The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring, Tra-La!

Well, I was fighting mild grading-midwinter blues tonight with a spring flower catalog.

My wife surprised me today by green-lighting the idea of my ordering some more perennial flowers to plant this spring, as long as I kept the total under $100.

Well, for that, from the K. Van Bourgondien wholesale catalog, I ordered the following. Most are new or scarce in my gardens, and most are either partly or fully shade tolerant—an important point in my woodsy gardens.

Anyway, I ordered:

Toad Lilies. All images from, where I ordered them.

Toad Lilies. All images from, where I ordered them.

1) Toad Lillies. I planted a few last year, but didn’t see any yet. I’m not sure if the plants didn’t come up or just don’t bloom in their first year—but since I don’t have any showing yet, I figured a few more won’t hurt.

017892) Lilly of the Valley. Now, this is not only readily available locally, but also abounds in my garden already. Why did I buy any? Because I ordered pink ones. I only have white, now.

012723) Asiatic lilies. We’ve had a fair number of these in the past, and they are pretty. Sadly, they taste good to rabbits, too, so I’m replanting because they are getting scarce in my gardents.

059564) Phlox. I have just a few of these cherry, semi-sunny flowers. Since I plan to take out some old overgrown bushes, one of my gardens will be slightly lighter (as in, more filled with light) this year, so I’m going to try to phlox is up, a bit.

015505) Jack in the Pulpit. I had some other shade flower, Cimicifuga, picked out, but the wife didn’t like to the looks of it. I decided on my own to try Jack in the Pulpit—this is the priciest of the flowers I’m trying, but what the heck.

We’re enduring a very cold winter here in the upper Midwest. A blizzard is a forecast for tomorrow, and another Arctic blast for the following days.

So, I’m rebelling a little and putting myself in mind of warmer days to come.

And a cold, snowy winter like this, in my experience, doesn’t hurt the fall bulbs you planted last year—if anything, the spring bloom that results seems more robust. And I planted a lot of bulbs this fall.

Here’s hoping for some new colors in my spring gardens—and, after all, it’s only a few weeks away.


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