We’re hopelessly in love with old bulb growers (the bulbs are old, not the growers) who specialize in rare and hard-to-find beauties like broken tulips and miniature daffodils. Scott Kunst of Old House Gardens is featured in this story in the Christian Science Monitor for his tireless work on behalf of old bulbs, which he says are slipping out of production faster than he can save them. He says that in 1886, there were 135 different hyacinths for sale in one old catalog, and now most nurseries offer just a few. He says that hyacinths are the most endangered bulbs out there and that they are "too wonderful to let them go extinct." If you agree, check out his hyacinth page and more here. It’s not too late to get some of those babies in the ground.
And over at the Southern Bulb Company, you can get bulbs especially suited for southern climates that have been grown not in Holland, but in Texas. They’re also blogging here–we love those garden industry blogs, so keep it up!– and if you read along, you’ll find out how it’s possible to be so busy that you forget that you were scheduled to go on Martha Stewart’s garden radio show. (Dude, what’s up with that?)Garden Rant on October 2, 2006 at 6:55 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.