You have to love a sunny yellow flower that pops up from the ground, often snow-covered, just when you think you can’t take another drab winter day. Winter aconites are some of the earliest spring bloomers in Chicagoland, reassuring us that spring is on its way. Eranthis hyemalis, as winter aconites are botanically named, are… Continue reading Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!
When people think about spring-flowering bulbs, daffodils and tulips are most likely the first types that come to mind. And maybe these bold and beautiful, large-flowered bulbs deserve the starring role, but minor bulbs are worthy of a part in the show as the curtain rises on spring. The minor bulbs are called minor because… Continue reading Minor Bulbs Have Major Impact
I don’t understand why folks don’t plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. Sure, I’ve heard the excuses: I’m tired of working in the garden by the time fall rolls around. My clay soil makes it difficult to use a bulb planter. It’s so much work and it takes so long to see the results of… Continue reading Plant bulbs in pots!