This is a garden blog about my experiences gardening in Summerland BC (zone 6) while aiming to be water-conscious. We live in an apple orchard but are adding some ornamental landscaping. I am expanding my plant repertoire to include highly drought-tolerant and native plants, such as the monarch butterfly's favourite flower, milkweed (Asclepias). I will also detail my efforts to use LED lighting to grow orchids and propagate (entirely legal) plants indoors.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Lovely Spring Bulbs
The crocuses are finished now, so my designated "rock garden" is now being colored by the early spring flowers, like this solitary drumstick primula (Primula denticulata). I bought it last year as a fading specimen at the garden store and it seems to have done well over the winter and even flowered for me! I fell in love with these after seeing masses of them at Victoria's Butchart Gardens. There were amazing, and their "drumsticks" much taller than mine. The hot dry Okanagan doesn't really seem like the most suitable climate for a primula, but bark mulch and part shade seems to help them withstand the summers.
Among the blue-flowering spring flowers, Chionodoxa planted in clusters look like sparkling gems. I looked at my few this spring and have concluded that I need to order masses of them in the fall. They are lovely and deserve more of a show.
The mini narcissus are looking lovely, though it seems only Tete-a-Tete has bloomed so far. I am waiting for a few others. These are a good bulb when rodents and deer are a problem, as they are not so attractive to animals, as they are poisonous to eat. Blue Scilla is seen in the background.
I see that the Summerland Gardens are open for the season, but I have yet to visit this year. I enjoyed the spring primulas there last year, mainly growing around the historic house. I encourage anyone to visit. It is a great place to admire the plants and the view of Trout Creek Canyon and the train trestle.
I plan to start my tomato seeds this week - including lots of varieties! I can't wait to see all the colors.