Monday, September 29, 2008

Heirloom Bulbs & Indian Summer

"All is perfectly still, as if Nature, after her exertions during Summer, were now at rest." - John Bradbury, 1817

High in the mountains, we're quietly savoring our 'second summer.' Those warm, peaceful days that come right after Mother Nature has frozen all of my tomatoes.

Last year, these lazy autumn days lingered into late November. It was so nice for so long, it charmed my honeysuckle vines into a second flowering.

So, I've been dragging my feet on fall planting, thinking I've got all the time in the world. Plus, I was saving up my energy 'cause I'm going hog wild on bulbs this year.

Rather, I was planning to go hog wild. It just never occurred to me that bulb companies weren't patiently waiting for my order!

I'm not usually this emotional but I literally shed a tear when I saw that the Old House Gardens Cafe Brun Tulip was sold out.

They'll probably sue me for showing these photos, but a picture is worth way more than a thousand of my words.

In spite of sold out signs on the bulbs I really wanted, I still found a few goodies...

Allium, Camassia and this pretty cool tulip. I'll probably have to tether the cat next to these tulip bulbs 24/7 so the critters can't eat them.

Daffodils that hopefully will naturalize like crazy, making many more Daffies, in the years to come...
I'm fond of the Old Bulb gals because it feels like I'm buying bulbs from a neighbor.

This young lady will surely die but I just couldn't resist. I am a sucker for perennial Cyclamen.

* Just in case you're wondering, the answer is no. They did not pay me a dime or offer me a bulb for yakking about them. I just really like the company. (Now, if only they'd build a better website... ;-)


Anonymous said...

Ah, look at that royal blue sky! Oh, I miss it!

Nice bulbs, too.

I look forward to the hollyhock seeds!

Granny J said...

my goodness, the dotter has been avisiting! Does these bulb ladies offer so-called species (i.e., wild) tulip bulbs? Do they offer mariposa lily bulbs???

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

I think so. I hope so! I was crossing my fingers, when I placed my order, that heirloom bulbs would multiply and divide and do all sorts of exciting things... :)