Warm Microclimates For Earlier Blooms: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day February 2012

– Posted in: Mud Season, What's up/blooming

Crocuses and snowdrops are blooming in my northern garden. In February! In any other year, it would be preposterous. Yes, it's been an unusually mild winter, but none of my other crocuses, including all of those on the Crocus Bank, have poked up even one pointy leaf. As you probably surmised from the title, these [...]

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, [...]

Choose locations to plant fall bulbs now

– Posted in: Garden chores, Plant info, Snowdrops, What's up/blooming

In January, the snowdrops in the Secret Garden looked like this: This Sunday just passed--March 7th--those same snowdrops looked like this: Such are the vagaries of an upstate New York winter. Since then, the temperatures have been mild and the sunshine brilliant, and the snow is receding. This, my fellow cold climate gardeners, is the [...]

How to Plant a Lot of Crocuses

– Posted in: How-to

For years now, we've enjoyed the crocus display along one side of our driveway. This spring I decided it should be even bigger, and over the last two days I planted a hundred more, bringing the total to over nine hundred. The "soil" is compacted clay, making the corms somewhat difficult to plant, but, happily, [...]

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day April 2009

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Looking over last year's April Bloom Day post, I see the same things blooming at pretty much the same time. The smaller-and-earlier species crocus are on the wane, but the later-and-larger Dutch crocus are definitely making a color statement. I'm thinking about getting more of these and extending the crocus bank further towards the road [...]

Bees return to the Crocus Bank

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

About fifteen years ago I planted a bit more than 800 bulbs into the north-facing bank of our driveway. Um, no, not all in one day. Not all in the same year, actually. You can read more about it here. It's a madness I've never regretted, because the vision in my head that spurred me [...]