Allium ‘Millenium’ This allium has never been the focal point of my garden, but today it took center stage. They were planted in an undesirable spot, too close together. I rarely watered them. I didn’t fertilize. They were left to their own devices. There wasn’t much to recommend it. But today, as I was casually walking by I sensed a movement. I heard a … Continue reading Blooming Now!
I just planted my garlic and I’m so happy to be part of its story. I got it from a friend who had it from his father who kept it from the grandfather who came to our country from Czechoslovakia traveling through Ellis Island around the turn of the century. This garlic has been around. It started in central Europe, was carried to Michigan and … Continue reading Garlic from Father to Son
The best thing about gardening in the Pacific Northwest is our year-round climate. We don’t have to put our tools away for the winter, but instead can discover the many options available for color and texture during the cold season of the year. Here are a few of the containers I’ve put together for October through March. This year my favorite plant for the cooler … Continue reading Winter Containers
Spring always brings surprises. Leaves that are normally green unfurl red, tight buds open to a flurry of petals and leaves, that which was hidden suddenly smiles at the sun. This is such a plant. This fritillaria seems almost tropical and out of place in our Northern land of daffodils and tulips. It reminds me of a pineapple or a palm tree. A disturber of … Continue reading Fritillaria imperialis
Spring ephemerals. I love this name. It makes me think of wildflowers and dragonflies. Tissue paper and birthdays. Raindrops and moonlight. The name refers to those short-lived spring flowers that make a momentary yet glorious appearance in the early spring and go dormant in the summer. Trillium is a well-known spring ephemeral, but there are many others that I was recently introduced to at the … Continue reading Spring Ephemerals