March bloom day post. There are several varieties of late season bloomers, several budded but not yet open, that hopefully will be in bloom next month. Today’s featured flowers will most likely not be in bloom for April’s bloom day, so this is their chance to shine. There will be no cutesy names assigned, someone has already named them officially. There are a couple that were passalongs that we don’t know their names and another that you will just have to see for yourself. N. ‘Audubon’, above, had just opened for the
welcome spring post but really should be included in the mid season group also. These are planted at the end of the long wall and under the pine trees. They were more expensive than most, and were one of the only types not sold out from Van Engelen, so only a few were purchased a couple of years ago.
These are planted en masse along the street front within the liriope. There are three sections of frontage, each with two rows of large clumps of this one, a whole lotta Salome, which came in large bags from the big box store.
N. ‘Ice Follies’
Only two clumps of these,they are not speedy spreaders.
Passalong from Mae and Mickey. This may be N. ‘Redhill.’
Groups of these are planted under the pine trees.
N. ‘Pink Pride ‘
A mass purchase from a big box store several years ago. These are in the daylily hill, along the front walkway, and beside the garage.
From Semi,this looks also like N. ‘Redhill’
Two clumps of these are at the top of the hill.
N. Bulbocodium ‘Golden Bells’
New this year, tiny but terrific.
From Van Englen, these were interplanted with the Greigii tulips in five groups, interplanted with alliums and some, this group shown above, planted alone, ringed in grape hyacinths to mark them. These get the most sun, we hope the others will bloom and not get lost with the tulips and alliums. What was I thinking, they are so little!
What a Mess. This seems to be a double of some kind. Has anyone ever seen something like this? All the flowers look the same, not quite right, a breeding experiment gone very wrong. Added: This has been identified as Van Sion. The research explains that after a year or so the flowers revert to a tangled mess, rather than polite doubles. It came with the property, as did Mount Hood, Tahiti, and Ice Follies, along with the very early Narcissus pseudonarcissus. These are all cultivars that were in commerce at the time this house was built, 1940-1950. In the beginning there was some gardening done here, the plantings all date to what was popular during that time. Then the house was a rental for many years until we purchased it in 1996. There was much bramble and picker bushes on the hill, plus an old apple orchard, totally given over to huge wasp nests amid the rotting fruit. The first team of tree trimmers left the job of clearing the hill half finished due to a wasp attack and subsequent hospital trip. Until we moved into the house ourselves in 2000, we tried weedwhacking and even mowing with the trusty electric mower, but were unable to wrestle control of the hill back from the privet, mimosa, honeysuckle and poison oak in addition to the fruit trees. Finally, the big boys came with the backhoe, which moved the shed to the top of the hill, scooped out terraces and gave us a blank slate. Several large dump trucks of mulch were poured on the whole thing afterwards. As I began to plant and plan, in that order, bulbs were found and planted in the beds. It was a surprise when they bloomed to see that there were different types, although the earliest one, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, was by far the most numerous. We have slowly but surely been spreading these far and wide on the hillside, for seeing the yellow trumpets in early February is the most gladdening of sights. More can never be enough. We have added more fancy daffodils, with pink trumpets, tiny trumpets, special color combos, trying to extend the season of these spring blooms. There are some interesting ones yet to open. All are lovely, except for the double gone wrong. I keep hoping that one year it will straighten itself out and bloom properly, but so far, that has not happened. The what a mess is limited to one group of about five. It will not be divided and spread about.
Frittilaria Uva Vulpis
This is another bulb that will be finished before the bloom day so it is included with this group. Planted in batches of six along the forty foot wall behind the house the first year, these are left alone by the voles that have moved into that space. They need to be divided now, the blooming is decreasing and the foliage is very crowded. They are subtle in their beauty and need to be planted at eye level to be appreciated. They are a good companion to the grape hyacinths, blooming at the same time and about the same height. Let’s think of a way to make an artful planting of them.