Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Bulb.com
Fall is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Bulb.com is a website that has lots of great information on selecting bulbs, where and how to plant, care tips and more. Even the most experienced gardener can glean ideas to create a wonderful spring flowering bulb garden.

Favorite or New Plant

Saffron crocus
Most of us are familiar with the traditional crocuses that emerge in late winter to early spring. Often overlooked is one of my favorites, the autumn crocus or saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). Plant these corms now in rock gardens, borders, mass plantings and alpine gardens to be rewarded in late summer and early fall with bright purple blooms. If you plant enough, you can harvest the bright orange-red stigmas to impart flavor and a golden glow to fine cuisine.

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