The beauty of a snow crocus is unparallelled in the spring garden. Photos by Doug Oster
For a week, tightly budded blue flowers waited for the right moment to unfurl. The arrival of the snow crocus is a welcome one, especially after the winter we just had.
I need more flowers though, and the blooms teach an important lesson each spring. They reveal where to plant more bulbs.
A garden journal is a great way to keep records and remind you where to plant more of what you need in the fall.
I've kept records since the mid-1980's and have recorded my thoughts in everything from a date planner, published garden journal to an old notebook. That's why I put together A Gardener's Notebook. It's a place to write down what's going on in the garden. There are fun gardening stories inside along with plenty of garden tips from myself and co-author Jessica Walliser (who is also my radio partner).
The best way to use a garden journal is to have it where you'll be at the end of the day with a pen close by. I've been looking through a lot of my old journals as I prepare for the gardening season. Even though all the garden information is wonderful, all the entries about my kids growing up are priceless. The journal is filled with happening that you wouldn't take a picture of or make a video. Little slices of life which are fun to look back on.
Here's how to get mine.
I'll be writing in my journal about how these snow crocus flowers nourish the soul.
I can't wait to plant more in anticipation of next spring.
As the sun sinks low into the west, the flowers become luminescent.
I must plant more of these. I need a sea of snow crocus next spring.
The flower will only be around for a couple weeks, but it's welcome sight after a long winter.