‘The most democratic of color combinations’

Regular readers of the New York Times Home and Garden section probably zeroed in on Anne Raver’s feature on White Flower Farm and the accompanying slideshow.

I sure did. But another story and slideshow (that had nothing to do with plants or gardening) extolling the virtues of blue and white also caught my eye.

Why am I drawn to blue pots, cobalt blue bottles and other blue accessories in the garden? The bottles I can trace back to digging antique bottles out of old dumps I found in the woods. Otherwise, all I can say it it might be the dearth of blue flowers I can actually grow.

Blue bottle decorations
blue bottles

Blue and white container water garden.
blue container water garden

Blue cold frame against our blue house.
blue cold frame

20 best spring bulbs

If this pictorial by Elspeth Thompson in the UK Telegraph doesn’t put you in the mood for ordering and planting bulbs this fall, nothing will. Of course, here in the U.S., our mileage may vary for a few of these. (I don’t expect any daffodil to flower from Christmas to March.) But most all of these would brighten my spring or be a great indoor plant this winter.

I’ve already got half a dozen of these picks myself, including the Thalia daffodil (below), Cyclamen coum and Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’.

angelic daffs