tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth

Spring is coming soon, and all the bulbs are under the snow gathering their strength to push up and start “singing”. Here’s last Spring’s chorus:These pictures were taken April 24. So was the one below, of plain yellow trumpet narcissus. By April 29 almost all of the narcissus were up and blooming. By the end…

in praise of daylilies

The first daylily of the season last year was “Itty bitty”, a small, short double yellow. It was followed quickly by that old faithful “Stella D’oro”.July is the daylily month in my garden. If I had to name my favorite plant, this would be it–hemerocallis. They are beautiful, completely reliable, not expensive, easy to grow,…

the blues

Blues are the best! I don’t have many true blue flowers. There’s a reliable burst of blue every early spring with ajuga and forget-me nots. forget-me-nots are everywhere in our gardens: The clear, light blue of mertensia is easy to miss in the front yard unless you look closely. More forget-me-nots: The little chiondoxa, scilla…