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Get it while you can


You can count on weeks-even months-of pleasure from a lot of plants. I’m thinking of the roses, lilies, grasses, and other perennials that will be coming later this summer. But the superstars of spring often disappear within days.


At top are my Obdam double daffs: complete failures in the garden-how they flop in the rain!-but wonderful inside. And above are the charming erythronium Pagoda (the best cultivar of erythronium for my garden). These last just a bit longer, but not long enough.

Sorry for the iphone pics; that’s what I had today.

Posted by on April 28, 2009 at 10:00 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens.
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5 responses to “Get it while you can”

  1. arythrina says:

    I was sent some Obdam daffodils last fall instead of what I ordered, and they were fabulous this spring! Until the weather got too hot and the last few buds blasted. Still, I’m happy enough with them I’ll definitely be ordering more next year…

  2. Marie says:

    That erythronium is absolutely lovely.

  3. Pam J. says:

    The Pagoda is so beautiful. I wonder how they would do in my (MD) area? This was my first year experimenting with bulbs, tulips, and I learned a lot. They certainly are challenging: so much effort for such a short-term payoff. But I enjoyed the hell out of watching them get tall and strong and then bloom when nothing much else was going on. I picked one tulip, out of the 2 dozen or so that bloomed, and brought it inside. It’s still looking pretty good while its outdoor siblings are now falling apart. (Beautifully falling apart I must add.) Next year I want to have enough blooms so that I can pick a huge bouquet and still have a lot in the yard.

  4. Pam, I am growing Pagoda with no problems in southern Wisconsin. Mine will open in the next day or so. I just planted the pink E. dens-canis which is in its first real year of flowering. Very delicate and tiny compared to Pagoda. Elizabeth — those double daffs are gorgeous. I am a sucker for daffs but tend to always go for the single, late Poeticus ones when it actually comes time to plunk down my money.

  5. Amy Greenan says:

    Eliz., is that pachysandra you have as groundcover? And how does that Pagoda do in the shade? It’s lovely!