Spring Flowers

Okay, I know it’s not spring. But I can dream, can’t I? Another five months ’til that glorious season is upon us.

Here are some beauties to look forward to that should be planted in the fall:

The ruber/corm of Anemone “de Caen.” It would seem unlikely that an exquisite flower could be produced from the unpromising knobby object. In spring, however, parsley-like foliage emerges followed by sturdy stems with plump buds. These unfurl to reveal glowing flowers with velvet centers. These are wonderful flowers to cut for bouquets.

Here are the requirements for successfully growing these:

  • moderately rich, well-drained soil
  • some afternoon shade
  • before planting, soak the tubers overnight in a bucket of water
    The tuber/corm of Anemone coronaria 'De Caen' is hard and raisin-like.

    The tuber/corm of Anemone coronaria ‘De Caen’ is hard and raisin-like.

    Korean lilac 'Miss Kim,' candy tuft

    Korean lilac ‘Miss Kim,’ candy tuft

    A mix of daffodils and tulips.

    A mix of daffodils and tulips.