The trouble with planting spring bulbs is that, in order for them to look their best, some thought should be given to their surroundings.
I'm beginning to think perhaps I should make an attempt of cleaning up the garden in the fall. If I'd at least cut back the skeletal remains of the Japanese anemone and the now soggy strands of Siberian iris leaves, it would at least be easier to rake. My excuse has always been that I have more motivation in spring. As I age, I'm finding it doesn't matter how much motivation I have if there is a lack of momentum. So in order to negate the brown on brown surroundings, I'm left no choice but to plant more bulbs.
Compared with my existing Muscari, the hybrid 'Superstar' is blooming very early. Of course, I planted it in the raised bed on the south side of my house, which is always a week or so advanced.The 50 Scilla mischtschenkoana make attractive clumps that accompany fat little Hyacinths planted over the years. A clump of deep blue Hyacinths have apparently reverted back to a simpler structure. They're not the chubby little floret-packed stems, but they're still pretty and fragrant.
|Simple hyacinth patch|