The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

Fall 2010 Bulb List

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Each fall I have been planting more bulbs for spring. I tend to shy away from tulips because the “wascally wabbits” tend to eat those blooms – except for the tulip species – after a second taste, I was granted a bloom. So, I may try more of these in the future. Last year I focused on alliums, daffodils, muscari (grape hyacinth), and reticulated iris.

Allium Sphaerocephalon. (If you can pronounce that, you’re my hero!)
Narcissus Naturalizing Mix (Bluestone Perennials), and Forget-Me-Nots.
Muscari Magic Carpet Blend (Bluestone Perennials).
Reticulated Iris ‘Cantab’

This year’s plant list includes:
Anemone ‘Blue Shades’
Camassia Esculenta, Indian hyacinth
Chionodoxa forbesii (another “hero pronunciation”), Glory of the Snow
Crocus ‘Blue Pearl’
Scilla ‘Spring Beauty’
Snowdrops ‘Graetye Giant’

I love crocus, however common. This year I’m adding ‘Blue Pearl’, a variety I had in my Maine garden. It should be just as beautiful here. I also cannot wait to see those snow drops. I tend to plant varieties that specifically point out “ideal for naturalizing” or “heirloom.” I also tend to gravitate towards blue and purple shades. I am sure you will be as happy as I will be to see these new blooms come spring if you live in a colder climate — and share I will.

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Author of the Violet Fern blog, artist, and master gardener.

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