Scott Kunst conducts “rescue operations” on heirloom bulbs via his company, Old House Gardens. He notes that his bulbs are “rare, endangered, and in need of your help — since the only way to preserve these living artifacts — and their incredible genetic resources — is to grow them!” As a gardener and history buff, how can one say no?
I certainly couldn’t and did my first serious ordering from OHG last fall. The photos on the digital catalog are pretty amazing but I still wasn’t prepared for the reality my bulbs delivered last spring: from glowing colors to sweet fragrance.
I’m not sure what it means, but as I was placing my order this month I realized that I was mostly buying spring-blooming flowers in autumn hues: hot reds, oranges, apricots, plum and even brown!
Maybe that can be a new marketing ploy to help gardeners cope with having to choose spring bulbs just as fall arrives: Don’t think Spring. Instead, let yourself be inspired by the colors around you now.