|Iris reticlata bulbs|
In March I waited to see little green shoots pop up so I could find them, then started digging them up carefully for the move.
|does this look like a tiny bulb?|
I dug up some more, and half the time I unearthed a whole hearty bulb and half the time I sliced right through them, they were so big. What the heck? How could these be iris reticulatas?
Well, they obviously weren't, as I concluded after half a dozen had been dug out. Everyone has made this goof at one time or another; we have all dug up something we forgot we planted.
But here's the real Garden Oops: even after unearthing a half dozen of these giant bulbs, I could not figure out what they were. I racked my brain, I checked my records, I looked back over old photos of that part of the garden. I tried to remember what I had put in there. There were too many and they were too closely planted for digging critters or garden fairies to have buried something randomly. Finally, four days later, I found a plant order I had placed last fall . . . .
How do you completely forget a large order of large bulbs that you paid a large price for and spent a large amount of time on your hands and knees in the fall planting in the cold earth? Not just forgot where they were planted, but forgot what they were and why they were there at all.
I replanted what I could, and they came up beautifully in May.
Camassias, also called Quamash, are native plants from the Northwest that have clear ice blue stars on tall spikes in spring. The blooms are like amsonias, only lighter and taller and icier blue. They are one of the few bulbs that will naturalize well in wet soil, which is why I put them in this spot in my garden to begin with (see, there had even been a thought process to this planting before I forgot about it.)
Quamash bulbs were a food crop for Native Americans, and I can say the bulbs I sliced through were really juicy and looked delicious (I didn't eat any).
|I'm anxious for my Camassias to naturalize into a big stand . . .|
|. . . like these from EasyToGrow Bulbs.com|
Honestly, could you have completely forgotten such lovelies? I won't this season.