by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova


Today I got so many greetings for my birthday, that I must to hire the special person to reply everyone individually, so I use my homepage to express my greatest thanks to everyone who remembered about my 70.

In same time I want inform you that interest about my new Crocus book is very great and if sponsoring will continue on same speed and amount (most for 100-200,- Euros, several 500,- Eu donations and two for even 1000,- Euro) I hope to publish book for Christmas.

Many thanks to everyone!


Monday, 05 September 2016 16:42

Now I finished work on the manuscript of a new crocus book - The World of Crocuses. It is a résumé of my 50 years of work with Crocus, my researches on them in the wild and in the garden and it will be dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Latvian State, which will be celebrated in2018.

The new book will include chapters with general information and cultivation of crocuses, their morphology and keys for all species recognised at the moment of completion of the manuscript. The greatest part is dedicated to detailed information of the (in excess of) 230 known species of crocuses with details about their requirements in cultivation according to my experience. Almost all species (with very, very few exceptions) are supplied with distribution maps, richly illustrated with pictures from wild and cultivation. This new book will be more than 500 pages long and will include more than 1500 colour pictures. The species are arranged in alphabetical order, making it easy to find them without special searching by Index.

 The significance of this new book has been appreciated by Latvian Academy of Sciences and it will be published by the Academy. Publishing costs are quite high and the Latvian Academy is short of finances, so money to cover printing costs must be raised by myself. I can partly cover those from my savings, but I’m still short of 15,000 Euros.


Everyone who will donate at least 50 Euros (plus postage costs for delivery - 15,- Euro for Europe, 20,- for overseas) for the printing of this Monograph (more will be specially appreciated!) will receive a free copy of book, with the personally addressed signature of author. Everyone who will donate at least 500 Euros will be mentioned in the book’s Acknowledgments chapter with full information about donors, according to their wishes and will receive three signed copies without any additional payments.

To receive detailed information about sponsoring the project, please write to me via e-mail: janis.bulb@hawk.lv and you can see sample pages in internet Journal of Scottish Rock Garden Club - International Rock Gardening - opening link http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Aug251472126130IRG_August_80.pdf

Please consider getting involved with this project!

Many thanks!


Monday, 29 August 2016 07:02

Yesterday I finished with book-keeping and sent out invoices for still unpaid orders. We now started replanting and most of Colchicums and all Biarums, Eminiums are back in ground now. Tomorrow will go autumn blooming crocuses and we will start posting of inland orders.

Peonies in general will be posted starting from next week and in first week of September. They still remain under supervision of Liga but small bulbs are now back in my hands. I almost finished manuscript of new book and now I have more free time for bulbs.

In pots started blooming the first autumn crocuses - this year - Crocus suworovianus. Still are blooming Acis and few autumn cyclamens grown by me.

Friday, 19 August 2016 08:13



i would be interested in paeonia wendelboi and also the hybrid wendelboi X mlokosewitchii when and if you have that.


Kind regards


Peter Lunding

Sunday, 03 July 2016 09:55

Hello, Peter!

Yes, we have them.

You should fill the ordering form ( you can find in catalogue wendelboi X mlokosewitchii hybrid) and at notes please leave message that you want p.wendelboi too.



Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:25

Last night was summer solstice. We celebrated it together with folk group at bonfire starting with last rays of sun up to sunrise this morning. All the time we were singing folk-songs from pagan times greating sun, moon, garden crops etc. etc and dancing folk dances under music of old strings, bagpipes. It is named Janis day, although by nowadays calendar it will be only night between 23rd and 24th of June, but we celebrated it by nature calendar. In Latvia they still are holydays and there are maid special beer and special cheese - named Janis cheese. On picture Janis cheese prepared for me by my wife Guna.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016 18:16

imageLast Sunday we had "Peony Sunday" in our nursery with more than 600 visitors. We were very tired, but happy, too, for great interest. Janis lectured about wild peonies, there were concerto with songs about flowers where as artists were our granddaughter Paula with her friends, another lecture about peonies in cosmetic performed by Guna's eldest daughter Una etc. You can see some pictures from this wonderful day. There was small exhibition of peonies (in case if outside would be rainy weather), wonderfully bloomed waterlilies - we have around 80 varieties.


Thursday, 16 June 2016 18:33

Peonia species at field right now..

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:37

some anemone photo:

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:30

Spring has came very fast at Latvia. We have very warm wheather and a lot more job to do. So some photos- outside is narcisus blooming time, inside greenhouses alliums, geranium, trilliums, paeonia etc. Close ups: Paeonia ruprechtiana (it is first at outside field) and  P.wendelboi, P.rockii, P.tenuifolia (from Crimea).

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:22

At tulips blooming time there are no free time. So ,,little helpers,, came to help. It`s not my oldest daughters Paula time at flower pick-of time.

Monday, 02 May 2016 16:24

Crocus sublimis at field. Bees and bumblebees are happy.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:52

In our place still is Ice Age. Last night was +0,05 degrees. Nearby neighbors gardeners was snow 10 cm high. So I have some photos from garden and greenhouse from last week.

Keep in touch..

Chionodoxa gigantea, Corydalis glaucecens Early Beauty, Corydalis uniflora , Corydalis wendelboi white form

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:40

Fritillaria macedonica, yuminensis,hupehensis, tortifolia


Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:45

At spring gardeners time is flying.Everywhere Im looking is work work work...So the most time we are now outside not at computer. Today is raining- so here are few photos from our nursery at now.

Most marvelous view now are tulips. So bright! Names from left:

tulipa `Rīgas Barikādes`Fritillaria tortifolia from China , Iris orchoides x vicaria, Muscari armeniacum very beautiful form, Anemone nemorosa `Ice and Fire` , one more ,,treasure,, is white paeonia from Iran, and our finding at local forest is hepatica nobilis unbelievable form. 


Friday, 22 April 2016 06:41
Bertil Larsson

My garden is just marvellios today with all Corydalis solida in all variatins mostly comes from you especially the Penza strain has given many blue shadows.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:22

beautiful corydalis time at greenhouses has started...

Corydalis solida Crystal Palace, Beth Evans, Corall, Hot Lips, Zwanenburg, Jaroslavna, Zbraslav.


Monday, 04 April 2016 07:39

Basically want to emphasize I'm ecstatic I happened on your website! zlewozmywak .

Friday, 25 March 2016 22:20

Colchicum lagotis, Colchicum munzurense, Colchicum serpentinum, Colchicum triphyllum

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 11:47

While winter doesn't want to go away, our nursery joy are very nice new iris reticulata hybrids.  They are so different and many, so I could not refuse to put some photos here.  Isn`t they wonderful?

Friday, 11 March 2016 11:43

Greetings from snowy Latvia!

As You see- all around is still snow. But at greenhouses magics happens.. Crocuses are in first blooms. From left: Crocus baytopiorum, Cr.dalmaticus, Cr.hittiticus, Cr.nubigena, Cr.olivieri, Cr.sieberi, Cr.taseliensis.

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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 10:46

There`s always work in the garden.

While Janis is climbing out a greenhouse improvement- I`m taking photos of now blooming flowers.

Anemonella `Double Green` , Bellevalia pychantha `Green Pearl` , Eremurus lactiflorus, Geranium tuberosum, Narcisus `Freedom Stars` , Narcisus rupicola and Narcisus bulbocodium.

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Monday, 11 May 2015 07:40

Anemone nemorosa: Bowle`s Purple, Mart`s Blue, Denmark, Blue Eyes

Friday, 08 May 2015 08:41

Some blooming photos from Janis greenhouse treasures:

Anemone ranunculoides many different forms, Dicentra cucullaria `Pink Punk`, Erythronium `Sundisc`, Muscari macrocarpum `Golden Fragrance`, Oxalis laciniata `Sweet Sue`, Trillium grandiflora `Flore Plena`, Trillium grandiflora `Gothenburgs Pink`, Triteleia grandiflora.

Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:41

Best smiles and hello from our nursery - our small paradise! Theres flowering Madness- tulips, scilla, muscari, fritillaria, iris, corydalis etc etc..Due to inability to work I can not put a lot of pictures.. Just small peace let You to see the beauty!

From left: Hyacinthella lineata, Scilla bifolia alba, Hyacinthus chionophylus, Iris x Moonlight, Iris tubergiana, Puschkinia scilloide Aragats Gem, Iris wilmottiana Design Master, Tulipa humilis Odalisque.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:56

Fritillaria now at greenhouse is so beautiful!

Fritillaria strausii

Fritillaria eduardii flava

Fritillaria imperialis (this example is blooming first time!)

Fritillaria michailovskyi

Fritillaria olgae

Fritillaria sewercowii

Fritillaria stenanthera

Fritilaria `Vivaldi`


Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:11
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