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Color!

April 18th, 2016

It’s really nice to see color once again outside my window. The tiny spring bulbs are popping up here and there, around the apple tree, in the lawn, in the flowerbeds. Siberian Squill were one of the first bulbs I ever planted when I started gardening. I was sitting on the front step resting after  long day of gardening yesterday and noticed how wonderful these little beauties are doing under the apple tree. I’m definitely planning on planting a lot more of these little lovelies under this tree, I’d love to have a carpet of purple under there in the spring. Scilla naturalizes, so a few bulbs will eventually become a grand army of little purple blooms. I’ve always had luck with them reproducing by both seed and bulblettes.
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These are little lovelies that I didn’t plant, hopefully the people who purchased our previous home are enjoying the 2500 flowering bulbs I planted while I gardened there.

5 Comments to “Color!”
  1. Nebraska Dave on April 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Susy, it is fun to sit and enjoy the garden at times. As much as I love working in the garden there are times when just admiring the beauty of it is very calming and just makes things seem right with the world. I planted some dwarf fruit trees at my previous house. It’s only a few miles away from where I live now. I drive past it every so often to see what has changed. The trees made me smile for over 20 years when I saw them. They have finally been taken down and replaced with just a grass area but for many years the memory of planting those trees made me smile as I slowly drove by. I am trying to, even in the garden, plan for a long lasting foot print to continue on long after I’m gone that will remind the neighborhood about the crazy old coot that had a garden at Terra Nova Gardens.

    Have a great day admiring the flowers that you have planted or previous owners have planted.

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  2. Andy on April 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Please take a moment and research how destructive siberian squill can be once it escapes cultivation and smothers native ecosystems before you go too far planting it. While plants like these are indeed beautiful in appearance, the fact that they misplace native species is not. Maybe consider a native violet, dwarf iris, hepatica, sisyrinchium or other spring ephemeral native to your region?

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    • Susy on April 18, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      In some areas it can be invasive, here in our area it actually doesn’t spread very much at all. I do have loads of native wild violets, that grow in the same area as the squill.

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  3. Toni on April 18, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    With my husband’s Air Force career and then civil service career we moved 22 times in 35 years. Always looked forward to spring to see what the previous residents had planted.

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  4. Sacha on April 19, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I’ve developed this renewed love affair with daffodils. I loved them as a kid, because of the sweet “Daffy-down-dilly” nursery rhyme. But now, I love to spot them, random clumps along roadsides or in forest clearings, marking where a mailbox or a house once stood. In a world that sometimes seems hellbent on destruction, it’s evidence of all the moments that some person did something to make their world and home just a little bit more beautiful.

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