Good Morning everyone! I am looking forward to the weekend and predicted warm (70’s) weather! I have been reading Elizabeth Lawrence’s book, A Southern Garden. She is so right when she says we do not have four seasons. We have all the seasons in every month. 40 degrees one morning……….70 degrees the next……….one night a low of 28 degrees……..the next night a low of 51 degrees. Drought conditions one week and the next week you’d think you were in Ireland. So even if a plant does well in my garden it may not do the same thing in a garden across town or in a garden 30 miles away. Another pointer she had, was doing away with miffy plants. By miffy she meant too much attention, too much watering, too much pampering, etc. to get them to grow in your garden. She loved to experiment, she felt her entire garden was one giant experiment and she documented everything. In this way she could determine what was miffy! And, when it was time to move on, it was time to move on. I am keeping much more detailed records of my garden now.
Well, enough of that! This week I am featuring my Wee Ones. I am so thrilled with the bulbs we planted. Even if only one would have come up I would have been thrilled! But, I have spring everywhere! In one patch are the Sailing Away Collection. It was a collection of 25 Muscari/Narcissus. The first up were these tiny yellow daffodils! They are about five inches tall with a flower the size of our quarter! I think they look like a woodland flower! The muscari are just now peeking through and there are some much bigger bulbs poking up too, that I think will be bigger white daffodils, as shown on the package photograph!
These are the Jeanne d’Arc,1943, Crocuses! I have 35 of these heirloom crocuses scattered everywhere in my gardens! I love the heirloom bulbs I purchased from Old House Gardens. I feel I am keeping the plants that were around in my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s gardens alive and well! This crocus is soooooooooooo white and really stands out in the garden. I like the stripy stems, the tiny, tiny purple lines and the bright gold centers inside them as well!
These are Moschatus, known as Swans-Neck, Goose-Neck or Silver Bells Daffodils, 1604. According to George Herbert Engleheart, he was collecting these white daffodils in the 1880’s from a Mrs Curry, who was hunting them in old cottage gardens in Ireland. In his search he came to the conclusion that Irish religious houses must have had some connection with Spain and Portugal, the focus of the white daffodil species. I found that very interesting, because when I was in La Coruña, Spain this is what I learned…….look HERE! I planted 5 and I have 5 now and more coming!
Since these little gems were so beautiful I wanted a better close up………Hubby got on the ground and took this photo for me! I am glad he did, because now you can see all of its beautiful parts! The very narrow, very long trumpet distinguishes it from other daffodils. The trumpet is yellow but a very pale yellow at first. The segments are a fawn color. The second day of blooming it lifts its head and both the trumpet and perianth become silver white!
Next is the Muscari I bought in a mix of 45! They are in shades from almost white-lavender to deep purple! They will grow to a height of 6-8 inches and have long lasting blooms…..we’ll see how long! I’ve placed them everywhere in my garden and it is like hide-and-seek looking for the early buds!
I want to finish up this week with a new segment to my SOS posts. It will be called, “Am I In Your Garden?” I love visiting gardens and when I looked, I have many, many posts of gardens all over the world………..so I thought I would feature one a week. If you have been to the garden or live in the same area as the garden featured, please let me know! This way I will know where your garden is! Or close by! Or in the same country! Let’s start with a local garden tour I went to in St Ives, UK! It was in a series of posts that I called “Reasons to Love St Ives.” Look HERE! And HERE! What did I like best about these gardens? All the planters in various shapes and sizes, (especially the old chimney pots!) and the tidbits tucked in here and there. You just wanted to look at every spot in the garden! And, I really found the various fencing styles quite charming!
PS, the featured photo this week is the Wee Ones in my Woodland Garden….they are a combination of the Cream Betty’s, 1943, Mammoth Yellow, 1665, and Tommies, 1847, all heirloom plants.
Won’t you join us with your SOS?
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, it’s six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week in another spot!