Plant Lust…

I find myself a little bit out of control in this department. Downsizing from 12-acres to 12-feet causes problems with my compulsion to add to our garden. It’s not really 12-feet but sometimes it feels like it when I come across something I really desire for the garden. This time it was bulbs I lusted after. I ordered narcissus bulbs “Starlight Sensation,” for the following reasons: It’s a creamy white flower that I prefer, it has 3-5 flowers per stem with 3-5 bloomstalks per bulb. That’s a lot of flowers, folks!

And the good news is that it won the Best Daffodil award at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year… and the best news of all is that it’s the very own seedling of friends Brent and Becky Heath in Gloucester VA.  I will forgive myself for this purchase!

Brent & Becky

But maybe not forgive myself for the purchase of two different shades of allium bulbs, red tulips, white tulips, snowdrops, and two more shades of muscari to add to my deep blue muscari that edges the boxwood garden.

Oh well… everything is in the ground and I look forward to seeing what the spring brings.

Grape Hyacinth/Muscari

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Philly

I was quite happy to see the announcement on Instagram and Facebook that the Philadelphia Flower Show named a hybrid daffodil created by Brent and Becky’s Bulbs as the “Best Hybrid” in the show. And there was a lovely photo of the winning blooms “Starlight Sensation” next to the ribbons. I was thrilled to see this but not surprised. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is top notch.

The company wrote that it takes 5-7 years form pollination to 1st bloom and another 5 – 7 years until the bulb hit the market. When they added that this hybrid is ‘one of, if not THE best hybrid we’ve created to date,’ I was interested. I have tulips but have not really added daffodils to the garden and these would be perfect for my white garden, especially since the blooms are as tall or taller than the leaves.

I knew these bulbs would soon be in short supply so I ordered right away. And, no, they said, I wasn’t the first to call.  The bulbs will be shipped in September and I’ll see the blooms in the spring of 2018…. well worth waiting for, I think.

Photo: Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Congratulations to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs of Gloucester VA, a Good company owned by Good folks from a Good town…. and, guess what. It was my own little neck of the woods in Virginia and Brent and Becky were my neighbors. Check out the online catalog and check out “Starlight Sensation.”

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Faux Spring in Wintry Weather

During the winter season in Virginia, I engaged in a craft project or two to help ease the pain of not getting outdoors enough. I’m tackling a few more indoor activities now because of the longer winters in New Hampshire.

To bring springtime indoors, one familiar craft I’m enjoying again is faux flower bulbs in faux water. I love finding daffodis and muscari with the bulbs and roots attached. But a simple cut daffodil stem looks nice, too. Craft stores carry faux everything from faux dirt to faux moss to make projects fun. I don’t think these florals look exactly like live plants, however I loved it when a visitor once said, “The water looks low in that container. You’d better add a little more water or the plant will dry up.”

BulbsI like the look of pebbles beneath the bulb with roots and perhaps a little faux dirt still attached here and there.

I search for bulbs that are on sale. These 11″ muscari plants were under $2 each.

A small bag of pebbles should cost under a dollar.

pebblesI position the plant atop the pebbles and add a couple of strips of tape to hold the bulb steady.

There are different faux water products, some are ready-mixed and some you must combine before using. Follow directions exactly. Pour around rocks carefully and be on guard to prevent any spillage on the side of the container or anywhere! Old newspapers beneath the project help.

Acrylic Water KitIn about a day, maybe two, you’ll have your own faux touch of spring for your windowsill.

faux water

Where’s the snow?

While the rest of the country seems to be setting high temperature records, New England is experiencing its fair share of warmer weather, too. Temperatures topped out in the upper 30’s today but not before a few snow flurries dusted the area overnight. mister gardener and I sat by the window with morning coffee watching the flakes dance and swirl against the pines. Then it ended and I was sad. I don’t want a blizzard, mind you, but bring on the snow. I love snow. I can’t wait until the skies cloud over and buckets of the white stuff fall from the heavens. I long to build a snowman. I have a yen to pelt mister gardener with  snowballs. I want to slide down our mini-hill out back. I want to catch snowflakes on my mittens.

By mid-day, our dusting had melted. The temperatures are hovering near 30˚ tonight with a warming trend in the forecast for next week. By Tuesday’s New Hampshire Primary, we should be experiencing temperatures in the 40’s.  Sweater weather. With these temperatures, I might as well be working in the garden. So my concrete garden friends from Virginia were unboxed and found their special homes in the landscape today.

Tomorrow? I think I’ll plant some tulip and daffodil bulbs.