Friday, April 3, 2009
Daffodils are about gone, even the ones planted last winter which bloomed late. Foliage of lilies of all descriptions are coming on fast. Byzantine gladioli are blooming, a beautiful fuchsia pink. They're too early for all the pink companions around them.
Margaret Roach says on her blog, A Way to Garden, that bulbs don't take up much space. One bulb doesn't, but I always want a huge cluster of bulbs. The half dozen Byzantine glads are spaced out between clumps of daylilies but they're beginning to multiply. The clumps of daylilies designed to hide dying daffodil foliage are greening up, too.
I started a list of summer bulbs I would like to try, like Begonia boliviensis, Bessera, Bletilla -- that is just the B's! I have most of the C's: Cannas, Caladiums, Crinums, Colocasia, Curcuma, Crocosmia, but I'd like more Cultivars of each!
It would be possible to have a monocot garden of mostly bulbs and grasses. Most of the plants I've put in the canna garden are monocots: cannas, gingers, setcreasea, bulbine, kniphofia, gladioli, vetiver grass. I did put a swath of Black eyed Susans for early color. They'll be pulled when the blooms are gone. or maybe left for the birds to eat the seeds.