Just in case you’re too busy enjoying summer, I’d like to point out to you that many fall bulb catalogs have deadlines coming up. If you order before the deadline, you get a discount that, while not stupendous, might offset some, or all, of the shipping cost for you. Odyssey Bulbs and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs both have July 1st deadlines, and McClure & Zimmerman has a June 30th deadline. So, this weekend, while you’re lounging by the pool, or lazing in a shady hammock (my preference, though we don’t have a hammock at the moment), bring along your bulb catalogs, a red pen, and a calculator, and see what you come up with.
I know I’ll be ordering more colchicums from Odyssey Bulbs, the only question being which ones. And there are several daffodils I’d like to get. I’m a sucker for the small-cupped, fragrant ones in pale colors. I don’t like the pinks–at least not in the photos I’ve seen–and I don’t like most doubles. Truth of the matter is, I already have a lot of daffodils around. They’re just all the same ones that were here when we moved in, which I’ve lifted and divided several times. What I need to do is dig some clumps up and give them away, and put new, choicer varieties in their places. Some timely ruthlessness on my part would help me justify some new acquisitions. It would also just make life easier. In some places, the daffodil foliage gets in the way, almost smothering something else coming on. I’ve decided the best place for daffodils is around daylilies, so my goal is to have every daylily partnered with a daffodil of some sort. Also, very early daffodils can go way, way, way back in the border, where you can see them when everything else is short, but the dying foliage is hidden as the other things grow up.
I think I’m going to limit myself to those two genera–colchicums and narcissus. I have a lot of crocus and a fair amount of snowdrops, and a dab of this and a dab of that of other small bulbs. Of course one can never have too many spring-blooming bulbs, especially in a cold climate where you may have seen nothing but snow for the last several months. I have come to realize, however, that anything you order now will have to be put in the ground later, and I already have plans to move a few peonies, which is a project in itself. Plus, if you must know, the weeding is going slow, and I’m pretty sure I’ll still be at it in the fall. Sigh. I wonder if I’ll ever get on top of it.