Some Bulbs

march-24-2009-085-2The spring bulb season is racing along. Tulips from the grocery planted in the newly purchased last fall purple pot were pictured as a combination of purple- Purple Prince and orange-Van Eijk. Squinting might let the prince be purple, but orange, well, who’s complaining, it looks fine anyway. In fact the photo shows it as more orange than the pink it is in real life.march-24-2009-007-2Lorikeet opens solid yellow then the trumpet blends to peachy pink as the days roll by.march-24-2009-010-2Tahiti came with the property and has been vigorous and dependable. The orange highlights in the double petals echo the coral of the flowering quince.march-20-2009-030-2Mount Hood was another daffodil growing here when we moved in. The trumpet opens yellow then fades to pure white. This is an elegant and large flower.march-24-2009-023-2Hyacinths in the yellow/white bed were purchased in bloom several years ago for that pale yellow color. One has turned blue. It is always astonishing when things like that happen.march-24-2009-011-2Limbo with the orange trumpet is planted on the daylily hill with Pink Pride.march-24-2009-012-2Pink Pride is a delicately colored creature. Planting one each of Limbo and Pink Pride in every hole several years ago seems like it could have been an error in judgement. But the spring foliage of Magic Carpet spirea helps tie these mismatched colors together, seen in the lower right in the Limbo photo and mid left above.march-24-2009-084-2Fritillaria uva vulpis is in full bloom along the wall. They need dividing but each time we thrust the shovel downward it isn’t far enough to get below the bulb and we decapitate them. Very disheartening. The coral greiggii tulip Toronto is opening. The red flowered Oratorio is barely showing a bud. The hoped for pairing of these two is not panning out. We won’t even mention the little hoopskirt daffodil Golden Bells that is totally obscured by the tulip foliage as it bravely tries to show its yellow blooms later in the season. This might be the year to dig the whole mess out and replant now that the truth of bloom times is known.march-24-2009-013-2Scarlet Gem, which we at first thought was Yellow Cheerfulness is open along the deck wall. Last years post about the daffodils corrected the misnomer. Click here to read about the mid season and here to read about the late bloomers of 2008.march-24-2009-017-2Gentle Giant needs to be moved from the upper slope to the wall to better appreciate that astounding trumpet.march-24-2009-056-2Mixed hyacinths planted in the large concrete container will be planted out in the garden after they are past peak. I was hoping for a yellow one as was featured on the package. Maybe the unopened one will be that color. ADDED: (The unopened hyacinth in the above photo is indeed the desired yellow! Hooray!) Also planted at the same time was a pack of mixed crocus. They are completely obscured by the hyacinths and will be placed in a proper setting to be appreciated. Planting bulbs in containers is the best way to see where the optimum placement for them is come spring in a crowded garden.march-24-2009-040-2From dear neighbors Mae and Mickey, this might be Redhill.march-24-2009-060-2Muscari latifolium was seen in a magazine article in 2000 and planted along the ridge before any of the other shrubs and perennials. They are totally lost in the area now but a few have managed to show themselves, even if they have to pretend they are a hellebore to be noticed.march-24-2009-044-2Salome is another changling. This photo shows the beginning, transforming and final color of the trumpets. This daffodil is planted along the front curbing in three beds amongst the liriope.march-24-2009-039-2For those who crave a little macro magic, a red tulip that came potted from Walmart.
The title is inspired by the name of Happy Mouffetard’s, The Inelegant Gardener’s, undergardener who digs where instructed, Some Beans.

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58 Responses to Some Bulbs

  1. Darla says:

    Oh my!! Just beautiful and I adore your containers. So what, you have some mixed matched colors…adds character to the gardens. It is amazing when the ph changes in the soil and it affects the colors of the blooms…….at least I have read it’s the ph that does it.

    Hi Darla, thanks. I love the containers too, but have never had much success with planting them to my own satisfaction. The purple one comes close, but the look is fleeting. What will go in there for summer? Who can tell? As for the color changing hyacinth, that is just me being sarcastic with an attempt at clever. The bulb was mislabeled. πŸ™‚

  2. What beauties you have in the garden now Frances. I love the idea of the muscari “pretending” to be a hellebore to be noticed.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. I know you are only a short time behind us here, too. Sort of like looking into the crystal ball. πŸ™‚ The only reason I noticed the muscari was thinking there was a blue hellebore, without my glasses on that is! HA

  3. kanak says:

    What a profusion of blooms. Loved them all. The concrete container with the hyacinths look gorgeous. So does the macro shot.

    Hi Kanak, thanks so much. Now if I can figure out a good annual arrangement for the containers once the bulbs are planted in ground. πŸ™‚

  4. commonweeder says:

    How beautiful! The morning is gray and cold here. I want your spring!

    Hi Pat, thanks. Raining cats and dogs here at the moment, but no complaining about that. It is warm enough and there is much in bloom to view out the window from the lazyboy while catching up on blogging. But your own spring will come and it will be wonderful. πŸ™‚

  5. Les says:

    What a nice collection of Narcissus. I particularly seem to be drawn to those that have a dark center like your ‘Gentle Giant’ and ‘Limbo’.

    Hi Les, thanks. There are only a few of each of those fancy daffs, unlike the hundreds of the early sensation ones. Their impact in the garden is much less than their impact on the blog. πŸ™‚ Gentle Giant is a real beauty in person.

  6. Hello Frances

    I love the pink pride. The Fritillaria is really subtle and delicate.

    Some years ago I lived near Oxford where there was a protected meadow (flood plain) full of Fritillary,so I always think back when this flower appears in a post.

    Such great photos.


    Hi Rob, thanks. The fritt is very subtle. There are a couple of patches of the F. meleagris that bloom a little later. I have seen photos from England of them in a meadow, was it at one of Prince Charles’ places? Planted with red poppies it was delightful. No room for meadows here, and too steep of a slope, meadows kind of need to be flat ground for the right effect. πŸ™‚

  7. Gail says:

    Frances…I love the hyacinth masquerading as a hellebore! My mind registered hellebore leaf and went…What is that flower! Good thing I was reading along! You have a lovely and enviable daffodil display…After our division conversation…I think I want to try to grow a few more. Have you had luck with the species? Have a good day…more rain here! gail

    Hi Gail, thanks, good catch on that, it shows you actually read the text, even if at first you were just window shopping. HA The daffodils do very well here, all of them. They don’t even mind the horrible subsoil clay that is behind the long wall. I need to fertilize the fancy ones though, like Christopher’s Bulbarella, NOW. The species I have is N. canaliculatus. It grew so fast it crowded itself out in one year. Last year it was spread hither and yon, and has not bloomed yet, but it always was later. There are a few very late ones that I have had to move so they are not covered by emerging perennials, like hostas, they are that late. They need to be apart so they get enough sun and room to shine. I am thinking of a visit to Mouse Creek today. The weekly trek.

  8. tina says:

    That muscari is really cool! And I think it a shame about the frittilaria. You might have to dig a really big hole and dig out around them then try to stick that shovel down there. I have same problem with trilliums. They are very deep too. Can’t wait until they bloom. I’ve always wanted to try some but haven’t yet. Looking great at Fairegarden! This rain is a bonus.

    Hi Tina, thanks. Raining like a waterfall here, hooray. The plants need to stock up on the moisture before the drought comes later on. I do hope we get some April showers too, but the last couple of years it kind of stops at the end of March. There will be a major digging project to get those tulips and fritts out. The soil along the wall is the subsoil clay from the foundation digging during the renovation, along with broken cinder blocks and other clean fill. The voles have a metropolis in there also, so no telling what I will find. I think the bulbs have buried themselves down much deeper than they were planted, maybe to get below the vole runs. It will be a big project, The Financier might have to get into the act. He is a digging machine! HA And a big birthday hug to Skeeter!

  9. Janet says:

    Beautiful blooms Frances! I think I am drawn to the hyacinths…as mine are few and not too full. Their scent is just heavenly. Nice variety of daffodils. That macro shot is pretty neat.

    Hi Janet, thanks. Me too about the hyacinths. The form, colors and scent all draw me to them. I have learned to plant them in groups of three close together for more impact. I noticed the daff posts last year were a bunch of macros. I wanted to show more of the garden this time, so I could tell what is planted where. πŸ™‚

  10. Joy says:

    Frances ! I really love the container plantings .. I wish we could do that here but our zone is just too mean. I have a feeling by the time I post pictures of our Spring bulbs you will be into summer plants ? LOL
    I found another hellebore on line (I just couldn’t wait for our garden centers) Royal Heritage is the cultivar .. so now I am looking forward to Spring 2010 already ? LOL
    PS .. I need this fix of such pretty bulbs in beautiful colours .. thanks !

    Hi Joy, thanks. We gardeners always need to be planning ahead. Now is the time that I start to think about the bulb order for this fall, while the gaps can be seen. I worry about the containers holding the bulbs over winter too. Sometimes the bulbs have rotted or been pilfered by the squirrels. I now know to cover the tops with chicken wire, or rosemary branches or both. It looks terrible all winter, but saves the bulbs for now, when the bulbs are large enough to discourage digging. It can still happen, and all the bulbs will be laying on the ground in the morning around the pots. I have placed rocks around the edges for extra deterrance, it is a real and present danger!

  11. Blossom says:

    The red tulip is really red. What a bright color. And of course, beautiful! The rest of the flowers are significantly awesome!

    HA Blossom, thanks. Significantly awesome is a goal here. πŸ™‚

  12. Frances,
    Beautiful spring display! Your garden must already be so colorful!

    Hi Cameron, thanks. The early daffs are fading now, and nothing quite matches that carpet of color here. But there are plenty of mass plantings to enhance the specimens, like the grape hyacinths and magic carpets. I am learning that the background plants are just as important as the stars in the overall design. So much to learn, in the meantime trying to get things to grow and prosper and adding new plants, weeding, blogging. It is raining today so at least the blogging might get slightly caught up. Rain there too?

  13. Beautiful pot and planting in the top picture, and thanks for the zing of red – that came as a surprise – all be it a lovely one!

    Hi Karen, thanks. The macro red was a real surprise when loaded onto the computer, the way the red filled the screen. Kind of fun.

  14. Spring hasn’t just sprung in your garden but it’s all singing and all dancing spring fest. πŸ˜‰

    Rescueing the Frits: dig around them carefully, if need be by your own faire bare hands. That’s how I rescued quite a few snowdrops, crocus and dafs this year.

    Hi YE, thanks. I remember from last year that we are on similar schedules with our bloomings and such. Thanks for that about the digging up of the bulbs. I might have to get The Financier to dig while I carefully find the bulbs so as not to damage them again. There are vole tunnels all along the wall and I think the bulbs have dropped below them to find soil. It will be a big dig!

  15. Dave says:

    Beautiful blooms Frances! I love the shot of the hellebore-muscari.

    Hi Dave, thanks. Glad to see you were reading as well. πŸ™‚

  16. Monica says:

    Hi Frances, What are the red flowers (shrub?) behind Tahiti (a quince?)? I love fritillaries–I have a snake’s head which is pretty darn cute… but it’s still underground. Thanks for sharing your color! Not much progress here–it’s still too cold.

    Hi Monica, thanks for visiting, if not reading! HA It is an ornamental quince, passalong from my neighbors that has been spread to three spots from the suckering it does. The color is wonderful with the yellows of daffs and the blues of the grape hyacinths. It has a long bloom period too. I keep them to about two feet with pruning or they would get very large. Most people around here have never touched theirs and they are huge and the bloom not as concentrated. Your spring will come, soon I hope!

  17. joey says:

    You must be ecstatic, Frances. I am, simply visiting your garden that sings of spring and must also smell heavenly with all your potted hyacinths in bloom. Can you tell I’m getting antsy …

    Hi Joey, thanks. The hyacinths are a special treat here, the color, form and scent make them a favorite. They are slower to multiply, so new ones are added each year. Your spring will be coming soon, surely, hopefully, maybe? Hang in there and keep publishing those recipes that are the staple of my cooking attempts! πŸ™‚

  18. Monica says:

    LOL, you are right! I somehow read the first sentence (to know it’s Tahiti) but completely missed the second sentence!! On the positive side, I feel good IDing it correctly, then! About your comment on my Parkathon post: I know you recently commented on my Froggies post, but am not certain about Parkathon. In any case, I do NOT delete comments, so… dunno what Blogger may be up to (I’ve had that happen, too, where I swear I posted a comment somewhere, but then it doesn’t show up…)

    Whew, Monica, that’s a relief. Sometimes I just think I have left a comment, but this time I remember the guess about the basketball. Blogger is mean to me sometimes, it is a big bully!

  19. Monica says:

    OK, now that I think about it, I would have remembered basketball because you’re the first person to guess correctly! Pete’s body and a basketball hoop. Not a normal one, but one where the ball can come out of three different slots. I don’t even have comment moderation or word verification, so if Blogger is randomly losing comments I’m going to… I’m going to… I don’t know what!

    Hooray, I got it right, but boo to the comment being lost. Maybe I didn’t fill the form out right or something. Whenever I comment on blogger, I have to fill the whole thing out every single time, no matter how many times I have visited. I have gotten used to it and can type that info out in my sleep. If I am signed into blogger, it is there automatically, but the link goes to the blogger faire garden which I am thinking of deleting just for spite. Nearly everyone is on blogspot too, so I do a lot of typing beyond just writing a comment. Just a little more whine today. πŸ™‚ From now on I will wait to make sure the comment is published, I normally do that, but maybe the phone rang or the stove buzzer chimed and I got distracted before finishing, who knows. Anything is possible.

  20. Michelle says:

    Im in love! Spring bulbs are just so incredible. I cant wait to see how my new ones do this year! I planted gladiator, gigantium, blobemaster alliums, checker lilies, pink charm daffs, leucojum, snowdrops, about five different tulips etc… cant wait. thanks for sharing your amazing garden with us.

    Hi Michelle, thanks. Your bulbs sound wonderful. I still have some leucojum that are barely peeking out of the ground, newly planted last fall. It is good to have some early, mid and late, it really extends the season. I love the alliums too, gladiator always tempts me. I have purple sensation and drumstick that will bloom later, I hope!

  21. gittan says:

    I have ran out of words… speechless… jealous…looking thrue my window..and all I see is a few crocus… sigh. Lovely post as allways my dear friend / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks, I hope you are feeling better soon. Your garden will be lovely soon, whenever spring decides it is time. We call both the salad ones and the pickle ones cucumbers here. I am looking forward to having those on the plate!

  22. Catherine says:

    All very pretty. I like the combinations in the pots. I’ve tried that here, but the squirrels like to dig in the pots.

    Hi Catherine, thanks. You are absolutely right about those squirrels. We have to keep the pots covered from the moment of bulb planting until now with chickenwire. We have had good luck with the fence of rosemary sticks closely stuck around the edge of the pot too. It still looks silly, but is cheaper and easier to work with. I have a large wire lid that belongs on the firepit that just fits over the large concrete container that was there all fall and winter. I had put some large rocks around the edges of the pot for protection now that the lid is off. We would have no bulbs with the protections, thanks to the squirrels.

  23. Thank you for the link, Frances – SomeBeans will become insufferable now he has inspired a thread title!
    Beautiful photos which just scream out that Springhas arrived.

    Hi Happy, thanks, and you are most welcome. Anyone who digs where instructed deserves some recognition, and I have always loved the name.

  24. Racquel says:

    Hi Frances, I love the combinations of colors in your bulb containers! Especially in the first shot with that pretty blue pot. Your garden is really popping right now with the variety of Daffodils & Hyacinths you have planted. Just beautiful!

    Hi Racquel, thanks so much. I love those glazed pots and they have done the best at wintering over without cracking, so far anyway. They are often half price around Christmas time and I search for different colors or shapes. That one is unique in color and shape both. In real life it is a heathered light purple and I had a vision of purple and orange tulips after finding the sort of purple and orange violas. I am much better with the bulb combos than the summer annuals in the containers. Maybe the angelonias would look good in the purple pot?

  25. Michelle says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes that is the woodland flox. Its a photo from last spring though. Not quite there yet this year. It was taken at a local woodland garden just down the road from me. I wish it was my yard!

    Hi Michelle, it was my pleasure. Sometime real life just takes too much time to visit all the blogs as I would like. Today I am able to visit more, and was struck by the beauty of that phlox. Thanks for giving me the scoop on it. Such a mass planting would take a great deal of space and time to reach that look. I wish I could have it too. πŸ™‚

  26. YDavis says:

    I love that purple pot!!!
    I really love all your photos. They are just so colorful.

    Hi YD, thanks. I am with you on the purple pot, it is my new favorite. The color, the shape, the size, it has it all. πŸ™‚

  27. Sheila says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Isn’t spring grand?

    Hi Sheila, thanks. It surely is, and so are avocados. πŸ™‚

  28. Brenda Kula says:

    Sometimes I wish I had a big space for gardening like you do. Then I’d never go inside! But my little space is coming along, albeit slowly. Your blooms just punctuate the fact that spring has really sprung. I planted hyacinths for the first time, and they are so regal looking! If I’d realized I’d like them so much, I’d have planted them a long time ago! But then, my garden is still just in it’s third year.

    Hi Brenda, thanks. The garden is very rewarding and sometimes I like the size and sometimes it seems almost too much for me to care for. If only it were flat! Go for more hyacinths!!! Life is too short to be without them. πŸ™‚

  29. Sweet Bay says:

    I love the tulips and pansies together — so pretty!

    I haven’t seen Muscari latifolium before. Very nice!

    Hi Sweetbay, thanks. I like to overplant the bulbs with violas or pansies in the fall. The bulbs can come up through the little plants, although there needs to be some space between them, a mistake I have made a few times. And never overplant with ornamental kale, it gets too big. πŸ™‚ The M. latifolium has interesting leaves, other than that, it it not much different from the old fashioned kind.

  30. skeeter says:

    Your tulips and daffys are beautiful and so many you have at Fairegarden! I added them this year to my garden and am finding them very enjoyable. If they survive the wrath of the voles, I will add more next year! Nothing says hello and welcome spring like daffys and tulips.

    The tour of Biltmore is great and we must get there some time and soon! Season passes is a wonderful gift for you to enjoy so that you can see the different seasons of blooms! Kudos to the gift giver πŸ™‚ for that one…

    Hi Birthday Girl, many more happy ones for you too! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting. I have heard of people planting tulips, or crocus in the middle of a circle of daffodils since the daffs are poisonous and not bothered by any critters. Daffodils are the one bulb that is nearly indestructible, although the drainage must be good, they can still rot, like so many of the bulbs. I have also heard of lining the hole with gravel to deter voles. As for the Biltmore passes, yes, he hit the mark with this one! πŸ™‚

  31. That yellow hyacinth is stunning; partly the color but also the openness of the form.

    Hii Linda, thanks. I just love the yellow and noticed today that the unopened bud in the concrete planter of mixed hyacinths is yellow! Hooray! Most of the hyacinths are looser in form in subsequent years after the initial planting. Some people don’t like that aspect, but I like them better that way.

  32. Gorgeous blooms! I think ‘Lorikeet’ is my favorite, but they are all so wonderful.

    Hi MMD, thanks. It is funny how people make the same comments. From the late daff post last year, “Your Daffs are great. When I 1st saw a picture of β€˜Lorikeet,’ I thought β€œeew!” A couple of years later I started to think, hmm, not so bad. Last year I almost ordered it – then I saw the price! :^( Someday, the price will fall…”. Now here’s the thing, this year, it is not even offered at any price at Van Engelen! Fidelity is offered, but I have that one and the contrast is not as great. Billy Graham is there, but looks more pale. Sagitta is said to open and stay pink. Maybe the yellow opening was considered undesirable. I think they are much better this year than last, but they went from a pot to the ground last year, sort of disruptive. I will be on the lookout for you and let you know if I see any in the catalogs.

  33. James says:

    Your Muscari/Hellebore lovechild made me look twice! Good pictures, as always.
    Thank you

    Hi James, thanks for noticing. I would not have even seen the little muscari in the miasma of plants if it had not been posing as a hellebore.

  34. Barbara says:

    Frances, what a great variety of daffs. Just so pretty. Was scrolling through, thinking I’ve got to get some bulbs in pots. Can you plant them up and leave them out during the winter, or do you move them from a cold room to your garden? I’ve got several pots planted with woody plant material up against Kevin’s car in the garage….maybe next year I’ll sneak in some bulb pots.

    Hi Barbara, thanks. We do leave them out in the winter here, but you might want to put them in a cold frame or garage. You’ll just have to experiment, or ask around what others might do. It is worth the extra effort and moving them to the garaden is happens at a perfect time to see where a space is open.

  35. layanee says:

    True eye candy! You have provided some relief from the very slowly changing landscape outside my window. Many thanks!

    Hi Layanee, thanks. I wish the spring happening in our backyard could be teleported to you.

  36. Jean says:

    I just love the great variety of daffodils you have. And that yellow hyacinth is really pretty. Interesting how it’s so much more delicate looking than the blue, at least to my eyes. I love it all! πŸ™‚

    Hi jean, thanks. I love the yellow ones too, but believe the blue compliments the lighter color nicely. Your brother’s photos were amazing, BTW! πŸ™‚

  37. Kathy in Napa says:

    Daffodils are long gone here, and you remind me of my regrets every spring that I did not plant more.Here we are enjoying Freesias and awaiting the rose – wonderful photos as always !
    Kathy in Napa

    Hi Kathy, thanks. Isn’t that the way of it? Wishing we had planted more? Freesias are so delicate and fragrant, we grew them in Houston, white ones to brighten a shady woodland, but they will not winter over here in TN.

  38. lynn says:

    OMG Frances, that combination of purple pinky-orange tulips sure pick up the right colors in those pansies…I love it! I’ve tried potting tulips but they don’t do well for me..the bulbs usually turn to mush by spring time. Also I love the daff and quince photo, beautiful contrast…thank you!

    Hi Lynn, thanks so much. One tip about potting the tulips is to use a very free draining potting mix. The color of the quince enhances all the daffs, so nice that they bloom at the same time. The blue grape hyacinths add just the right touch to that brightness, I need to spread more of them around the hillside. Always room for improvement! πŸ™‚

  39. Just Amazing! Beautiful blooms… I love your first photo of the tulips in the purple pot!!

    Hi Shady, thanks so much. That purple pot has great potential, doesn’t it?

  40. Rose says:

    Frances, I’ve had a busy week, am bone-tired, and should be going to bed right now for an early day tomorrow–but instead I’m just soaking in all this beauty. Can’t think of a clever comment to make except I could just sit in your garden for hours and take in all this loveliness.
    Thanks for the tip on planting bulbs in containers; I’d never thought of that. It would be a good way, too, to fill in the empty spaces in spring where I thought I planted bulbs!

    Hi dear Rose, I hope you can get rested up, being bone tired is no fun. No clever comment necessary. So glad that you are enjoying the photos to plant the seed of spring flower dreams in your head. Here’s another tip, buy the prepotted bulbs at the big box and slip them into a pretty pot, or the ground next spring! πŸ™‚

  41. Your bulbs have gone crazy, Frances! wish mine would do the same too! Wow! What a profusion! I’ve never seen Hyacinths in such colors! Oh! I can’t stop the exclamations! I’m going CRAZY!!!!!

    Hi Chandramouli, thanks so much, you are so funny! I wish you could see the garden in person and would be interested in what insight you would provide about the meaning of things in your culture. πŸ™‚

  42. Meems says:

    Oh, Frances, all your blooming bulbs just speak of spring in such an elegant way. They are blooms that down here in Central Florida can only be seen in potted-up imports. We pay high price and oogle and goggle over them at Easter and then say a quick bye-bye.

    Your photos give them the perfect spotlight and the prettiness of them all must be such a delight for you after your chilly winter.
    Loved the place to dream post – every person I know has been there but for some reason I have not… it makes no sense. I must make the effort next time I am in that beloved vacinity. You captured it well but on your next visit it shall surely be a burst of color.
    Have a great day… I have a little one (2 actually)again today so we will be ‘playing’ in the garden today.
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

    Hi Meems, thanks. How fun to be able to play outside with the small fry! I could say I am sorry that these types of bulbs are not something you can grow, and I am, but after seeing your veggie garden post, it is I who need your sympathy. What a spread! πŸ™‚ Do try to visit the Biltmore sometime, and be sure and allow at least a couple of days to do it too.

  43. mothernaturesgarden says:

    Gentle Giant is new to me and I really like it. Visiting was a pleasure.

    Hi Donna, thanks. I cannot remember where that daff came from. I only have one bulb it seems, that is not my usual buying habit. It may have been in a mixture of bulbs from Lowe’s that had tulips and other things in it. I don’t even know how I know the name. πŸ™‚

  44. Monica says:

    Hi Frances, I think creating a free Google account would help Blogger remember who you are without linking to your blogger blog. You can link to whatever website you like, like your WordPress blog! (I can’t test it out completely because I have Google tied to my blogger account and can’t tell which feature does what, but I’m pretty sure it would work, outwitting blogger!…)

    Hi Monica, thanks for that link. I have a google account already. It links to my blogger blog since I still have it up and I cannot change it. I could use that to comment, but then it goes to that dang blogger blog. I have thought about deleting it, but that would cause broken links for anyone who has linked to a specific post and cost me *google juice* whatever the heck that is. Do I even care about google juice? HA

  45. You are a very talented gardener. We have been on a slope since 1962 and still don’t really know what to do with it. LOL Looks like you have solved the problems. We just planted some dwarf bamboo today. It is supposed to be hardy here where we live in southern Ohio with mulching.

    Hi Abraham, thanks and welcome. With the planting of bamboo on your slope, it seems like you are more interested in covering ground than creating a garden. Good luck with it.

  46. greenwalks says:

    Stunning array, Frances. I love them all. How do you know the names of the ones that were there when you moved in? Maybe you already answered this, I will have to look. I have been slowly finding out the names of things that were here for us when we arrived. It’s been a long, slow process mostly due to my own ignorance of full-sun plants, coming as I did from a shade garden as my first learning experience. Love the fritillarias, are they snakeshead? Mine are struggling, wish they were big enough to divide although it sounds like it’s a pain. Funny about the muscari masquerading as a hellebore. πŸ™‚

    Hi Karen, thanks. I researched bulb sites to find the names of the ones that were here, knowing they had to have been older cultivars planted long ago. Mount Hood is one I had grown before at another house, its size and color made that an easy one. Those fritts are not the snake head, aren’t those F. meleagris? They need a very moist soil. F. uva vulpis is more forgiving of moisture.

  47. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Gorgeous, every last one of them, whether they’re the colors advertised or not! It’s not been a great year for bulbs here at Wit’s End. Maybe the Lilac Wonder tulips will make up for the other bulbs’ lackluster performance.

    Hi Cindy, thanks. You are so right, they are still great, no matter what they were advertised to be. I know Lilac Wonder, a little species, right? Hope you get satisfaction from them. πŸ™‚

  48. patsi says:

    Ok…now I envy you !
    So many gorgeous flowers and I even love the pots !

    Hi Patsi, thanks. Your spring will come soon, in the meantime you can watch those gorgeous birds. That purple pot is my pride and joy and the moment, with our without plants. Love those half price sales or it would not be able to come live here. πŸ™‚

  49. easygardener says:

    Just for a moment I was confused by the strange hellebore! You have a fine selection of daffodils too.
    I’m thinking of transferring my potted Fritillaria uva vulpis into the garden. I see I will have to chose their position carefully if they are going to be un-movable in the future (lol)

    Hi EG, thanks. I did a double take passing by it with the camera. From afar it looked like a blue hellebore, although a tiny one. πŸ™‚ The problem with our fritts is that along the back of the block wall there are many voles trails. The bulbs must have lowered themselves down below the tunnels to get to soil. I am glad the critters didn’t eat the bulbs, but fritts are avoided by animals, like the daffodils. In a normal location you would probably be safe to plant and divide in future years.

  50. Diana says:

    Wow. I love the profusion of blooms, all mixed together and naturalizing — your garden is stunning and clearly and labor of love. I could look at your pictures for hours!

    Hi Diana, thanks so much. There are many hours of work and thought in this garden. It is my obsession. After nine years of that kind of attention, it still has many problems, but spring is always a joy.

  51. Ah, the rare Muscari helleboroides! Heeee! Such a wealth of jewelcolours in your garden now, Frances. Meanwhile, here the snow is going to melt…any day now…really it is…

    Hi Jodi, thanks. Your snow will melt and the gardens will reveal themselves in full glory, and soon I hope. In the meantime, you have a riot of color going on in your office! πŸ™‚

  52. CurtissAnn says:

    Well, my word, catching up on your blog, and the photos take my breath! We had ice yesterday, snow last night, sunshine now, below freezing expected tonight. Then all should be clear. You inspire me to try just a few bulbs in a pot, planning for next year. πŸ™‚

    Hi Curtissann, thanks so much. I have been worried about my Oklahoma and Texas friends and anyone else being exposed to this weather. Hope the all clear has been rung for you all. Planting bulbs in a pot is fun and easy. Do give it a go. πŸ™‚

  53. Mary Ann says:

    The closeup photos just took my breath away! So lovely.

    Hi Mary Ann, thanks so much and welcome to the alternative universe of the wordpress fairegarden. I am going to ask you some questions about how you have made your site so beautiful when we meet in May! πŸ™‚

  54. marmee says:

    frances, all these different daffy’s are amazing. love all the names. your other blooms are spring like and colourful. it must feel like spring where you are with all your blossoms. happy march to you.

    Hi Marmee, thanks. Looking out into the back gardens, it does look very spring like. The dogwoods are just beginning to unfold here too. A sure sign of what is to come, my favorite time of year.

  55. lzyjo says:

    Hello Frances,

    You have a lovely selection of daffodils. Great idea on the potted bulbs. I have a hankering for a blue hyacinth now. Beautiful, beautiful photos.

    Hi Izyjo, thanks so much. The blue hyacinth is a favorite, anything blue is really. πŸ™‚

  56. This is the cheeriest place I’ve seen today. I can really appreciate all your hard work and long hours in preparation for such a display of color. I almost didn’t make it past the blue-ey picture on your sidebar of the steps. Frances this is such a treat to see.

    Hi Anna, thanks. If someone was paying me by the hour for all the work that has been done in this garden, well, I would be bailing out the banks! But would continue to do the work. So would you, we are gardeners. πŸ™‚

  57. kerri says:

    You have quite an array of lovely daff varieties, Frances. Nothing says ‘spring’ quite like the cheerful, sunny faces of daffs. I love the hyacinths too. The purple pot of tulips and pansies is wonderful.
    Our crocuses bloomed yesterday….yay!
    We’ve have rain today after 2 beautiful sunny days.

    Hi Kerri, thanks. Hooray for your crocus and some sunny days and rain not snow!

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