by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova


Different Anemone blanda


Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:00

Open door day is coming. We are ready and in full flowering is amazing.This spring 27-th of April You can visit our nursery and see a lot of variability blooming bulbs.

image    Nursery from bird's view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZJBgewSSRI

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:20

Jānis is back from his trip to Armenia, but still is very busy working with new articles, making plant herbarium and doing other serious botanical works. I can only catch he at some small moments to ask some specifically questions about plants. There is a lot of work to do, but a lot of joy of flowers too.Still is very windy and temperature at day is average five degrees Celsius above. But meteorologists promise, that at weekend (when is Easter) will be +20.I hope we will have wonderful Easter.

First anemone has begun to bloom.

From left: Anemone nemorosa white,Anemone rossii, Anemone nemorosa Dee day, Anemone x seemanii, Anemone ranunculoides Rosi, Anemone ranunculoides Hiumaa, Anemone jeniseejensis, Anemone coerulea.

to successful gardening week,


Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:15

Muscari is blooming


Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:03

All the little creatures of God.

Sometimes when I am taking photos of flowers some little creatures prevents my attention. I know that Janis thinks that they are worthless flower photo..but I don't think so. They are so beautiful as flowers. Today I finished to organize latest photo albums and have found some nice pictures with bees, flees,
bumblebees, butterflies and frogs. Have a nice day! Liga

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:03

Tulips has started their flowering season at greenhouses.

Tulipa kaufmanniana Pārsteigums , Tulipa praestans Unicum, Tulipa sogdiana and Tulipa vvedenskyi Honeymoon.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:49

...and few new photos of beautiful muscari different species and forms. From left side - Muscari anatolicum, Muscari azureum, Muscari discolor susage form and Muscari turcicum

Monday, 07 April 2014 07:12

Good morning garden friends!

While Janis is at his trip to Armenia I`m working alone at greenhouses and will write some garden news at our nursery. All last week was unpleasant weather- fog, wind axis and low temperatures etc. Today temperature is only +4 C. But flowers inside is still blooming. Here are some nice hepatica pics.

Hepatica nobilis Alba, Hepatica nobilis Pink, Hepatica nobilis  Red and Hepatica nobilis Zilgme.

Have a nice day,


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Monday, 07 April 2014 06:23

Here are some close-ups from Corydalis solida `Bilbo` , `Cantata`, `Elrond` and `Rivendell`



Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:01

wonderful Corydalis solida is blooming while outside of a greenhouse is snowing.




Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:35

After very long interruption I return to garden news. Was extremely busy with many jobs in garden and with social activities. So now some delayed pictures taken around month ago showing crocuses in comercial part of nursery supervised by Liga. Here Crocus atticus and further C. tauricus.

Monday, 31 March 2014 13:23
Ron Mudd


Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:59

Yesterday almost finished harvesting of bulbs. It means large stocks for catalogue. Some plants disappointed me - especially few stocks of Corydalis were completely eaten by rodents, same fate had some Erythronium - fortunately only one from listed in catalogue, many tulips and a lot of outside grown crocuses.

Now I started repotting crocus collection. Yesterday finished with pallasii and cancellatus group + some pots with species from Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. Most grew excellently only ochroleucus was poor. I hope to start despatching of orders next week.

Started blooming of Colchicum parnassicum repotted two weeks ago and Colchicum kotschyi blooms now in boxes. Those two impossible to despatch without flowers, may be it is reason why those beauties are so rarely offered by nurseries. Pictures I will show later but now you can watch my nursery from top - friends of my son in law bring here haxacopter who recorded from top my house, bee garden, buckweet field (for bees) and spots in garden covered by black plastic film for new plantings, although we more and more tend to replace growing to conteiners for protection against rodents.

You can follow this link to see my nursery from top: 



Saturday, 20 July 2013 07:10

Full month passed since my last entry. There are so much to do in nursery, weather is horribly hot and when I return from nursery I'm so tired that I haven't power to work at computer. Now I'm getting up in 4 o'clock in morning to use some cool hours for working in greenhouse and after that in bulb shed and on field. Temperature is well abowe + 20 C (up to 28) and I hate such hot.

Just returned from very succesful trip from Macedonia (former Yugoslavian Republic) where I looked for some crocuses. Found everything for what I was looking. Report about this trip you can read on Scotish Rock Garden Club Crocus Forum pages. I will not repeat it here.

Shocking news found in bulb shed today. Colchicum parnassicum usually is early blooming species and allways bloom in boxes - usually at end of July. Today chacking boxes I found two stocks of Colchicum parnassicum with large new flowerbuds coming out. Incredible! It is only June !

The last news is publishing by AGS bulletin seven new Crocus taxa described by me from Balcans (Greece) and Turkey.

Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:27

Still are blooming somer Muscari - here two forms of Muscari massayanum - the first comes from late Jim Archibald, another I collected by myself during BATM trip with Gothenburg BG. The last picture is of very nice but unidentified Leopoldia from Iran (WHIR). Unfortunately I lost its number and so I don't know exactly where I collected it.


Thursday, 23 May 2013 17:25

I started harvestiong of Crocuses. The first to harvest are CC. suworovianus, gilanicus, autranii, cappadocicus. Crop is excellent, they grew very well. Paralelly I'm harvesting Tulips, too. There bulbs could be larger. I think problem was in returning frost when many bulbs continued growing and even started blooming below replaced cover.

In same time many nice bulbs are blooming, too. In greenhouse phantastical looks bed with Eremurus himalaicus. Just at end of blooming is Eremurus cristatus. Very nice is unidentified Eremurus grown from seeds collected by Jim Archibald in Kazahstan. It has quite narrow soft green leaves. And the last one is picture of Eremurus lactiflorus.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 17:20

Some more seedlings of Oxalis laciniata - #83, #205, #214, #217


Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:59

Quite long time passed since my last information by garden news. I started harvesting of bulbs and the first ones were greenhouse grown Corydalis and then followed crocuses and frits roots of which were damaged last winter. I don't understand reason. From frits suffered just the easiest species and most difficult alive without problems. My experience shows that in such cases early harvesting is quite essential. Completely lost were only very few pots, so I hope that total damage will not be very painful.

I'm harwesting Crocus seeds, too. The first to ripe as allways are C. capadicicus and C. suworovianus.

But blooming still continue, too. So many pictures are maid, that in this entry only few most interesting. On first picture tubers of Corydalis magadanica. Then phantastic Paeonia from Iran - following Gothenburg BG I name it now as Paeonia iranica. For the first time with me flowers Oxalis loricata. And last pictyure - Oxalis laciniata seedling #69. I have more than 200 selected seedlings - of course far too much and Liga now is selecting the best ones.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 04:48

Yesterday I cleaned my bulb beds in outside garden. On attached pictures you can see remnants of Crocus shoots after rodent visit and a little further I found huge deposit with Crocus, Corydalis, Erythronium bulbs. But bulbs are blooming and just now with one week delay is culmination of Corydalis blooming. Empty spots on bed remained after rodent visit. Last days are very warm and many animals awake from winter sleep. My bee garden was visited by this viper quickly escaping in shrubs from me. But I like snakes - they are enemies of rodents!

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 08:36

In this entry some Muscari - the first is M. anatolicum, then M. botryoides CARNEA - very old cultivar but almost lost up to rediscovering of it by Sulev Savisaar in some Estonian garden; follows M. azureum and then M. polyanthum SNOW QUEEN - selected by me from material originally gathered in Turkey.

Saturday, 04 May 2013 05:50

Weather nicely changed. We still have night frosts but they are not very hard and next weak is forecasted even + 25 C. I must hardly look for adequate watering of plants grown in greenhouse. Large leaves, high temperature + strong wind in last days are forcing evaporation and plants loose water very quickly. My indicator plants are Chinese anemones. They loose water very quickly and they allways show me that I must water pot grown plants. Now I'm showing few Anemone nemorosa and A. ranuncoloides cultivars: The first is EXPLOSION selected in Norway and quite variable in flower colour but very nice in each expression. After that nice cultivar ICE AND FIRE with very light pink flush over petals inside. Usually pink is more expressed on outside, but this one has pink shade on inside, too. And last nemorosa is cv. KASSARI with very large flowers of beautiful shape. Last one is unusual ranunculoides cultivar STAR- both selected by Taavi Tuulik from Hiumaa.

Saturday, 04 May 2013 05:46

I mentioned Tulipa behmiana. Its buds are distinctly pendant, on second picture closed flower, but how it looks when flower is opened I showed before 2 days together with yellow form of Tulipa albertii, but here red form of this species. I very like tulip named by Russian botanists Tulipa ophiophylla from Ukraina. It is regarded as sinonim of Tulipa sylvestris by other botanists, but at least my samples looks very different and it belongs to one of my most loved species.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:39

Here Tulipa heteropetala, collected last spring in Kazahstan, then just recently described species Tulipa kolbintsevii - it is named by our Kazahstan trip guide Vladimir Kolbintsev and easy identifiable by its very long neck of covering sheets. Similar has Tulipa behmiana. Another with long neck was described by Vvedenskyi from very S of Tadjikistan and named T. prolongata, but it is unknown in cultivation, so impossible to compare with T. kolbintsevii. Follow another new-comer - Tulipa lemmersii and as last one - Tulipa talievii - again from our last Kazahstan trip.


Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:11

It is culmination of Tulip blooming in greenhouse - Tulipa armena from Iran; then Tulipa fosteriana cv. Mrs. Dagnia - was found during my second mountain trip to Central Asia near Agalik in Uzbekistan; Tulipa polychroma - my gathering in Iran and as last Tulipa eichleri (origin unknown, I think it came from Tbilisi botanical garden when I was student, but I'm not certain about this - too difficult to find now.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 07:03

Now few different - Iris kuschakewiczii from most Eastern population in Kazahstan, then Puschkinia pashmenii - whitish form from near lake Van in E Turkey, Scilla gorgonica from Iran and as last Fritillaria collina from Vanadzor in Armenia (got with help of Zhirair).


Tuesday, 30 April 2013 06:57
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