|Tulipa National Velvet|
I've been secretly scolding myself for weeks now. I touched on the subject of me keeping better records of where and when I plant spring flowering bulbs in my EOMV post. It's hardly surprising that my lack of effort has resulted me in not knowing my Alliums from my Tulips. In my defence, if I have a valid one that is - there seems to be many tulip bulbs appearing and I don't ever remember buying as many, let alone having many tulip blooms. I vaguely remember having a pot of Tulip Queen of the Night and Tulip National Velvet at some time in the dim and distant past. I find I have pictures to confirm that too. I can only think that I would have popped them in the front garden, on a wing and a prayer, where their chances of survival will be improved by the better drainage conditions out there.
I had not intended to write a post to link with in Beth's Lessons Learned meme but something else happened yesterday and it has only gone to confirm that I need to take action sooner rather than later!
Contemplating a new spot for Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena - where she is planted makes it
As every gardener that has the habit of moving plants around the garden will tell you, it's never safe to assume that any bulbs planted there or thereabouts will stay firmly in the spot you intended them to be. That added to the occasional self seeders, can make things just as confusing, particularly if some don't come true to their parents. I won't even bother adding wrongly labelled bulbs into the equation at this point. I've had my fair share of those too!
I identified a suitably bare spot for the small clump of the afore mentioned G. nivalis. I dug the receiving hole and off I trotted back down the garden to lift them from the soil. As the trowel went in, it hit something hard, I immediately thought it was a stone, I dug around and discovered it was a clump of snowdrops that had been planted in a pond basket. The fact that the basket was there means that I had intentionally planted them there and therefore were not G. nivalis. I scratched my head, what on earth were they? I had all my special snowdrops detailed in a word document and detailed in an unpublished page on my blog. I could not recall any that I had lost track off! I also noticed very nearby, about six inches away there was signs that another snowdrop was trying to grow, although the foliage was small, I had also assumed that it had made it's own way there. There are a few single blooms dotted around the garden. As I dug down, I found that it too was in a basket. I was so annoyed with myself, why couldn't I remember?
Phew, the names are clear. Galanthus Hill Poe on the left and G. Galatea on the right. With no dates written, would I be able to whittle down as to how I acquired them?
As I back filled the holes that were left by the removal of the baskets, a foot or so away, I noticed yet more unfamiliar grow popping up through the winter debris. What on earth have you been up to Angie? I asked myself.
|Emerging foliage March 2015|
|Narcissus rupicola label|
Written clearly, Narcissus rupicola! Might this be them? I have no idea, time will tell I suppose but if you are familiar with them, I'd be grateful for your opinion.
This of course was when it all came flooding back. Last spring I received a few bulbs in the green from a gardening friend. I had something to work with now. Emails would be checked when I got the laptop switched on. Described in an email as 2nd year seedlings of Narcissus rupicola, therefore this year will make them 3rd year seedlings, if in fact that is what they are. Therefore it will be safe to assume that they will not flower this year.
So, just what lessons have been learned this winter? More importantly how do I intend to rectify my mistakes.
- To adopt a better system than I currently use to record bulb planting/moving
Do you keep a bulb log? What information do you record? What, if anything else, do you think might prove useful?
- Never depend on you memory, no matter how good you think it is, it will at some point fail you.
- The importance of labelling/tagging plants in my blog posts.
How do you decide which plants to label/tag or not to tag in your posts? Do you use a general label for longer posts such as Bloom Day posts?
- To keep a note book to hand.
- Plant special snowdrops in baskets.
Does anyone else grow bulbs in baskets out in the open garden? Do you have a specific reason for doing so, may one I haven't thought about. Perhaps one you'd like others to be aware of.
I know that over the course of the past year I've received a few plant swaps from readers of my blog. Please be safe in the knowledge that I have recorded said welcome additions to my garden and have the emails we exchanged saved too.
Have you learned any lessons this winter? If so, please put together a post and pop over to Plant Postings and put up a link so we can all read it. You never know, we might learn from you!
Thanks for reading.