|Narcissus 'Pink Charm'|
Every spring I tell myself, "Self, I'm going to plant more bulbs this fall." I say this because when spring gets here, I'm so darn glad to see those colorful flowers in bloom after a long, gray winter that I'm nearly delirious from the beauty of it. A little goes a long way when you're flower-starved, but I'm greedy. I want more.
And then fall comes.
The summer has been long. Long, because it's once again been so hot and so dry. I'm weary of carrying the hoses around, trying to save my precious plants from an early death due to dehydration. Even some of the so-called drought-tolerant plants look like they're just not going to make it if I don't help them out a little.
So, I'm ready for a break from gardening. Or at least that aspect of it and it plays a big factor in why, when fall comes, the thought of having to plant more bulbs - having to dig holes in rock-hard clay soil - just isn't all that appealing.
|Hyacinthus orientalis 'Festival Blue'|
But this fall, I did a little more self-talk and this time I said, "Self, you always say you're going to plant more bulbs in the fall. Then you don't do it. Come on and get it done this time." Okay, I do plant bulbs every fall, but not that many. This year, Self prevailed. But now Self is saying, "Whoa...what were you thinking???" Buy one, get one free makes me a little crazy.
|Narcissus top to bottom: 'Thalia', 'Pipit', and 'Lemon Beauty'|
I'm about halfway done planting a grand total of 792 new spring bulbs. The thought of a glorious burst of color in the spring is what is keeping me at it until they're all safely tucked into the ground. Even with an acre of land here, I'm running out of places to put them.
I remember reading this in a magazine several years ago - "You can always find a little spot between plants to tuck in a few bulbs" - or something like that. It's the horticultural equivalent of "There's always room for Jell-O." I'm not sure though, because so far I've dug up three clusters of bulbs that I forgot were already planted there.
But the bulbs have arrived, and I'll have spring to look forward to more than ever, because of these:
Arum italicum 'Marmoratum'
Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus'
Crocus chrysanthus 'Advance'
Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus)
Crocus sieberi 'Spring Beauty'
Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'
Iris histriodes 'Katharine Hodgkin'
Iris hollandica 'Rosario'
Iris reticulata 'Cantab'
Lilium, Trumpet 'African Queen'
Tulipa 'Apricot Impression' (Darwin)
Tulipa 'Daydream' (Darwin)
Tulipa fosteriana 'Princeps' (Fosteriana)
Tulipa 'Coors' (Greigii)
Tulipa 'Yonina' (Lily-flowered)
Tulipa 'Flaming Parrot' (Parrot)
Tulipa 'Little Beauty' (Species)
Tulipa 'Little Princess' (Species)
Tulipa batalinii 'Red Gem' (Species)
Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’ (Species)
Tulipa clusiana ‘Lady Jane’ (Species)
Tulipa clusiana 'Tinka' (Species)
Tulipa humilis 'Alba Coerulea Oculata' (Species)
Tulipa pulchella var. violacea 'Persian Pearl' (Species)
Tulipa sylvestris (Species)
Tulipa 'Happy Generation' (Triumph)
Tulipa 'Ile de France' (Triumph)
That's a lot of tulips. There's a reason for that. Stay tuned...
|Unknown Narcissus sp.|
Photos from Spring 2010 at Our Little Acre