Visiting Vancouver Island is always an exercise in plant lust. Extreme plant lust. Oh, those Japanese anemones are just so invasive, my Aunt will say airily. Her friend has more Japanese maples in her yard than I can count. The dahlias are as tall as me with seemingly minimal care. And what’s that over there in the corner? Aw, an adorable, self-seeded baby cyclamen to bloom next to the fall crocuses. It’s painful seeing what others take for granted. Don’t get me wrong, winter can be nice and I really dislike the West Coast propensity towards heavy cloud cover, but sometimes all I want is some tender trees and a spectacular spring showing of ephemerals.
Never mind, I just ordered a bunch of bulbs for forcing so hopefully my fridge doesn’t kill them and I see some results in a few months. I got an amaryllis called ‘Zombie’ and some adorable little narcissi! I’ll let you know if I have any success. If not all you’ll get will be pictures of mom’s.