I don't remember when or how I discovered Ian Young's Bulb Log, but visiting it has now become a weekly ritual. Friday afternoon I settle down with a cocktail and read about what's happening in his garden. Young lives in Scotland and his log appears on the website of the Scottish Rock Garden Club. Though my garden is filled with rocks, I am not a rock gardener in the traditional sense.
But Young loves Fritillaries, Erythroniums and Trilliums in particular, judging by the number of posts about them. Those three species are among my favorite plants as well. I am in awe at his knowledge and fascinated by the hybridizing he's done with these plants. And then there are the dozens of troughs in his garden, to say nothing of greenhouses.
But what draws me and many others to his site is the fact that he has been keeping meticulous visual and written records about the bulbs he grows and hybridizes for years. Click on a given week in any year going back to 2003 and you can see what was blooming in his garden and what projects he was doing. It is a mind-boggling resource. It doesn't matter that I live in a different climate in a different part of the world, I am hooked on my weekly visit with Ian.
If you are a fan of Erythroniums, his information about hybridizing various forms of this plant are nothing short of a university education on the subject. He's sent me searching specialist nurseries to add some of the less common Erythroniums to my garden. I've also watched some of his video diaries but they are making me want plants like Trillium rivale (below), which — as far as I can tell — I would have to order from Canada and pay for all those international health certifications. I am getting a bit nervous at how many hard to find plants Young is making me eager to grow. But I don't intend to stop watching and reading his Bulb Log!
Give yourself a treat as these last days of winter hang on, and spend a little time with Ian Young in his garden. You can find an index to bulb long entries about specific plants here and the videos are here.
Fritillary photo (top) and Trillium sessile photo (middle) are mine. The bottom image of Trillum rivale is from the Bulb Log.