This past weekend, I visited Cindy’s garden. Like me, she lives in Upstate New York, near Syracuse. Cindy has been buying plants from my nursery for well over 15 years and gardening for even longer. She started as a customer and became a friend. She has a very kind heart. Years ago now, when my husband was sick, she would bring him baked goods to help keep his weight up. After he went to heaven, she started coming down to the farmer’s market and hanging out with me, helping customers with her gardening experience and giving me the chance to take a break. She has been a great friend and it has been fun over the years to watch her little by little, plant by plant as she has learned which flowers grow the best in her yard.
Now, even though her yard is small, Cindy has found ways to keep her garden in bloom throughout the growing seasons. She has crafted an ever changing tapestry of color and I want to take a look at how she goes about it. This is only the first visit to Cindy’s garden. During the course of the summer, I will be making monthly trips to visit this garden and write about the beauty I find there.
What is it to go dormant? Bulbs use their foliage to store energy in their roots. After the energy is stored, the leaves turn brown and everything above the soil appears dead. Basically, the plant is sleeping most of the year, its life force stored in the bulb. So, planting spring blooming bulbs between perennial plants is great because the perennials start growing just as the bulbs go dormant. The foliage of the perennial plant shades and shelters the bulbs.
New gardeners often come to me with flowers plucked from a neighbor’s yard and want to buy blooming Spring bulbs from me. Unfortunately, bulbs prefer to be planted in the fall when they are completely dormant. So, plan ahead, buy some bulbs this fall and prepare for a more beautiful Spring next year.
Let’s take a closer look at what specific plants are flowering in Cindy’s garden. The veritable sea of blue comes from two slightly different species of flowers.