"Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants." Count on Dorothy Parker to put rushing the season into some perspective.
Nevertheless, as soon as the sun came out yesterday afternoon, I headed for Wells-Medina Nursery (on my way to BAM to see the altered book show - which is both perplexing and stunning).
I was reminded that for all of us who didn't get around to planting all the bulbs we wanted to last fall, or worse, if squirrels and/or rabbits have decimated what we did plant, nurseries are now full of sprouted bulbs mature enough to survive critters and bloom soon. This selection of spring bulbs is so much wider than it was even a few years ago - Wells has dozens of different kinds of tulips and narcissus, plus sweet little Iris reticulata, delicate checkered fritillaria, fragrant hyacinths. And the good thing about planting in the spring rather than autumn is that the garden is so bare it's easier to figure out just where the bulbs should go. Just be sure to plant bulbs in drifts rather than rows, more rather than less, and close by walkways and outside of windows where you can best see and enjoy them.
Wells-Medina had racks of gorgeous hellebores, as you might expect. But I was surprised to see that the whole center section was filled with a great variety of strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries - a sign of the times-they-are-a-changing to pick up your gooseberries at Wells-Medina!
Good for Wells to be right on target with the edibles gardeners most want this spring...along with their usual diverse and sophisticated fare. And it isn't just Wells - last week I was impressed by all the lettuces, arugula, greens and herbs already started and ready to plant at Swanson's Nursery in Ballard - now if it'd just warm up enough so that we can get out there and start planting.....