Autumnal equinox

Most of the weathermen/women in our area are calling today, the 21st, the first day of fall. It’s not. The autumnal equinox takes place on Saturday, at 2:03 am, Mountain Daylight Time. Ahhhhhhh, fall. The finest time of year in my book.

Time to find the warm socks, the blue jeans, the polarfleece vests and pullovers. And where are those Patagonia capilene turtlenecks? Say goodbye to sleeveless tops and flipflops.

And, I am coming clean here. Can’t go without just a handful of new bulbs. I missed out on the tulip acuminata, the wild looking species tulip, yellow with the red spidery tipped petals. Wild lookin I tell you. Ancient and sought after and all sold out. And try as I might, I couldn’t even beg a handful from Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Boo hoo.
So, now I am lusting after the darling little iris reticulata, particularly the one named ‘J.S. Dijt.’

I saw some real nice packages of tulips at Costco the other day. But I want another gazillion of the single late tulip Perestroyka, so will order those and the iris from one of the great bulb houses via the internet. Besides the aforementioned Brent and Becky’s, check out Van Engelen/John Scheepers. If you are ordering more than $50 worth of bulbs, you can order from Van Engelen which is wholesale. And don’t forget to shop your local nurseries and garden centers as well. I saw some beautiful bulbs at Far West Nursery on State Street just yesterday. And Edwards Greenhouses has a gorgeous display as well. Shop NOW for the best selection. Store the bulbs in a dark, dry, cool place until you can get them in the ground. And do that before it freezes. Trust me, it will be so much easier to do it before it freezes.