No I don't mean the bird.
This time it's a flower.
This is Corydalis solida Beth Evans. I bought this plant about eight years ago from Jacques Amand.
I hadn't realised until today just how early in spring it flowers. It's a beautiful, unassuming little plant, growing to about 4 to 6 inches high. Once it has flowered, it disappears underground until the next year. It is a tuberous plant requiring good drainage, but it doesn't like to be baked in summer, and much prefers dappled shade. As do I.
Corydalis is from the Greek word korydalis meaning crested lark. You see, that's where the lark came from. This particular variety was named after the wife of Alf Evans, who was assistant curator at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden, and it is believed that it was a seedling that originated from there. Unfortunately, if it sets seed, the plants are not true to type.
I started tidying the garden up a bit today, because we've been promised some spring-like weather next week. Yippee! I even uncovered some crocus hiding among the dead stems, so the squirrels didn't get all of them then.