Spring planting has been initiated here at the Peninsula, culminating traditionally Memorial Day weekend and a plant sale at the local agricultural center as well as nurseries around the county.
It keeps your bed looking neater looking and readies for the spring sprouting of new growth. I have listed them according to height and placement in flower bed:
This bulb plant, genus Camassia, is native to western Canada, western United States, southern British Columbia, northern California, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana – the colder climate and mountainous regions. It grows wild in meadows where moisture content is high and grows to a height from 12 to 50 inches and blooms in the spring with multi-flowered stems whose leaves can measure from 8 to 32 inches long. Planting depth is 4 inches and spacing is 4 to 6 inches. Once used as a food staple by Native Americans and settlers of the American Old West, it now graces
many flower gardens across North America, especially in cooler states.
plants before attempting to use as a nutritious food staple.
|Angel Wing Iris|
Planting depth: 3 inches; spacing: 3 to 5 inches. Grows 18-24 inches tall. Flowers bloom in spring in white, yellow and bright orange. It is deer, rabbit and squirrel resistant. It is also called the Dutch Iris and flowers in late spring. They make good cut flowers because the stalks are sturdy.
This is a favorite of many gardens that comes in a myriad of varieties and colors. Our tulips have been cross breeding so they have become multi-colored from the original red and yellow to a mixture of both. Colors are as variable as species – yellow, pink, red, purple, blue, orange, and even black (very dark purple), and a combination color splash. Plant tulips at 6 inch depth and space about 6 inches. These plants are early bloomers sometimes seen blooming through late spring snow. They grow from 24 to 28 inches, with some varieties having less height, which then can be placed more to the front of a flower bed.
Also called the Narcissus plant, it is a hardy early spring flowering perennial bulb plant of the Amarylliss family. This plant once it gets established is prolific and normally
is seen yellow in color, but some are white-orange. Plant 6 inches deep and space the bulbs 4 to 6 inches. The Narcissus species has been used by the Japanese to treat wounds, the root crushed and mixed with wheat flour paste to make a poultice. It was listed by Roman physician Aulus Cornelius Celsus in De Medicina among
medical herbs. In Wales, Daffodils are grown commercially to produce galantamine, a drug used to combat symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Also known as Triteleia, it is native to North America from British Columbia to Guatemala. It is most commonly found in California. The name is descriptive of the fact that its flowers bloom in threes. Plant at 3 inches depth and space 2 to 3 inches apart. They grow from 20 to 22 inches in height. The golden plant is yellowish, but it also is available as a purple-white flower known as Ithuriel’s
Spear. You can find this, and many of the perennial bulbs listed here at Michigan Bulb Company. I get much of my bulbs and other interesting plants from them. Be aware that they only will ship when the time is right for your particular zone, which means if you wait too long to order, they will not ship the product until fall or next planting season. So plan accordingly. Michigan Bulb does this to ensure that plants are received in good condition and the right time for planting. It is part of their quality control that some consumers don’t understand; and contrary to negative comments on the Internet, I have never had a problem with their customer service. I only had to request one plant to be either replaced or receive credit. I received a credit slip for the amount paid for and it is good whenever I want to use it, which will be the next order. I have only had to request credit once out of the many years of ordering from them. Follow the instructions carefully that
is supplied with every shipment and you will succeed in establishing interesting and colorful flower beds – whether full sun or full shade. Watch for sales they have and save money.
This plant comes in varieties with different names: Candle Bush, Empress Candle Plant, and Candlestick Cassia to name a few. It is also varied in category as shrubs or trees. Spacing also varies for planting, but it requires at least 6 to 8 feet. So if you use these plants in your flower bed as a rear-bed plant, plan your garden accordingly. They grow tall with some from 6 to 8 feet in height and the tree variety growing 12 to 15 feet tall. They have beautiful clustered yellow flowers. The drawback is that I cannot grow it here unless in a greenhouse because its Hardiness Zone is 8-11, tropical regions. And, if I did grow in greenhouse, it would have to be trimmed as a dwarf bush. It requires full sun, of course and blooms from mid summer to early middle fall.
or among a stand of trees. It is rich in pollen and nectar so attracts bumblebees and grow best in slightly acidic soil.
|Star of Bethlehem|
flagpole complete with a solar LED spotlight to properly illuminate the US flag at night, so I don’t have to take the flag down at dusk and back again in mornings. While it is tradition to fly the flag at half mast until noon and then raise it again, I leave the flag at half mast until around noon, then raise it full mast. I will provide a picture of the installed flag later because I am presently digging the sod out and putting in an extended flower bed between the White Paper Birch tree I have cultivated and pruned to be a dwarf tree that will be no more than 6 feet tall; much like a large version of the Japanese Bonzai plants, and not in a pot. The tree is now at its full height of a little over 6 feet.
Garden Tip: I recently discovered that using newspaper/magazines as a base foundation for mulching will choke out weeds when it is about one inch thick.It works even better if you shred the newspaper.