Warning! Porn alert! These are pictures from catalogs! Do not expect this at home!
This is the first white version I will have of this native plant (erythronium).
So far—for a property already riddled with bulbs, stuffed with perennials, and severely limited by tree roots/shade and a good amount of hardscaping—I have allocated close to $500 for bulbs, not counting an as-yet-unsubmitted order to The Lily Garden (see Sunday’s Garden Rant post for some thoughts about them).
I am adding species tulips. This is batalini "Bronze Charm."
One reason is that I decided to plant up more containers this year; last year I just did a few. In spite of the cool weather, they look very cheerful lining the patio. Another is that I have created a new perennial bed in front—it won’t look too good in the spring (I am expecting a few plants won’t make it—frost heave) and will need some color. I have allocated some wildflower tulips, erythronium, and martagon lilies to that space.
And, of course, I ordered no lilies last year. I’ve noticed a decline in some of the older plants (six years seems to be the magic number), so they will need to be replaced. Also, I am going to remove the biggest rose bush in order to make room for lilies and tall summer perennials and annuals (sage, tall rudbeckia, nicotiana sylvestris, verbena bonariensis, etc.).
I am renewing the White Henryis in the lily bed.
Finally, I did far fewer hyacinths last year. This year, I’ll buy more antique forcing vases (yeah, ebay, here I come) and give a few more as gifts in pots.
Grand Soleil d'Or. A difficult tazetta to force, but, unlike Ziva, it does not smell like urine. Always a plus.
Oh, yes—I expect to give a sampling from this order to Ron, my gardening … pupil? That doesn’t seem right. I am not sure I like apprentice either, as that would imply that he is helping with my garden as part of his learning experience, which he sure as hell isn’t. I know I’m the coach, but what is he? Oh, well, to be pondered another time. In any case, I want him to try out some of the more unfamiliar bulbs to see if they work for him.
I have always wanted these. Not the prettiest eremus, but it is an old one and might be hardier.
So far, the lucky vendors are Old House Gardens, John Scheepers, and Brent and Becky’s. Scheepers for the bulk of the hybrid tulips (which will be treated as annuals), B&B for the small bulbs and wildflower tulips, and OHG for species lilies, as they are one of the few vendors that bothers. Though—Scheepers has some. Let’s see if they send me the right bulbs. (If I like what they send instead I never complain.)