What's having a great year are the spring bulbs I've planted over the years, with hundreds of daffodils reigning over the backyard and into the woods.
|The great Daffs-In-A-Box experiment|
The bulbs got plenty of cold treatment, having spent their winter beneath a constant snow cover. At least this way, I'll know where to find them when it comes time to re-plant them.
I tend to disrespect plants that reward me with such undeserved increase. Okay, so they're not like lemon balm or The Ivy, but dying leaves left after bloom detract from the fresh growth of their neighbors.
|Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades' would look even better with some tulips hovering over them.|
|Tulip 'Montreaux' blooms near a tree peony.|
I have some Tulips called 'Montreaux' in the same bed as the Anemone, but they're stubbornly staying closed up tight. Those planted elsewhere in the garden are already open.
Tulips seem to be extremely sensitive to location. Given the warmth and reflected heat from a structure or stone wall, they'll get a move on more quickly than the same varieties in the center of the garden.