Kathy asked me to help identify a blue flowering bulb and in the back of my mind I didn’t think there were any 5-petalled bulbs. I wished I had a bulb book keyed backwards by identifying characteristics like some of my wildflower books are. And, ta-da, there is one at World Wide Flowering Plant Family Identification, though it won’t fit in my knapsack with the other books. As a person always wondering what things are, this looks to be a useful site. If you can remember or scribble down the big things (# petals, leaves opposite, etc), you can steer pretty close; with a flower sample you’d be home.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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