No matter how long I garden, and I’ve gardened for a long time, I think I’ll always have to look up the botanical name for this Glory of the Snow. I believe it is a Chionodoxa of some type. I can never remember beyond Chion… and then I have to go look it up. It’s an annual rite of spring.
I’ll also admit I have no idea how to pronounce it. I’m not even sure I’ve ever said it out loud. I’ll confess that I really am not all that sure this is a Chionodoxa, anyway.
I guess I’ll just to stick with the generic Glory of the Snow.
Some people think that all I do is garden and think about gardening when I have day off from work, but on this first day of Spring I actually went to see the Indiana Historical Society’s new exhibit called Indiana Experience. They have these “You Are There” exhibits that you enter by walking through a 3D photo image, which is very cool. One of the exhibits is of a garage in 1924, where they had this tractor on display.
They also had a grocery store circa 1945, with this Victory Garden poster.
See, I do other things besides gardening! (Sort of)
In the garden today, I cut back the few perennials still left from last year and sent them through the chipper shredder, along with grape vine trimmings. Every time I use that shredder with its handy collection bin, I’m reminded again how much I like it, and how easy it makes clean up in the garden.
I was almost ready to quit for the evening when I looked at the ‘Stella D’Oro’ daylilies just beginning to emerge and thought about how I’ve wanted to get rid of those over-used daylilies for awhile now.
According to the Hoosier Gardener, a guy from northwest Indiana named Jablonski hybridized this daylily in ’77. With apologies to him, I dug them all out and threw them in the compost bin. There were quite a few along the edge of the patio and I just did not want to include them in my new garden design or admit to the Garden Designer that I even grew them.
They are gone now and will return to the garden someday as compost.
Remember the first of the five secrets to achieving happiness in your garden? Grow the plants you love. I just didn’t love ‘Stella d’Oro’ anymore. But I do hope the Garden Designer has some ideas on where to plant the spider-type daylilies I bought last summer.