Hosta ‘Empress Wu’, The Crocus, and Monarda

Achillea millefolium in front of the chicken house.

Hello everyone. I hope this post finds you well. I checked on other perennials Sunday afternoon to see if any more had sprouted. Not much has changed because the evening temperatures have still been cool.

While I was at it, I took a photo of the Achillea millefolium in front of the chicken house. It is very strange how much different they grow in certain areas. I think I will do an exclusive post about the species later.


Crocus sp.

It was great to see the Crocus I mentioned in the last post is up and flowering. It would be good to find out the species of this Crocus but I would REALLY like to know where they came from…


Crocus sp.

According to Plants of the World Online by Kew, there are 245 accepted species in the Crocus genus. Plants of the World Online is a very good website for plant names now, but their distribution maps are strange. They say Crocus species are native to Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Baleares, Bulgaria, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, North Caucasus, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia.

It also says they were introduced to Arkansas, Belgium, Connecticut, Great Britain, Ireland, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Netherlands, New York, Ontario, Oregon, Utah, West Himalaya. Hmmm… With the THOUSANDS of bulbs sold every year, how can that even be possible? There have to be millions growing in much of the United States. Raise your hand if you have seen Crocus in your state (both hands if you have some in your yard)… 🙂

I’m not complaining because I am sure it is a lot of work to manage a website like Plants of the World Online. They have done a GREAT job!


Cylindropuntia imbricata...

The Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla) has gotten its green color back. Now it will start doing weird things with itself. This cactus is really neat and for several months it will be doing something different every time I take photos… It keeps us entertained.


Hosta ‘Empress Wu’.

Finally, Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ is sprouting! GEEZ! I always start checking the Hosta at the beginning of March. There are always a few that have already started coming up. I have no idea when they first begin because I don’t check on them in February. I get pretty anxious because some don’t appear as soon making me wonder if they have survived the winter. The size of their “sprouts” is also variable… Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ sprouts are always large in comparison to the other Hosta I have grown. The above photo shows how tiny the sprouts of Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ are and it is supposedly the largest Hosta in the world…

Even though the Hosta are coming up, lingering cool temperatures will keep them from growing. They can sit like this for WEEKS! Continually freezing and thawing can have an adverse effect on Hosta. It is better for the ground to stay frozen, which you can prolong with a good layer of mulch that won’t blow off.


Monarda didyma ‘Cherry Pops’.

I was really surprised to see the Monarda didyma ‘Cherry Pops’ with new growth. I had to carefully examine the old stem to make certain the leaves were really coming from it. Sure enough, at least one of the two has survived the winter. The other one didn’t have new growth yet.

It is only mid-March so we have a ways to go before some of the perennials and re-seeding annuals will come up. The grass is greening up now which is a good sign.


I started this post on Sunday but I wanted to wait until today (Monday) to finish to see if the Crous flowers would be open. Sure enough, they were. There aren’t many, but they are still pretty neat.


You never know what will pop up, even when you have been at the same place for many years.

That’s it for now. Of course, I will keep checking on what else will be coming up. Probably every day or so. It is such an anxious time of the year!

Until next time, be safe and stay positive. I think it is plenty warm enough now to get really dirty!

10 comments on “Hosta ‘Empress Wu’, The Crocus, and Monarda

  1. Vicki says:

    Those crocuses are such a lovely sign of Spring. Good to hear you are finally starting to see the end of winter.
    Snow is fun, but very cold when you live on a farm and have outdoor tasks to do every day (whatever the season).

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  2. debbie lansdown says:

    Hi Rooster
    You Crocus pic looks stunning & really remind me that something simple is sometimes most beautiful – I have a flock of small white crocus with purple veining and I never get tired of looking at them.
    I moved my Achillea millefolium to a sunnier spot in Feb and it is much happier. It’s Moonshine I think.
    I also splashed out last week on 2 new perennial peonies – sorbet – they are very blousy girls! 3 layer confections in cream & Mauvey-pink .. hope they will flower 🤞🏻also picked up a couple of good bargains in the mark down section.
    Really intrigued to see what Tree Cholla will do next!

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    • Hello Debbie! Crocus are pretty neat and some have HUGE flowers in comparison to the size of the plants. I moved one of the bigger clumps of Achillea in front of the barn where it will get more sun. It is weird how they adapt and move to a sunnier spot all by themselves. Glad you found a couple of Peonies to your liking and found something interesting at a discount. That always makes it better. The Tree Cholla is anxious for warm temps so it can leaf and branch out and I am hoping it will flower. Thanks for the comment!


  3. Masha says:

    Great to see you’re finally slowly but surely moving out of winter. I love those Crocus flowers. I saw them at the supermarket a couple of days ago, don’t know why I didn’t buy a bunch. Oh well, next time I go.

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  4. Don’t you just love spring! I was just outside yesterday cleaning out my flower beds. Everything is coming up and my cactus is very green as well.

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