Photo by Mark Kane
Mighty Little Bulb
Small and tough, Striped Squill is among the earliest of hardy bulbs. Here in Zone 5, mine emerge and flower in mid-March, more than a month before daffodils. They seem to proclaim a message - maybe, “We survived the winter. So did you. Time to celebrate.”
Each bulb sends up two strap-like leaves, pointing away from each other like a green letter V. Between them a flower stalk rises, topped with a cluster of buds pointing upwards and striped in blue. Then the buds move apart, point outward, and open. Each flower has a short corolla in the center and six petals, each with a sky-blue line down the middle.
Striped Squill multiplies readily, in two ways. The bulbs make offsets (daughter bulbs) and the flowers make seeds. The bulbs are smaller than hazelnuts and sold in packs of ten or fifty. From the ten I planted eight years ago, the garden now has a broad clump of thirty and one younger clump nearby that must have started from a wandering seed.
To plant a small bulb like this, I use a trowel barely an inch wide, jab it in the ground, pull back on the handle to open a slot in the dirt, drop in the bulb, and press the slot closed. With close spacing bulb-to-bulb, pulling open a new slot closes the neighboring slot simultaneously. While this saves a little time, the real reward for me is feeling efficient. I must have an engineering gene.
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