At last I found the name of my mystery Fritillaria with checkered racing stripes on its waxy, green petals, that I wrote about two posts ago. As I suspected, it is not a F. pontica at all, but Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana, native to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. It is a vigorous bulb, and there is a small forest of tiny shoots on its feet, all coming up from bulbils that emerge from the mother bulbs.
Another slender-stemmed Fritillaria species is also in full bloom in my garden for the moment. Fritillaria latakiensis has green-striped, almost black flowers with a brush-stroke of yellow on the petal tips. It comes from the hills of Southern Turkey and Syria. Just like F. hermonis above, it also loves well-drained soil in a sunny spot and increases obligingly if left undisturbed.
I don't think Anemone nemorosa 'Monstrosa' is monstrous at all; I rather find its frilly flowers a fun, extravagant contrast to the common, modest A. nemorosa flowers. It is a bit like a tiny drag queen, wanting to put up a show instead of being proper. Still, with its small stature and the freshest of spring colours, white and green, it never goes over the top.
The lemony-white Erythronium citrinums, citrus or cream fawn lilies from Oregon and northern California, are also out; I have several tufts of them in the back of my garden now. I've written about them in a earlier post, and they really are one of my favorites (hmmm... do I use that word too much in connection to plants?). I've been planning to plant a part of my garden in Saltsjöbaden with native North American West Coast plants. Erythroniums will definitely be included in it, together with trilliums and other wonderful woodland goodies from these shores. Actually, I might start collecting them here on my blog first...