Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Brief Road Trip

 The Berkshire Botanical Garden, just over the border in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, advertised a Bulb Show this month. Yesterday, I rode along with fellow Thursday Naturalist, Lois, to check it out.

It was a lovely day for an outing and both Lois and I were looking forward to seeing and smelling some spring blooms.

When we arrived after our 45 minute drive from Albany, we were a tad disappointed to discover that this "show" was quite... small. Very small, in fact. What was on display in the one diminutive greenhouse was lovely. However, I think the Berkshire Botanical Garden has made a mistake by advertising this small display of twenty of so pots of  forced bulbs and begonias as a show. They shouldn't have done that. Very misleading. So be forewarned.

On the plus side, the display introduced me to this plant, Clivia miniata, below. Horticulture Magazine describes this as, "A fairly indestructible blooming houseplant ."  They go on to say that because it likes dry air, dry soil and bright light with no direct sun, it is a good match for indoor growing conditions. It also likes to be potbound and will bloom even in a relatively tiny pot. Sounds like something worth trying at my house.

Lois and I did get one good tip from a couple who had popped in to look at the Berkshire "show".  They urged us to check out Smith College's Spring Bulb Show, which runs through March 22. So if you're looking for a more substantial display of flowers, check out the Smith College information here.

For now, I am counting the days until my neighborhood garden nursery opens for the season. I am ready to start digging!