Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs

I started bulb planting in earnest yesterday and did a few more this morning.

Bulbs of Tulipa saxatilis

So far I have planted the following:
50 Muscari armeniacum
20 Ipheion uniflorum
10 Narcissus 'Sweet Love'
10 Tulipa saxatilis
10 Tulipa linifolia
10 Allium ostrowskianum
5 Tulipa sylvestris
5 Sternbergia lutea

Lots more to plant the next couple of days...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Garden Update

I managed to miss Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again, but there is lots flowering in the garden still, and a few things are just coming into season even at this time of year. Let us start, however, with a few things that have continued on blooming from the summer or even the spring:

Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata), still deliciously fragrant in the mornings

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) - these really relish cool fall temperatures

Lantana soaking up the sun

Petunia exserta

 Dahlias still pumping out buds

Now for things just beginning to flower:

Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Sheffield Pink'...

... and another hardy mum...

... and the jewels of my fall garden: saffron crocuses (Crocus sativus)

A lot more chrysanthemum varieties should begin to bloom soon...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


This is quite cool, and not just because of the prospect of local figs in Michigan:

Turning Detroit's Abandoned Homes into Greenhouses

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hibiscus Diversity

I am not currently growing any varieties of the most well-known species of Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, nor of the rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). However, despite not having either of these common ornamental shrubs at the moment, there are three different types of Hibiscus blooming in the garden right now: the annual flower-of-an-hour or bladder hibiscus (Hibiscus trionum) and roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and the herbaceous perennial swamp rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos).

Flower-of-an-hour (Hibiscus trionum)

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

 Swamp rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

I also have some specimens of Hibiscus acetosella which are now beginning to bud, though with temperatures cooling down I am not sure they will make it to flower.