Promises, promises, promises…….

Ok, overcome by guilt, I resolve to plant all the darling little bulbs now sitting in the box in the corner by the front door. There are

  • 20 ‘Little Beauty’ species tulips and they are beauties
  • 10 ‘New Baby’ small jonquills (or are they narcissus or daffs? Will I EVER learn the divisions?)
  • 3, just three VERY EXPENSIVE and according to Old House Gardens, THE RAREST, Byzantine glads from 1629
  • 3 red spider lilies from either 1634 or 1750 and hardy to Zone 7 only, but I am growing them in the garage for now
  • 50 dwarf iris riticulata “J.S. Dijt”
  • 50 dwarf iris his. “George”
  • 50 Tulip ‘Perestroyka’ that I don’t have to plant, they go to a friend, but in the interest of fair and honest reporting, they too were sitting in the box and need to be in the ground.

So, here I am again, this year just 136 bulbs to get in the ground. Better than the years when I was facing 600-700. And every year I say never again and every year I succumb to the tempatation of the glossy catalogues and magazines with all the luscious photos of all the luscious bulbs and and and and………………

It will be interesting to see how these RAREST gladiolus byzantinus differ, if they differ, from the ones I planted several years ago. These are supposed to be the true rare variety. Well, I simply adore whatever variety I have from Brent and Becky’s which have been in the ground at my house for five years.

The first time I saw the perennial glads in bloom, they had been planted in an unmown swath of grass (very English park style) at the Idaho Botanical Garden. They are late comers, but so worth the wait. The small, deep rose/magenta blossoms open on the wand-like stems and sway in any little breeze – they are delightful to behold. The ones I have are about 16 inches tall. Old House says the ones they sent will be 2-3 feet tall. Hmmmmmmm.

Old House says these are “True stock! and NOT one of the cheap Dutch counterfeits……” OK, lets see if there is a difference. Stay tuned. I shall report back on this in the spring.