One energizing morning (spent amidst a horiculture wonderland known as a Botanic Garden) = new passions spawned. For me, it's all about the Alliums. I have decided I *need* more of these luscious bulbs in my spring landscape. They seem so versatile, tucked into a variety of nooks and crannies (as well as beautiful groupings), amidst a multitude of different backdrops, carrying each off with aplomb. I will have to become more knowledgeable about the varieties as I had no idea what some of them were and the one frustrating aspect of our visit was not everything was marked. Also, take a little notebook for jotting down names, etc., as it's all too much to remember, no matter how great you "think" your memory is.... I believe the first photo is of an Allium Christophii??? The second photo, an Allium I am much more familiar with seeing but still don't know the name.
And finally this intriguing little beauty which I *must* have dangling around my garden. I simply must!
A fabulous day altogether as after the Botanic Gardens, we popped over for a quick peek around the Smith and Hawken store (always fun) then ended up at a greenhouse in hopes of finding some of the plants on our newly formed wish list. No luck there but a trip to the greenhouse is never wasted!