Showing posts with label crocus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crocus. Show all posts

Trading Perennials with Gardening Friends!

May 5, 2011

One of the things I love about gardening is trading perennials with friends.  Recently I had the opportunity to trade some crocuses (which the rabbits and chipmunks are playing havoc with at my house) for some more critter resistant spring-flowering bulbs.  My good friend and garden-mentor, Rita, offered me some of her puschkinia, so I thought it would be a good idea to give her some of my crocuses.  (Rita has hundreds of crocuses in her garden, and not many bunnies around to bother them.) 

'Prince Claus' crocuses, some with the tops eaten
 off, some with the bulbs taken.


Digging the crocuses up.

Maybe I planted these too deeply?

Ready for the move to Rita's Garden

So I took the crocuses up to Rita and spent a lovely morning having coffee, talking, and taking a drive to one of our favourite garden centres.

The 'Prince Claus' crocuses are now safely planted in Rita's Garden and I came home with the following beautiful bunch of puschkinia (the light coloured ones), some scilla (the blue ones) and something new-to-me, chionadoxa 'Glory of the Snow' (the pretty mauve ones).  All of these are tucked into their new garden at my house now. 

Thank you, Rita!

The First Bloom Arrives!

April 8, 2011

One of the happiest times of the year for me, is the day my first flower opens.  It's like a celebration of the first day of the season.  Today my first little 'Remembrance' crocus opened. 

Special photo credit to my long-suffering husband for shading the crocus from the sun, with his body, so that I wouldn't have to find the patience to wait until late afternoon to take the shot! 

And next up.........

Crocuses (March/April 2010)

March 25, 2010 - The first blooms of 2010. They are my 'Delft Blue' crocuses. We had a very early spring (three weeks earlier than last year).

The slightly paler, 'Remembrance' crocus, came into bloom just a fews days later.

April 15, 2010 - These pint-sized beauties, 'Prince Klaus', were quite a surprize to me, as I didn't realize they would be miniature crocuses when I ordered the bulbs. They look great in little clumps with their white centres and a touch of purple on their outer leaves.