Blooming Deserts

autumn crocus blooms the deserts Isaiah 35:1-2

Bulb catalogs are arriving in mailboxes and email blasts, making me daydream about the surge of color that the solitary blooms send up and beckoning me to add such splashes of dramatic display to our garden. Many bulbs are native to the Bible lands, flowering in spring or fall and surviving the hot, rainless summer months by lying dormant. It was a matter of great rejoicing to see the deserts bloom again, the dry and weary land revived with a petaled gush.

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Isaiah 35:1-2

Here are a few unusual bulbs recently added to our Plant Guide to bring you bursts of bloom and shouts of joy!

Bulbs to Plant in Fall

 Autumn Crocus

heralded the fall, a sign of relief as the flowers emerged from the sun-scorched land. it’s not too late – plant the tiny bulbs at the end of summer for drifts of colorful delight this fall. See Autumn Crocus in the Plant Guide for more details.

Crown Anemone

dress spring gardens in vivid color, more richly than “even Solomon in all his splendor,” as Jesus described. Anemones make great cut flowers, so plant plenty this fall for spring dazzle in garden and adorning table. See Crown Anemone in the Plant Guide for more details.


Photo Caption: © Inmerk | Autumn crocus or Colchicum autumnale blooming near Jerusalem


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