Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' is one of my favorite snowdrops. I need to remember to plant about 1000 more. They are awesome. Photos by Doug Oster
The garden is slowly waking up.
Snowdrops, snow crocus and hellebores are emerging and already have me thinking about fall.
It might seem strange to be looking so far forward, but this is the perfect time to write down what's blooming where and more importantly where things need spring flowers.
For the last couple days I've posted of snow crocus flowers preparing to bloom. I need to fill that bed with hundreds more. If I don't record that information, it will be forgotten as the season progresses. This is when we can best understand the feelings we get as winter stubbornly fades. Next season I want to be welcomed by many more pretty blue flowers.
Being a sucker for any double flower, you can imagine how this snowdrop makes my heart flutter. The blossom looks down and needs to be picked to enjoy the delicate beauty of the blooms.
I'll need to add about a thousand more to keep my heart racing during the early spring.
Over the winter I found some 'Yellow Mammoth' crocus bulbs which were overlooked during fall planting. They were left out in an unheated greenhouse. The bulbs were potted up and are now sprouting. I hope to see the flowers soon. I need to remember to force some more next year.
I'm toying with the idea of ordering some of these bulbs now, to be delivered in the fall.
It will guarantee that I'll actually move forward with my plan.
Even though the season has barely begun, I can't help but fantasize about plans to the make the garden even better as winter recedes in 2015.
I love Brent and Becky's Bulbs, they sell good stuff as does Old House Gardens.
These 'Yellow Mammoth' crocus bulbs have been forced in a greenhouse to bloom. Can't wait to see the pretty orange flowers.
Snowdrops nurture the soul after a long winter. Put them on your fall planting list.