Are you the kind of busy person who might not go so far as pouring concrete on your front yard, but you want something almost as low-maintenance? I urge anyone with self-described “black thumbs” not go the concrete route, because help is at hand in the form of spreading ground covers. They can take the place of grass on your front yard and require almost nothing from you. The thick growth of the two ground cover plants listed below will shade out weed seeds, making weed growth minimal to none.
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This group of flawless, white crocuses stopped me in my tracks on a rare sunny afternoon this week. While purple and yellow crocuses are a welcome treat for the eyes, starved for actual colour in early spring, the pure white of this gleaming, white crocus drew me like a magnet. Radiant yellow stamens glowed in the interior. I made a mental note to plant some groups of white crocuses in my garden next fall.
Why this planting works so well, is that the crocuses are planted close together in a clump. All bulbs appear at their best when planted in close groupings rather than spotted singly. A great way to get this effect is to buy crocus in pots in spring, (meaning: right now, if your ground is soft enough), dig holes in bare spots, and tuck them into your garden. Next fall, your planting will already be done.
While tulips and daffodils are wonderful as spring warms up, it’s the earliest bloomers in the garden that are really worth their weight in gold. I’m talking the small, early bulbs: snowdrops, species crocus, scillas.
Many of us of a certain age were brought up with canned vegetables. In the pantry sat can stacked on can of various veggies, from creamed corn to something called “niblets” to canned peas. Perhaps canned vegetables were popular because the can represented modern technology, could be stored at room temperature and locked away in a subterranean bunker while the family waited out a little black rain. Continue »
At this time of year, the usual subjects congregate to debate the signs of spring. Maybe it’s the sight of the first red-breasted robin. Some don’t consider winter officially over until the arrival of wild leeks, while others practically burst into a jig at the sight of a fiddlehead. But for us it is the humble and irrepressible chive that truly means spring is here. Continue »