To New Beginnings…

Tired of looking at that grilled cheese sandwich? I know I was. It’s been a while since I posted hasn’t it? Apparently I needed a break. I hadn’t planned it, but around summer of last year I started to lose the desire to post. I think I got too caught up in the whole promotion side of the blog and started to lose sight of why I started posting in the first place. My original goal was just to share. Share what I know and love about gardening with other gardeners and those that want to be gardeners. It was actually a  long conversation with a customer at work explaining the differences between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes, and why a person might choose one over the other, that got me back here. I love having these conversations. I love sharing what I have learned with those who wish to learn. I have had so many great teachers over the years that I feel it would be a waste not to pass on their guidance and inspiration.

So I’m back. And to kick things off I want to introduce you to a new introduction to my garden. The adorable little flower above is Ipheion uniflorium ‘Wisley Blue’ or Star Flower. I have admired this tiny little bulb from the Alliaceae family for years. It’s easy to see its relation to society garlic with those thin, grass-like leaves and once you tip it out of the pot the aroma of onion lets you who its cousins are. Ipheion naturalizes gracefully here on the Central Coast (grows in zones 5-9). I’ve admired my neighbor’s yard each spring when it’s covered in these dainty blue stars. Bloom time here is a bit earlier than the daffodils and lasts for weeks. Its short height (only 4″-6″) make it perfect for edgings and the front of borders (which is where mine will go). I have a particularly difficult spot in the front of the house that gets sun only for a few hours at the hottest time of the day. Too hot for true shade loving plants and too little light for those that crave full sun. The little star flower is adaptable and will do full or part sun. The plan so far is to have it mingle with some ‘Dragonfly’ Aquilegia, maybe a helebore or two and some ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip.’ Later in the season I will need to add some summer interest since all of the above go a bit dormant when things heat up.

In my search for information about Ipheion, I ran across this lovely photos of some Ipheion naturalized alongside daffodils. If that doesn’t scream “Spring has arrived!” I don’t know what does.

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3 comments for “To New Beginnings…

  1. at 9:35 am

    I hadn’t noticed that bulb before, but love the idea of mixing it with dragonfly Aquilegia and the helebores up in here in my zone 7 garden are looking amazing! I have a dark purple one and we just got a bright yellow one last week at the nursery that I might have to snatch. The danger of working in a nursery is that I don’t always get much of a paycheck but I sure have some great plants! We moved here 2 years ago from an apartment in San Jose to 4 acres in Shingletown. Love the change!

    • Kat
      at 6:34 am

      Working at a nursery and having room to plant is dangerous I must say. As for Ipheion, you don’t often see it from growers (we only have one that does it). It probably spread throughout my neighborhood by gardeners sharing bulbs. It does naturalize well.

  2. at 4:42 am

    Was so totally tired of that grilled cheese…

    Ima fan of star flowers, I see them naturalized all through the turf in everybody’s front yards in the historical district.

    I was able to salvage some for my own garden back when I was gardening in Jeffersonville, after a GFs neighbor declared war on the bulbs in his yard… He had a yard full of bulbs and shade, and wanted a yard full of nothing but useless turf…

    Some people aren’t right.

    Glad ur posting again,

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