I think I really should have named this blog “The Ignorant Gardener.” Or was that already taken? It seems I have a real talent for planting things and then forgetting their names. I’m not talking just varieties, more like entire species. Case in point, yet again:
This was part of my bulb haul from the UW Arboretum last fall. I thought I’d written down everything and posted it here, but this one is eluding me. Could it be some kind of fritillaria? I did get a mixed bag of those, but the others are snakeshead and look completely different, including the foliage. Hm. Any thoughts?
I like these, whatever they are, so I want to get more for next year. They provided a nice color/shape contrast to the big loud orange-red tulips that were blooming just up the way in the parking strip.
Of course the solution to all of this ignorance would be to keep better records (duh) but also to start building a map of what is where. Does anyone have software they like for this? Does it even exist? Or do you just draw it out freehand? I have tried bringing notebooks out with me but they always get so mud-bespattered that they become illegible very quickly. In theory this blog should be a way to keep better track, but when I’m planting bulbs, taking a picture of bare dirt with the crumpled dirty bulb bag next to it just doesn’t seem to do the trick (I tried). How do you map your garden?