Some of the most lovely spring flowers, which everyone wants in their bouquets - Anemone and Ranunculus - are tucked in the ground here at Butternut Gardens, hopefully well-protected from the coming winter cold.
The Anemone run the gamut from striking red to red and white bicolor to lovely pastels and more subtle dusky blossoms.
My Ranunculus will cover the absolutely delicious sherbet palette of colors - peach, salmon, orange and pink.
Neither of these bulbs overwinters well without a bit of added protection, so the low tunnels are up! Also called low hoops, short for hoop houses, or caterpillar tunnels, these low hoops will keep the soil at more moderate temperatures, and enable these two fabulous flowers to flourish.
Before I plant either the Anemone or Ranunculus
in the ground, I let them develop a good root
system in a moist medium under more controlled
temperatures. That way I give them a good head
start. They do want to grow.
After a good period of time, you would be amazed
by the wonderful roots that both Anemone and
I am always amazed by
Here's a shot of the little octopus-looking
Ranunculus with all of its wonderful white roots
ready to be put into the ground under the low
Into the tunnels they go. Five low tunnels are currently harboring a wonderfully-warm (relatively) climate for all of these beauties. On one recent day, my visiting grand dog, who has helped me all summer with the flowers, decided it was necessary to enter one of the tunnels to inspect for mice and voles. I escorted her out, and thanked her for her loyal efforts! Took out the leaves as well.
Never-ending inspections taking place here!