Belief in the underground

March 14th, 2013 Posted in bulbs

Flip the Linda coin. On one side, I’m a practical, show-me type. Turn it over and there’s equally strong trust. In my garden, the coin’s complete, especially when the invisibles return after hiding out underground for months. After last week’s restorative rain, sweet Narcissus ‘Abba’ couldn’t wait to renew my trust that she’d return.

Narcissus Abba

Narcissus ‘Falconet’ wasn’t about to be left out.

Narcissus Falconet

This Gladiolus tristis is a newbie, so the trust factor has another year or two to go.

gladiolus tristis

My daylilies are actually evergreen, but this early bird was a surprise!

Yellow daylily Central Texas Gardener

Freesia laxa makes a springtime chorus line against silvery anchor ‘Powis Castle’ Artemisia.

Carmine Freesia laxa

Native spiderworts are a little slow on the punch this year. Oddly enough, this first year self-seeded one bloomed first, perhaps to let me know that it trusts me not to move it! Okay, got it.

Lavender spiderwort

In the cat cove, I always forget about these miniature grape hyacinths that work so nicely between flagstones.

Grape hyancinth

On the edges, Spring starflowers (Ipheion uniflorum) keep on pumping.

spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum)

Under the mountain laurel in the island bed, I don’t know where I got widow’s tears (Commelina erecta). They showed up last year. I left it to trust that they’d come back. And they did.

widow's tears

Purple oxalis can be finicky for me, but I guess I finally found the right spot for it to return. See, that’s where practicality meets trust!

Purple oxalis

Nearby, African hosta (Drimiopsis maculata) is coming up with its complementary purple speckles.

african hosta Drimiopsis maculata

Yellow is such a team with purple.  Scotty’s Surprise oxalis, a Scott Ogden foundling, knows it well!

scotty's surprise oxalis

Until next week, hope you have fun with your surprises!  Linda

  1. 18 Responses to “Belief in the underground”

  2. By Ally on Mar 14, 2013

    I love walking around the garden to see which plants are leafing out or blooming. In my garden the mimosa and the kidneywood are the absolute last plants to leaf out. When I see green buds on them, I know spring is here to stay.


    Linda reply on March 14th, 2013 9:55 pm:

    Hi, Ally! I don’t yet have the native mimosa, and my kidneywood is still dormant. I’ll add those to the list of “weather predictors!”


  3. By Daphne on Mar 14, 2013

    Very Nice! Love that so many sweet little flowers have now returned. :-)


    Linda reply on March 14th, 2013 9:54 pm:

    Thanks, Daphne! They did it just for you.


  4. By ShirleyTx on Mar 14, 2013

    My Bearded Iris are blooming. Two clumps of yellow and one white. I don’t know where that white one came from. I did not plant any white and I’m not crazy about white flowers, but the white Bearded Iris is pretty and I’m glad to have it.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2013 3:26 pm:

    That’s wonderful! I’ve been admiring iris all over the place, but so far, nothing from mine. Interesting about that white one! I guess it wanted to make you a fan.


  5. By ChrisG on Mar 15, 2013

    The Freesia and Grape Hyacinth are my fav! Very nice. Have you seen the Freesia in any nurseries? I’d love to have it in my garden.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2013 3:26 pm:

    Chris, I haven’t seen them in nurseries and they should have these. I think I bought some of Tom Peace’s maybe (?) potted up at NG, so do check there. I also got some from Brent & Becky’s. But I do think I saw the white and carmine at NG. . . .Tom Peace plants, I bet.


  6. By Tom E on Mar 15, 2013

    Our happy 3-year old gladiolus tristis produced the most enchanting smell after dark this week. Hope you’re enjoying the same. Being a bit of a Tom Peace “one of each” gardener I’ve got 27 different species blooming at the moment, but nothing yet from our Linda’s Fulvas daylily.


    Linda reply on March 15th, 2013 3:24 pm:

    Wow, Tom! I haven’t been able to smell mine yet but my nose is clogged. Yes, I’m a Tom Peace fan. He said he has some more at NG. Oh, I bet your garden is glorious right now!


  7. By Cindy, MCOK on Mar 18, 2013

    My Narcissus have been mostly disappointing this year. I think they just don’t get enough cold weather. Yours are lovely! And that Gladiolus … where can I get one?


    Linda reply on March 20th, 2013 5:39 pm:

    Hi, Cindy! Mine have been disappointing too. Perhaps the warmth but I blame lack of rain most. Once we had that one dose of rain, some got back in gear. Yes, so sad. I got that gladiolus at The Natural Gardener. It’s a Tom Peace special. If you can’t make it to Austin, I bet you can get it online. Supposedly it does like some moisture. Mine returned from last year but haven’t bloomed–probably because I moved them way too late.


  8. By Pam/Digging on Mar 20, 2013

    I ran across the ‘Scotty’s Surprise’ yellow oxalis at The Great Outdoors recently and was mightily tempted. I’ll be interested to see how it does for you.


    Linda reply on March 20th, 2013 5:37 pm:

    Pam, I’ve had mine for years! It’s totally reliable and has multiplied so much that I’ve started dividing it. NG has it too. Like other oxalis, it disappears in the heat and returns in late fall. Get some!


  9. By Becky Heath on Mar 26, 2013

    Hi Linda,
    Wow! You have SO much in bloom now when the rest of the country seems to be struggling to have temperatures above 50 degrees! Your garden is looking good – congratulations! Come to see us in tidewater Virginia!
    Becky Heath


    Linda reply on March 26th, 2013 6:13 pm:

    Becky, I’m so coming to see you one of these days! I love your bulbs that pepper my garden every February and March.


  10. By Sharon Lovejoy on Mar 26, 2013

    So many of the same treasures are blooming right now in our garden.

    I’m not a huge gladiola aficionado, but I love tristis not only for its dancer-like grace, but also for its sweet scent.

    Sending love,



    Linda reply on March 27th, 2013 3:20 pm:

    Dear Sharon, your garden is beyond gorgeous all the time! Kisses to you both, Linda


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