Thursday, March 3, 2011
free fritillaria friday
Have I mentioned yet how good March is for flowers? It is an out-of-control-beauty-explosion; eyes rolling back in heads; dizzying; paralyzing...
Come March 1st, its peak season for Jersey grown ranunculus and at the market you'll find Nicolette and I racing around with armloads of them whether we need them or not shouting GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME! Professional right? Not to mention the quince, jasmine, tetra anemones (now so strong and gorgeous), early cherry blossoms....
Fritillaria are coming in strong now too; Melagris, Imperialis, and Uva (as pictured above). These tiny, graceful harbingers of spring are also known as "fox's grape." Hearty in zones 3-9 these small bulb flowers bloom around here in late March through April. You can plant them in quite shallow earth - 2 to 3 inches deep - so they can be nicely layered on top of deeper bulbs like tulips or daffodils.
Anyway I have a bunch of the Uva's in the studio now, so the winner of the free friday flowers gets an arrangement featuring them. Comment to win, and good luck!