At the moment, in late March, two attractive garden plants are in flower – the Garden Anemone and the popular Wallflower ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ . Two trees have also recently come into flower – the Wild Cherry and the Norway Maple. Some early flowering cherries may already be in flower but late frosts may spoil the blossom.
The Garden Anemone is a species native to the Mediterranean region. It is a member of the Buttercup family and has the typical flower of that family. The flower is insect pollinated and provides large amounts of pollen from its numerous dark purple anthers. The flower shown here is a hybrid “Sylphide’ one of the De Caen group of hybrids sold as Garden Poppies.
The Wallflower ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ is a sterile, short-lived shrubby perennial that can be propagated from cuttings and is very attractive to butterflies. This is one of the most popular wallflower cultivars. Wallflowers are members of the Cabbage family in which flowers have 4 petals in the form of a cross, hence the old Latin name for the family of Cruciferae.
The Wild Cherry Prunus avium is a tree native to Britain, Western Europe to the Caucasus, the Middle East, and North Africa. The flowers, produced by one bud, are in the form of an umbel in which all flowers come from one point. The Wild Cherry is the species from which all the flowering cherries are derived. See this previous post for more information on cherries.
The Norway Maple is a tree native to Europe, from Scandinavia to the Caucasus. It was introduced to Britain in 1683 and is now commonly found in gardens, streets and parks. It is one of the first trees to look green in spring, when its green flowers, shown above, open before the leaves.