The crocus days are here! I've gone from finding one crocus up and blooming and taking a zillion pictures of it, to having so many crocuses blooming that I can no longer take individual pictures of them. People are always surprised how early these crocuses come up in the lawn. Generally, I'll see a few before Valentine's Day and then from that point on, I'll see more every day. They don't ever seem to be affected by snow and cold. On cloudy days they just close up and wait. On sunny days, … [Read more...] about Crocus Days Are Here!
Whenever I see the first crocuses blooming in the lawn in late winter, I exhale in relief. I can relax now. I can relax knowing the squirrels or chipmunks or voles or whatever did not eat all these corms before the flowers came up. I'm sure they ate some of them, but I still can plant more than they can possibly eat in one winter. I can relax knowing that some of the crocuses are coming up from previous years' plantings. At least I think I know they are from previous years because I see … [Read more...] about Crocuses… we can exhale now.
You can also listen to this post: When I'm out in the garden, and especially when I'm mowing the lawn, I feel like a movie star. Sometimes, I channel Sally Field in "Places in the Heart" when she played the part of Edna Spalding, the young widow in Texas who had to take over the farm after her husband died and harvest the cotton so she could pay the mortgage. Remember those scenes when she is out in the fields picking cotton with her rag-tag crew and her kids? Remember how sweaty she … [Read more...] about I feel like a movie star!
Flower circle Mystery, thy name is flower circles. In early spring, in the lawn, circles of flowers appear in some areas, especially those areas where gardeners have gone to some trouble to plant bulbs and corms in their lawns for spring flowers. The mystery is therefore not the appearance of flowers. They obviously come from the bulbs planted by gardeners The mystery is the appearance of flowers in a circle. Are these related to crop circles? Fairy rings? Whatever they are, … [Read more...] about Mystery, thy name is flower circles
Glory-of-the-snow in the lawn Would you like to have flowers in your lawn in the springtime? Of course you would! And you can. It's easy. Just order some corms for crocuses, Crocus tommasinianus is preferred over other crocuses, and some bulbs for glory-of-the-snow, Chionodoxa luciliae. I like to order them as soon as they start selling them in late spring, early summer. I usually don't get charged for them until they ship them in the fall and I don't have to worry they will … [Read more...] about Flowers in the Lawn
This is a rockery trowel People ask, "How do you plant bulbs in the lawn?" I answer, "With a rockery trowel." They nod knowingly. Of course, they should have thought of using a rockery trowel. As if they knew what a rockery trowel was. Show of hands... who knew what a rockery trowel was before reading this post? A rockery trowel is a trowel with a long skinny head which allows me to plant hundreds thousands of bulbs in my lawn. I merely thrust the trowel into the ground, push it … [Read more...] about Rocking the bulbs in the lawn