This is Narcissus ‘Einstein,’ also shown in the second picture of the last posting. This picture is taken on April 15 whereas the first picture was taken 3 days later, on April 18th. I had to recheck my pictures because I was pretty sure Einstein’s petals had been yellow only 3 days ago. Now they are a pristine white.
The name Narcissus comes from a mythological character named Narcissus. He fell in love with his beautiful self upon seeing his reflection for the first time in a pool. Unable to embrace his reflection/lover he pined away and the flower Narcissus grew where he died; the term narcissism also comes from this source.
The term “bulb” has been used generically here. But clarification is required lest I lead the reader astray.
Strictly speaking, a crocus is not a bulb but a corm – a compressed stem. It’s similar to a bulb but has no scales. A nice visual can be seen at http://plantpropagation.com/corms.htm
However Galanthus is a true bulb or modified underground stem. A true bulb has scales attached at the basal plate.
Bulbs carry their own food within these underground stems and thus feeding them additional food is optional. Many give a sprinkling of bone meal or compost after the flowers have finished.
The true food they need is in the leaves that you must allow to die back naturally. Do not remove them until they have yellowed and will easily pull away when gently tugged. If flowering seems less than in previous years you probably need to lift and divide the bulbs or corms.
The word Crocus is the Greek name of saffron: Crocus sativus. Galanthus is from the Greek ‘gala’ for milk and ‘anth’ for flower referring to the white blooms.
Seems time to restart this blog since finally, after the long winter (not over yet – might still get snow) a smattering of bulbs have bloomed.
The Galanthus were first up, in mid-March.
Then the Crocus started to bloom during the first week of April. This is two weeks later than I’ve previously recorded their bloom. But it must have been tough to get through the heavy Easter snows.
The first week of April the crocus looked great but now are all gone:( They can take the cold so what happened? I wonder if the warmth, 73 degrees, of last Tuesday was too much for them? Or could it be that as I raked the oak leaves off of them I damaged them somehow?
These crocus usually bloom for at least three weeks and I miss them already and now have to wait for another year. Happily some daffodils are ready to pop!
I was surprised that after this cold spell and freezing temperatures my clump of daffodils have uprighted themselves and look about 85% ok. They were covered at one time by about 10″ of snow and I thought they were all history.
I also want to share this brand new website www.ronwilsononline.com I listen to his talk show In The Garden on Saturday mornings from 7 to 9 AM.
He has practical advice for the current conditions in our area.
Also check out Gardening by the Bale information. I want to try it this year and plant a few tomatoes and peppers while giving the garden a rest from these plants.
Susan the websites you shared with us are very nice, so much info to check out.
Time to work on my test, they seem to get longer and more confusing