One of my favorite plants is the Tricyrtis species, otherwise known as toad lilies. They bloom late in the season, they've got interesting foliage and blooms, and they provide something a little out of the ordinary in the shade garden.
My collection includes:
- 'Lightning Strike'
- 'Golden Leopard'
Normally, I have to wait until late summer and early fall to enjoy their flowers, but this hasn't been a normal year by any stretch of the imagination. "April flowers bring May showers" was spring's theme. And the normal lovely perfect temperature that makes spring so enjoyable was replaced by summer-like degrees in the 80s and even 90s.
Perhaps that's why this week, my Tricyrtis latifolia 'Golden Leopard' is in bloom. It's normally a little earlier than the rest, but never has it bloomed in the middle of June. Not even close.
It will be interesting to see what it does the rest of the summer, which officially began this morning. It will also be interesting to see if the other toad lilies bloom earlier than usual, too. I'm guessing they will, just as 'Golden Leopard' has and many other plants in the garden have since our early and warm spring began.