“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll

Last October I waited in anticipation of a package soon to be delivered. Bulbs. Did I really order 500 of them? Oh my! Allium Purple Sensation, Allium Christophii, Camassia Leichtlinii Alba, Gladiolus Communis Byzantines, and Ornithogalum Ponticum Sochii arrived in cardboard boxes labeled with their names. It felt like a holiday opening the boxes. Large, small and tiny promises of new life. Included in the box: detailed instructions stating where to plant , proper planting depth and spacing of bulbs. Perfect. Just what I needed. 

May 2022

IMG_1820You can see Allium Purple Sensation in the above photo. They are 4″-to 5″- wide , violet-purple starry globes. I planted them in my perennial beds; Allium leaves can become straggly; later blooming perennials hide them.

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If you like show-stoppers plant Allium Christophii with over 50 starry, amethyst-violet florets on each one. White spires of Ornithogalum Ponticum Sochii with their tiny star-shaped flowers are mingling with the Allium. Below: Perfect companion plants Allium Christophii and dark purple Salvia. 

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Camassia Leichtlinii Alba can grow to be 24″ to 30″. The creamy-white flowers have mauve and green centers. 

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Love the cut flowers of Camassia in a vase.

Now once again I am waiting in anticipation of a package soon to be delivered. Bulbs. This time I ordered Galanthus: Snowdrops. Elwesii have broad creamy-white flowers with inner green markings and gray-green foliage. Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to bloom in winter whispering the coming of spring.

I’ve been doing research on Galanthus bulbs. I found out they like moist soil. They need to be planted in areas that get sun, so under deciduous trees is perfect. Look for places where you pass by frequently or have a good view; right outside my kitchen window will be perfect.