Narcissus

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 [...]

Flowering Houseplants to Stave Off Cabin Fever: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day January 2012

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The weather outside is finally frightful (subzero Fahrenheit as I write this, and dropping), so I can't show you the pansy that had been blooming in the unseasonably mild weather. I do have more blooms than usual in the house for January, thanks to a thoughtful friend, a container plant wintering indoors, and an impulse [...]

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 May 2010

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

It always seems like there is nothing blooming in mid-May, but when I really look around, I realize there is a lot blooming but none of it is flashy, like the big yellow sheets of daffodils previous or the three Grandes Dames of June that will soon be here. The blooms of mid-May are modest [...]

The Great Houseplant Census of 2010

– Posted in: Plant info

Mr. McGregor's Daughter, in an effort to promote domestic harmony*, has requested gardeners everywhere to tally up the number of plants they currently have growing inside. Here are my results: 1 rosemary 1 'Rehoku Sunrise' carex (an experiment) 1 apple seedling (my middle daughter's experiment) 1 orange tree grown from seed by my 16 year [...]

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 [...]