest, I raided the archives.
This little Pulsatilla vulgaris or Pasque flower – photographed in my sister’s garden at the end of April last year – seems to be opening one bleary but hopeful eye as it rises from its bed of leaves. It says Awakening to me.
This spring bloomer used to be called Anemone pulsatilla, and you can still occasionally find it sold under that name. Like anemones, it’s a member of the Ranunculus or buttercup family.
Pulsatillas always seem to invite a closer look. I love the fuzziness of the leaves and petals (really, they’re sepals), which also give it the look of a nestling bird. The gold stamens hold the promise of sunshine. After blooming, the flowers are replaced with fluffy seed heads similar to Clematis, which are also buttercup cuzzes. They’re a lovely addition to the spring garden… awakening soon, I hope.