Day 56: winter aconite

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


It’s all terribly sophisticated in the winter-spring flower bed – until the winter aconites (Eranthis) turn up. Related to hellebores and lesser celandine, I like to think of them as the down-to-earth distant relatives – bright, brash and yellow, wearing a green collar that wouldn’t look out of place on Kermit the frog. The colar on E. cilicica (pictured) is more finely divided than on E. hyemalis, but still...froggy.

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