After the waters receeded, there they were…..blooming happily. Sternbergia, my Fall Crocus. Nothing, mot even a historic flood, would interrupt their time to shine.
I love that. I love seeing the yellow-dose-of-sunshine in a bulb. I love the fact that Sternbergia (the proper name for Fall Crocus) looks so vivid and alive….just as if a child came through my garden and drew their version of a whimsical, yellow flower….just to add bright color to a water-drenched landscape. Dr. Seuss would be so proud.
Sternbergia are just as tough as they are whimsical and cute. They survive poor soil in drought conditions, but prefer (naturally) a nice, garden space under the dappled shade of an old oak tree. They are Fall bloomers, and the foliage will continue to grow through the Spring. Do not cut the foliage…..it is the energy for the bulb’s lovely flower.
I never doubted these heirloom beauties would rise to the occasion……drought or flood. Heirloom bulbs truly are a garden treasure. I always have bulbs to share. Just email me…..(maybe in a few weeks, since we are still in a state of homelessness after the flood)
Happy Gardening, my friends.