For those who understand German, here is a lovely little documentary on traditional irrigation and the cultivation of damask roses for rose water in the Jebel Akhdar mountains of northern Oman:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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
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
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...