Choosing White Bulbs

Choosing White Bulbs

Erythronium oreganum White Fawn LilyThe sun has been out for two days and although it is cool, my fingers are already itching to get back into the dirt. This is a hard time of year for me for that very reason. I LONG in January and February to get back to the earth. The Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February helps me through that month. But before that, I have to get through January.

Don’t get me wrong-I am very, very happy that the sun has been out. I even went to the beach today. When they sun comes out, I remember why I love the northwest after all. BUT as soon as it happens, I want to plant.

This year I will satisfy the itch (I hope) by planting some bulbs. I found myself wondering this week if a bed of all white flowers would have the same elegance of all-white Christmas lights?  I asked my garden friends on Twitter and they seemed to think so. They even recommended some varieties for me.

RascallyJen recommends:

Erythronium oreganum White Fawn Lily (see pic above)- Berry Botanical Garden describes it: “Native bulbous perennial to 12″ tall. Spring blooming, nodding, pale yellow flowers with reflexed petals and mottled leaves. Best in a shady woodland garden, moist well drained soil.” had some recommendations too. But we mostly talked about:

Crocus Garden Guides talks describes this flower and also says, “All-blooming crocuses are often confused with Colchicum. Although the flowers are similar, they are actually two different species. Good companions with spring-bloomers plant, mini daffodils and species tulips. Crocus are most impressive when planted en mass.”

What do you think? Is a bed of white flowers-impressive or boring? Plain or magnificent? Hit me.



  • Dianne
    Posted at 09:29h, 19 January Reply

    Those “whites” are a wonderful idea! Both the white crocus and the fawn lily will bring a sophisticated “spark” to our Northwest green, I’m sure. My own yearning is for yellows: sunny yellows and pale yellows and (even) brassy yellows. I found a wonderful light yellow crocus that’s been sooooo reliably early: I can hardly wait! So: tho the soil’s not really workable yet is it too soon to prune fruit trees?

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