daffodils

Is it spring yet?

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

How do you decide that spring has finally arrived? What signs tell you that the wait is over? At our old house, seeing the leafless branches of the trees on the hillside turn red from swelling buds was our certain sign that spring had arrived. It was confirmed by coltsfoot blooming and peepers peeping. While [...]

Where to plant bulbs? Following my own advice

– Posted in: Design

A couple of years ago, I told you to choose your fall-planted bulb locations now, when the snow is just beginning to melt. Of course, it helps to have snow. We finally got some, and I thought you'd like to know I'm following my own advice. I went around the yard, camera in hand, taking [...]

I broke a garden rule today

– Posted in: Design

The garden rule I broke today is: Don't plant flowers in a straight line. And I did it for a very good reason: I wanted a straight line. I've looked at the scene above for many years, and frequently thought to myself how much better it would be to have that swath of daffodils swing [...]

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 [...]

Seven Gardening Gifts No One Will Give Me

– Posted in: Tools and Equipment

Mother's Day is fast approaching, and many retailers who normally don't feature gardening products have potted flowering plants and other quasi-gardening gifts prominently displayed. I thought I'd take the opposite tack and share with you my favorite non-gardening garden "thingies." Most of them don't qualify as tools. Some of them, quite frankly, would look like [...]

Favorite Plant Combinations: May

– Posted in: Design

This looked spectacular earlier in May, but the narcissus were already done by the time Gardeners Bloom Day came around. Those orange-cup daffodils were blooming at my neighbor's, between her house and the brook, but too far away from the house to be noticed. I marked them and dug them up and got half for [...]