SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2017 -Shipping has ended for the season, this list is up for reference only- Greetings, This ...
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached b...
"Man-despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of top ...
Fritillaria pontica My Dad is in Albania as I write this and I have to admit the older I get the more I wish he would slow down a bit an...
Fall blooming Crocus Updated 9/14/14 Thank you everyone, I am finished shipping for the year. I will leave this post up for refer...
Fritillaria persica Looking lovely on a calm, April evening. It did rain cats and dogs at times today though, with thunderstorms style ...
Here are some better pictures of the Iranian collection. JJA 17255 From the Archibald catalog for JJA 17255: Iran, Kordestan, SW...
SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2016 Shipping has ended, this list is here for reference only. Greetings, This year is...
Seems like this name is getting harder to find when you search the internet. It's one of the latest flowering if the California comple...
Acis valentina-blooming September 6th. Spain, said to be barely in cultivation. I really like this plant, it's tall stems, and delicate ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
"When the world wearies and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden."
I took a little walk around the garden this evening before daylight faded, it's become apparent that we have come to the end of another growing season, although the frost ended the tomatoes and peppers progress, the cabbage and kale are hanging on strong. The winter garden is just beginning and some of the bulbs are just starting the growing season. But for most this is the end of it and I've seen so many gardens around town that are tidied up with lush cover crops or straw covering the raised beds like toasty winter blankets. I'm never that ahead of the game and since half the garden was planted with winter food in mind, I guess I don't mind it looking like it's still a working place.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
It was pretty dark when I left the house this morning but based on the amount of frost I scrapped off the windshield, I'd say we go the first real killing frost of the season. I saw it coming and moved a flat of Ferraria and Morea seedlings and baby bulbs into the house. Gonna have to find something a bit more permanent for them. I still have plans for a frost free greenhouse, just waiting for that ship to come in.
So the picture is a little Thank you that got out at a local park. I donated some bulbs and the good folks at Wild Ginger gave some great irises for a small project garden near a kids play structure. Fun to watch it grow.
Chilly, frozen end to the growing season. But partly cloudy today and dry as of now.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
|Colchicum 'White Waterlily"|
Thursday, October 26, 2017
I swear it's not click bait and there is a story to it;
So I harvested some honey from the bee hives a few weeks ago and in the process I moved some frames around to a dead hive, that put a whole bunch of bees in an unknown location so they took a few days to reorient to the home hive, in the process a whole bunch of them ended up in the greenhouse, that evening it got pretty cold so they got stuck there. In the morning when it warmed up there was probably 800 bees in the greenhouse and a few of them found there way to the Crocus cartwrightianus 'Marcel' Click on the video to see what it looks like:
Crocus with bees:
It's 70 outside right now! Crazy for almost November.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. "Thomas A. Edison
So much of growing plants and especially plants well outside of the native range or habitat, is learning what doesn't work. There is the classic mantra "I killed that plant a dozen times or more before I really figured out how to grow it". Maybe that's one of the things that keeps people motivated to be a better gardener, most success comes from learning from mistakes, correcting them and moving on.
|Crocus thomasii fading colors in the late autumn light.|
|Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eyes'|