Saturday, February 10, 2007

Blue yarden

Up from nowhere since yesterday, we have some blue in hyacinth form on the oak motte. They flower stalks are good and full. Only the squirrel-planted narcissi from Bastrop are blooming yet and they are in full flower between the English pea blossoms and the scarlet geraniums; those in Mack's flower bed are about to open. Soon there will be Avalanche and Grand Primo out front. Others to open soon will be Ice Follies dotted around the lawn in a crescent between the fig tree and the gate to Mack's yard.


At 3:26 PM, February 10, 2007, Blogger Eric said...

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At 9:08 PM, February 13, 2007, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hi Rantor,
Our Grand Primos have increased a little since they were planted a couple of years ago, but I didn't put in any hyacinths, and am now regretting it! I wasn't sure if they'd grow in Austin - do you have any advice for next fall?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 1:57 AM, February 14, 2007, Blogger Rantor said...

I'm assuming you're asking about hyacinths. We long ago lost track of which varieties we have (two blues, a deep pink, a white, a butter-colored, and a very deep pink), though I think that the oldest ones came from Park and the newest are probably from Sledd's and perhaps the supermarket. We planted them because the side yards across the street (long since built over) had them every year. The first dozen or so didn't last that long, for some reason. These have not really spread, but they have replenished themselves every year probably for at least a decade, both "Dutch" and "wood" hyacinths. They're just planted in the middle of the yard in the grass or else amidst the oak-tree or other tree roots and receive only the same fertilizer that the grass around them gets, a small dose of Texas mix every couple of years. The ones out front don't even get much water and are pretty sun-baked, while the ones in the side yard (northish and shady) geta bit. I see a lot of hyacinths in Austin (and smell more growing unseen behind fences). I don't know why the very first batch all those years ago sort of died out or why these have lasted so long (more than ten years, I think). We still have only the one bloom, although there are many, many more to come

At 10:07 AM, February 14, 2007, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Thank you - I haven't seen them in my neighborhood. I'm putting in a new bed in our side yard, and think it will be a good place to plant some hyacinths when the bulbs become available next fall.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose


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