It’s a time of hope and joy. I could get discouraged about all the work that needs to be done outside. But, instead, I’m excited to see the coming beauty.
Even if all the work doesn’t get done, the flowers will bloom.
This is an exciting time when new leaves pop up. That means flowers won’t be far behind. There are both Crimson Pirate Daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Crimson Pirate’) and Kindly Light Daylilies (Hemerocallis ‘Kindly Light’) in this bed.
The thing about Daffodils is that they grow so low to the ground and droop slightly, so it’s hard to really see their faces. So bend down or get on your knees to fully appreciate them. Yes, it is hard for me, too, to get on my knees.
All ornamental bulb plants have leaves that store their food during dormant periods, like winter. So the foliage should not be cut off until they dry completely at the end of their blooming season.
Three Byzantine Gladiolus(Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus) bulbs were planted last October. These are new for me, and I can’t wait to see them. They are native to the Mediterranean area, so they love heat.
These were ordered from Old House Gardens, a family business in Michigan. I’m pretty careful where I order plants from. So although this company is far north, they have proven reliable. They inform me if I order something that won’t grow here, and they contract out growing certain bulbs in some places in the south. Their emails are fun as well as informational about what to plant at a certain time and what they have for sale.
Crinum Lily bulbs are very large (these were about 6 – 7 inches across) and difficult to dig up. They can get large enough to weight 20 pounds. Years ago three were planted close to the house for winter protection. They have done very well and multiplied many times. They needed to be dug up and separated but seemed like daunting task.
A new telephone fiber line going in that area forced me to perform that task. So many were dug up quickly one evening and put in pots. Some were damaged but I think they all will survive. Now I just have to figure out where to plant them. Crinums are worth it to me.
Each year I put off dividing these Ornamental Onions. This year it’s a must job. I need plants for two garden club plant sales, so that is my incentive. As they say, just get ‘er done.
I’m a huge fan of bulbs. I love how consistent and reliable they are, their gorgeous flowers and the anticipation they provide.
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you change the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer