Finally, I’m all done with this year’s bulb planting. The last of them were 100 Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) that I ordered as kind of an afterthought – after I was done with the Tulips, Daffodils, and Alliums.
The compulsion to buy the Chionodoxa came after I noticed a narrow strip of bare earth mixed with sand and gravel that lay along one side of the new driveway. Replanting grass on this strip where it lay between the pavers and the flowers of the Left Bank Bed seemed silly.
Instead, I planted some Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’), which I hope will work as a groundcover that doesn’t need mowing and can take a bit of foot traffic.
Still, something was missing. And then it came to me: Chionodoxa! The bulbs are pretty small and you only plant them about 4″ apart. The 100 I planted will make a blue stripe 12-16″ wide and about 10′ long.
In Chicago, Chionodoxa usually bloom on the early side of April. They’re under 6″ tall, rodent resistant, and naturalize readily. They’re similar to Squill (Scilla sibirica), but Chionodoxa flowers are bigger with a white eye and I like them better.
I first saw Chionodoxa at the Lurie Garden, as with many of the new plants I purchase for the first time. Last year I planted a few in the Sidewalk Border, but this planting may be more satisfying because the bulbs are not as scattered.
If only I had bought 200 instead of 100. That would have been just right.