|Bulbs, all in a swath|
At this point I'm pretty well used to being surprised by the fall-blooming crocuses. They'll still be a surprise when they bloom, but an expected one, if that makes sense, an "Oh, yeah, that surprise" kind of thing. Lately, however, they've outdone themselves. They've already startled me, and they haven't even put up buds yet—in fact, they probably won't for another month or so. But I have them on the brain, as this is the perfect time to plant them (although later works too), and apparently that's all it takes.
With the vague memory of thinking last fall, "I must plant a larger swath of fall-blooming crocuses next year," I headed out to one of my favorite nurseries yesterday to purchase bulbs. I came away with two bags each of C. speciosus and sativus, 40 bulbs in all—not enough for a huge swath, but enough to make a showing in my small garden.
Then I got them home, and surprise! I don't know where I'm going to put them, because surprise! the fall garden doesn't really have room for anything as large as a swath. Besides, on the garden map with all the bulbs' locations pencilled in, I never marked the fall bloomers, and surprise! I don't remember where they're already planted. Since they don't put out leaves until after flowering, there's really no way to find out where they are until surprise! they start to bloom. Probably at some point last year, leaving the crocuses' location as an enjoyable surprise for this year seemed like a good idea. (Hey, thanks a lot, last year's self!) Either that, or I just forgot.
So now I'm left with a lot of questions (and 40 bulbs): I wonder why I didn't figure out where to put them before going to the nursery? I wonder where to find room for 40 bulbs, or for anything, all in a swath? I wonder where they could possibly get enough sunshine, where a sun-loving plant isn't already growing? I wonder whether I should put them in the most sensible place, or if I should assume that that's where I planted last year's batch? I wonder how this is going to pan out? I wonder what I was thinking?
Oh, the satisfaction. Because this is what we all love so much about gardening, really.