I received a box of bulbs this week that I had ordered from Lithuania in August. It’s delightful to open a package that packed full of surprises that won’t be fully realized until next year but that already appear different than anything I had ever seen before. Augis’ Bulbs has a wonderful web site with an extensive list of bulbs that would be of interest to anyone who likes to explore unusual varieties. Many of these items are from the former Soviet Union and not easily available in the U.S. It was with a sense of adventure that I sent off my check last month. I’m pleased to say that the order was more than fulfilled. The bulbs received were all very healthy and in a number of cases include multiples where I had ordered only one. Altogether I had ordered 16 bulbs including 9 Corydalis. Two items of special interest were Gymnospermiums that I had never heard of before.
Gymnospermium alberti was plant of the month for the Alpine Garden Society in February 2011. The bulb is huge. In addition to the Gymnospermium the Corydalis cava is gigantic.
I am used to much smaller Corydalis.
The next day I got a box from Maine with a collection of rock garden plants for the raised alpine bed that I’ve built.
They looked much nicer when I unpacked them.
As usual the Everymay order was full of nice healthy plants. Four Lewisia, four Saxifraga, 2 Campanulas, 3 primulas, and more….
For most of them their new home is the raised Alpine bed.
Here’s a more detailed view of some of the planting opportunities.
I must confess that this is really usual for me — to have the bed prepared before acquiring the plants. What fun!