Yesterday I received this delightful package of Crocosmia bulbs from Wandering Chopsticks, who has a very popular food blog of the same name. The bulbs originally came from her mother's Oregon garden. Just look at this picture of them growing at her Mom's home. Simply Stunning!
Since I am a total crocosmia novice, I have been researching a little this morning . Judging from the picture, these may be "Lucifer", but since I am not sure, mine will be called "Chopsticks".
Because Chopsticks is from sunny California, I assumed these were tropical bulbs and would not survive my harsh winter temperatures. What a surprise when she emailed that her mom leaves hers in the ground all winter in Oregon. After a short time researching, I find that many Michiganders do the same. That makes me even happier. This weekend I will spend a bit of time finding just the right place to plant them.
Thank you again, Wandering Chopsticks. The little card you sent with them could not be more perfect for a gardener. I read that these are a favorite among florists, so I am sure they will be fun to work with in bouquets. I will be eagerly awaiting next year's bloom.
This week, DH came home from the grocery store with one of my listed items--cornstarch.
I was surprised and delighted by the new Argo container. It is such an improvement over the old box. The new mouth is large enough to stick a small measuring cup in and should be much less messy than the cardboard box.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.