Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Glory of the Snow
The sky blue blossoms of glory of the snow (Chionodoxa luciliae) are a cheerful sight in the early spring, and as befits their name, the flowers typicallyy get caught by a spring snow. The star-shaped flowers are about 1 inch wide, with 10 or more per spray or stem. Each flower has a starry white center and faces skyward, which distinguishes this plant from the Siberian squill that nods its head and has deeper blue flowers.

Glory of the snow will naturalize nicely. It multiplies by both seeds and offsets to form a carpet of blue. These are effective near the front entry, along walkways, or in spots where it can be viewed from the windows. They can be planted with early tulips and daffodils or planted en masse and allowed to naturalize in meadow gardens or in front of shrubs or perennial beds.

Clever Gardening Technique

Provide Humidity for Houseplants
Winter in our region can be devastating for indoor plants that need extra humidity. When you turn the forced-air furnace on, it takes humidity out of the air. Keep houseplants happy with a pebble tray. It's easy to make one by spreading a 1- to 2-inch layer of pebbles in a waterproof drainage saucer that's wider than the top of the pot. Pour water into the tray until the water is about 1 inch deep and set your plant on the moistened pebbles. The water in the tray will evaporate slowly, humidifying the immediate area around the plant. Refill as needed.

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