Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sunshine sprouting in my garden...

The days may be gray outside right now, but the promise of spring is sprouting in my garden. Many different bulbs are peeking up out of the earth.

Most of my bulbs are daffodils. I love that bright yellow against the backdrop of winter. And since there are deer roaming here, this is one of the bulbs that they generally leave alone.
This is a fragrant yellow Muscari, Muscari macro 'Golden Fragrance.' While I strayed from my daffodils on this planting, I did choose a unusual yellow muscari to keep with the color theme.
Welcoming seasonal surprises is part of the fun of gardening for me. (Sometimes it's part of the frustration as well!) I don't remember what I planted here. Though I wrote down all the bulbs I planted in this whole bed last year, I don't remember what went in this specific spot.
I do know that these are passalong irises from one of my many garden blogging friends.
These are my new favorite daffodils -- they are teeny-tiny and the blooms are just precious. They are Daffodil Jonquilla 'Simplex.' I wrote about them last spring in this post.

So while I am bundled up inside reading seed catalogs and planning the vegetable garden, my bulbs are outside, getting ready to shower the spring garden with a little sunshine.

11 comments:

Cindy, MCOK said...

I know they'll make February a brighter month for you! I've got several kinds of Narcissus from Southern Bulb Company planted in various spots around the garden. I'm so looking forward to their blooms!

Diana said...

Cindy - They do so make me smile when their little bonnets come out! We're actually having a little winter this year, but I'm not minding it too much. And we're supposed to get rain all weekend, which we really need. You'll have to post your bulbs when they come up.

Pam/Digging said...

You have a lot of bulb foliage already! Not a single daff is peeking up in my garden. Maybe I planted too late in the season.

Diana said...

Pam - I don't believe when you plant matters. For the last two years I have planted in January and still had bulbs bloom at the appointed time. Many of these were, in fact, planted last January, which was late, and are now coming up early! Might be the temp differences between your more protected garden space.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens (Texas) said...

A reader gave me some of those simplex narcissus. They came back for several years but I got only two flowers out of the bunch ever-in four years. Now they've seem to have disappeared completely.

The flowers were cute but the overall experience was a huge disappointment.

@Pam/Digging It's a too early to be worried about your daffodils not blooming. Paperwhites have been in flower for about month but other kinds usually bloom about the same time as the redbuds. Start looking for them in February.

Diana said...

MSS - Too bad about your bulbs. They are very cute, but I'd need about a thousand to make an impact! But I love looking at them even if no one else notices them!

Pamie G. said...

I am still trying to get some information on your greenhouses, I guess you keep missing my posts? Thanks, Pamie

Diana said...

Pamie -- I sent you a long email several days ago -- email me at dianackirby@gmail.com and I'll reply & send it again -- or maybe it went in your junk mail!

Gail said...

Diana, How exciting to have your bulbs popping up and bloom not so far off~I can't wait to see a bit of spring~I am over winter. Now, if it would be through with us. gail

Diana said...

Gail - I know this has been a hard winter for you. Cross your fingers it will won't last too long...and think about Seattle!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Yeah! Spring is on its way! It will be awhile before it gets here, but I am determined to enjoy it wherever it is.