Crocuses: A Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

Late last week I received a review copy of Crocuses: A Complete Guide to the Genus by Janis Ruksans. This is the kind of gardening book that makes my garden-geeky heart beat faster. It focuses on one genus, and endeavors to tell you everything you could possibly want to know: growing in an open garden, [...]

Cornell Site Helps Match Spring Bulbs With Early Perennials

– Posted in: Design, Recommended Links

If you're like me, every spring you walk around the garden looking at the fresh leaves of emerging perennials, thinking that you should really plants some spring flowering bulbs nearby to take advantage of the lovely foliage. But I never write down my ideas, and I always forget. Fortunately, researchers with the Horticulture Department of [...]

Planting Tulips, Part 2

– Posted in: Garden chores

Yesterday I told you how I finally realized species tulips planted in the peony bed would help to bridge the bloom gap of late spring. I got the tulips chosen and purchased, and now I'm going to show you how I planted them. The Smartest Way to Plant 150 Tulip Bulbs But first let's talk [...]

Planting Tulips, Part 1

– Posted in: Garden chores

After the snowdrops, after the crocuses, after the daffodils, there is just about nothing blooming in the front of the house until the June show of peonies, irises, and poppies. I have not been the first person to notice this bloom gap, not by a long shot, and the traditional recommendation is to plant tulips [...]

Odyssey Bulbs on Martha Stewart

– Posted in: Catalog review, Recommended Links

Odyssey Bulbs has long been a favorite of mine for unusual bulbs (including unusual varieties of colchicum) that you're not likely to find elsewhere--not even at Brent and Becky's. I recently learned it was featured on Martha Stewart's tv show on January 22nd. If, like me, you missed it, you can still view it on [...]