‘Super Greens Salmon’ Ranunculus: Another Delightful Garden Surprise!

As I finally start to finish up the individual posts which discuss all the different types of ranunculus that were grown in the garden this year, I can't ignore these beautiful flowers from the 'Super Greens' series. 'Super Greens Salmon' ranunculus were definitely what I would consider a "fun" investment. Simply, meaning that I wasn't…

My First Success With Freesia!

After trying to grow freesia over the past couple seasons, I'll admit that I had started to feel very discouraged. My sites suggest that freesia bulbs are hardy to zone 8, but I quickly found that my zone 6 garden warmed much too quickly in the spring for early planting. When my freesia bulb order…

In Bloom: ‘Salou’ Daffodils

In our last post, we took a closer look at the 'Lingerie' daffodil. In seeing these photos, I can't deny the uncanny resemblance between it and the 'Salou' daffodil. Admittedly, the two looked almost identical when picked in person. Fortunately, the photos do a better job of showing the very subtle difference in color. 'Salou'…

In Bloom: ‘Lemon Pastel Mix’ Ranunculus

I first began growing 'Lemon Pastel' ranunculus corms two seasons ago, when I had made a small bulb order from the Floret website. While various shades of yellow flowers have never been my favorite, I couldn't help but notice the outstanding shades of peach and salmon within this ranunculus mix. Still, 'Lemon Pastel' ranunculus never…

In Bloom: ‘Amandine Rose’ Ranunculus

After growing so many hardy annual flowers this year, I was most excited to see the ranunculus start to bloom. Ranunculus flowers were among the very first bulbs (corms, technically) that I ever grew. Imagine my excitement when I was able to find a lot of Amandine ranunculus corms available locally last year. Let's take…

‘Precocious’ Daffodils: A Peachy Dream in the Garden

Though daffodil season has long passed, I'm still working to update each variety that I grew this year, on the blog. This means that some of the late blooming varieties from the garden have been overlooked. 'Precocious' daffodils were one of the latest blooming of the spring narcissus. In staying with the theme of this…

‘Avignon Parrot’ Tulips: Enormous Blooms!

Sometimes, photographing all of the flowers in the garden can be difficult. The weather simply would not cooperate this year when picking many of the tulips, and the 'Avignon Parrot' tulips were no exception. As you can see from the photo above, the heavy rains had really made a mess of several late season tulips.…

In Bloom: ‘Purple Dance’ Tulips

Though tulip season has long passed here in my garden, I'm still tackling the immense task of making individual posts about each of tulip varieties that I grew this spring. One of the more interesting ones in the garden were these 'Purple Dance' tulips. Much like 'Doll's Minuet,' I selected these because of their unique…

‘Mango Charm’ Tulips: My New Favorite Single Tulip!

It seems that I have been searching for years for a nice pastel pink tulip. I've tried a wide range of varieties, and they nearly always being much darker than had been anticipated. When I grew 'Mango Charm' tulip this year, I had high hopes. In the catalog, the flower was pictured as a very…

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Tulips: The Perfect Pastel Yellow Double Tulip

For a period of about 4 days this spring, my garden was absolutely washed with rain. Without doubt, this long period of time took its toll on my tulip bed. As you can be see from the photo above, very few flowers were actually able to withstand the less than ideal weather. During that time,…