It's Springtime Damnit!

The crocuses are under a foot of snow. There are areas in my yard I haven't dared tread as I don't own hip boots. Even the witch hazel is buttoned up tight. In short, my outdoor plants are mum. My husband is mum when it comes to commenting on my plant orders. He understands my obsession, and knows I'll spend a few hundred dollars before the ground even thaws.

Each year I introduce myself to a few new species, and fall more fully and inexorably in lust with several more. It doesn't matter if they're hardy or not. In fact, it seems I'm gravitating more toward the non-hardy, or the marginally hardy. I think of it as my own personal adventure. Below, I've included three of probably half a dozen or so orders. I already have seeds from three different sources that I'll mention in another post.

From Digging Dog Nursery, I have on order one each of:
  • Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’
  • Eucomis pole-evansii
  • Eucomis ‘Toffee’
  • Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jonas’
  • Lupinus ‘Chandelier’
  • Lychnis viscaria ‘Schnee’
  • Primula bulleyana
  • Rodgersia podophyllum ‘Rotlaub’

From Comanche Acres Iris Gardens:

Four Spuria irises, a species I've never grown before, but how intriguing they sounded in their descriptions. There is even a society devoted to the Spuria Iris.

Spuria irises grow up to five feet tall, and are known for their beauty in cut flower arrangements. I won't get my new irises until fall, and they likely won't bloom in 2015, but I look forward to many years of gorgeous flowers. Along with Siberian, Japanese and Louisiana irises, Spuria iris are considered beardless, and bloom later in the season than the bearded types. The American Iris Society offers cultural information on the beardless iris.

From Grassy Knoll Exotic Plants:
  • Passiflora subrotunda
  • Passiflora 'Thuraia'  
  • Passiflora 'Preciosa'
  • Passiflora 'Blue Velvet'
I'm not sure what possessed me to order four tropical passion flower vines. But if I'd seen the Passiflora Society International website before I placed my order, I probably would have wanted more.

While this post was written for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a day when bloggers from all over the world write about what's blooming in their own gardens, I hope readers will find my obsession and subsequent orders a nice distraction. Please head over to May Dreams Gardens for a peek into Carol's wonderful posts and photos along with links to lots more colorful gardens!


  1. That is the problem if your garden is under snow, you sit inside and order plants instead of being out there working. You have some nice things to look forward to. I hope the weather improves and Spring will arrive as it seems to have done here.

    1. I think you're right. If I were to look back on previous years' plant expenditures, the amount I've spent so far this year is astronomical. Happy Gardening, Chloris!

  2. The snow will melt, the packages will arrive and suddenly it's Spring!

  3. I know you're right. I think this happens every year.