‘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…

Finally! Success With Scented Stock

If you've been following along here on the blog for a few years, you already know that I've had the worst luck with trying to grow scented stock. However, it looks as if perhaps this year is when that all begins to change! Though this is certainly not a post about how to grow scented…

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…

‘Amandine Barby’ Ranunculus: A Beautiful Bright Pink for Spring

Yet another new-to-me ranunculus flower that I grew this year is the 'Amandine Barby' ranunculus. Like so many of the ranunculus that I've already showed here on the blog, 'Amandine Barby' ranunculus are a stunning shade of soft pink. The immense double blooms quickly caused these flowers to become one of my absolute favorites in…

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…

In Bloom: ‘Kinglet Apricot’ Calendula

I'll openly admit that calendula flowers have never been one that I am particularly excited about growing. While I do love their bright and cheerful colors, they usually don't perform well for me. From a spring planting, they are often disappointing in my zone. This year, it seems that I have finally figured out how…

Spring Bouquet: ‘Victoria’s Secret’ Parrot Tulips

This season, it has felt particularly difficult to find motivation to create flower arrangements. While I have enjoyed picking and giving the flowers away, I just haven't been in the right frame of mind to try arranging them myself. When the 'Victoria's Secret' tulips finally started to open in the garden, I knew that this…