by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova

Līga - Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:29

Some realy nice spring crocuses photos by Janis.

Crocus adamii from Iran, Crocus alatavicus Pink, Crocus alexandrii from Falakro, Crocus caricus,Crocus chrysanthus Sunspot seedlings, Crocus corsicus, Crocus danfordiae, Crocus fleischeri, Crocus nevadensis, Crocus nubigena, Crocus nubigena from Lesbos, Crocus roseoviolaceus.


Līga - Friday, 06 March 2015 11:24

Every day the weather becomes more and more nicer. It`s a joy to drive to work! ( Only bad mud roads are around..)
We are now drinking fresh maple sap from tree and working. Janis almost all time is at crocus greenhouses. As You see at photos-there`s a lot of beautiful and serious work to do.

Līga - Thursday, 05 March 2015 13:17

Spring crocuses are blooming.

It was big surprise this morning- snow was coming again. But other bigger surprise was to visit one of Janis greenhouses- where in full blooms are crocuses. So wonderful view and the smell from flowers are better than any perfume. More photos I will put in one of the next days.





Līga - Wednesday, 04 March 2015 09:50

Welcome to March!

The garden season has started!These previous months Liga have worked with home page, Gunas katalogue, with customers orders and Janis have traveled a lot- he is still working at his new book. From this I hope to inform you more often on the garden newsletter.

At our country almost all the snow is melted and bulbs wakes up. At new replaced greenhouse first rosenbackiana irises has flowered:

Iris rosenbackiana Tovij Dara, Iris rosenbackiana Vahsh, Iris rosenbackiana Varzob and at last photo is my junior assistant cat near Iris rosenbackiana Vahsh.

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Jacek - Friday, 02 January 2015 22:37

Janis and Liga,


Do you already plan the date of open doors at your nursery 2015? Would be nice to plan a nice weekend in Riga coupled with the guided tour at your place.

Jānis - Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:01

Here started real winter. We have minus degrees outside and some minor snow, too. We started work on new catalogue. It will be published in January (I hope). I was forced to delete last years offer because started coming of new orders by old list but our lists are renewed every year for around 20-30%, many items are sold up to very few remaining stock and will be needed years to rise them back again. Especially it concerns to Paeonia wendelboi. The request for it was so great that we even sold some splittings of mother plants. They all were divided this year and we every year are sawing seeds, but seedlings develops slowly. So you must wait.

Jānis - Friday, 25 July 2014 07:33

The time at summer is running..We have finished to harvest bulbs and soon the first packs with bulbs will go to their customers! The weather is very hot, and it is not easy to work. But some bulbs are blooming even at such hot weather.

Acis autumnale, Colchicum kotschyi, Prospero autumnale.

Ian Hodgson - Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:07

Dear Janis;

     Would it be possible to obtain a signed copy of one of your books?


All best wishes,




Jānis - Friday, 25 July 2014 11:00

Yes, I still have few copies of both. Write me personally to janis.bulb@hawk.lv

Jimm Beechey - Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:48


Just wondering if you will have any more Paeonia wendelboi in future seasons?

Many thanks

Jim Beechey

Jānis - Friday, 25 July 2014 10:59

Sorry, not checked GARDEN NEWS in last days.

Not in following two years, but later I hope that yes.

Jānis - Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:35

But after solstice festival and holidays- back to work! Liga are harvesting Juno Iris and Janis is working with crocuses. And as you see at photo- the big one greenhouse is partly empty.

Jānis - Tuesday, 24 June 2014 07:39

We passed shortest night of year. In Latvia it is greatest Folk-festival of year, more important than Christmas. Traditionally we are making special home-made soft cheese (named Janis cheese) and drinking beer near fireplace in garden or on nature. By traditions you don't must sleep this night and wait for the first sunshine coming morning, all the night singing special folksongs decided for this night. Janis is wearing crown from oak leaves, girls - from wild flowers. The crowns are kept up to following year's Festival and then burnt in fire. This year we were only two because our children went to their husbands families for celebration, but it was nice evening regardless of very cold weather. In some spots of Latvia children were even playing with snowballs.

On pictures - Janis with Guna and fire made on small meadow near our nursery. On one picture Guna is placing old crowns in fire.

Jānis - Thursday, 12 June 2014 08:06


Singing at peonies field.
This week was filmed for television broadcast about peonies and Straupes choir, where Janis is singing. It was very interesting view- to bringing the piano in the garden and everyone sang. Splendid!

At the second photo, first from left is my mother and Janis wife Guna Rukšāns. She and Janis are wearing an ancient folk. And at the last photo you can find Janis as well.

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Jānis - Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:05

Latest news from bee apiary! Janis right now is catching two new bee swarms. I think soon he will have more bees than bulbs. [Just for smile.]

Jānis - Wednesday, 11 June 2014 04:24

Pretty nice weather is at our nursery. Sun, wind and average +20 degrees (celsius). There are just some few bloomers, but at Ligas place peonies are starting their big booming season.
All these weeks we are harvesting bulbs. A lot work to do..And a very few to take some new photos.

First row from left: Allium amplectens, Allium cardiostemon, Allium chrysantheum, Allium litwinovii . Second row: Allium oreophilum, Allium toulumnense, Arisema candidissima, Dichelostemma congestum, Third row: Lilium szowitsianum, Lilium akkusianum, Nomocharis forrestii and Ostrowskia magnifica.

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Jānis - Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:30

Beautiful and elegant delphiniumnow delights in the greenhouse. Delphinium biternatum, Delphinium sp. BATM,Delphinium sp. White Caucas, Delphinium sp. WHIR and overview

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Jānis - Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:03

Working process...

At greenhause its about +38 degrees. At hot days we are starting to work at 6 am. And today almoust all arums are in boxes.


Jānis - Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:30

Very busy busy  weeks by harvesting at greenhouses tulips, crocus, iris, corydalis, arums etc. And at photos some late bloomers: Alliums, Allium x Silverspring, Fritillaria camtschatcensis dwarf, Fritillaria camtschatcensis lutea, Iris cycoglossa, Lilium sachalinense, Muscari massayanum, Narcissus radiiflorus.


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Jānis - Sunday, 25 May 2014 14:52

These were very interesting days at nursery. Janis caught two bee swarm, at tulips we
found two wagtail nests with eggs and met a moose next to a greenhous. 

Jānis - Sunday, 25 May 2014 10:45

Paeonia `Claire de Lune`, Paeonia `Early Scout`, Paeonia emodi and Paeonia Rosea Plena

Jānis - Thursday, 22 May 2014 07:05

While Janis ir busy catching new bee swarm I`m digging first bulbs off reticulata iris. But at Gunas garden paeonia species is blooming. At photos: Paeonia mascula triternata, Paeonia wendelboi, Paeonia wittmanniana and little flower admirer Juna.

Jānis - Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:22
time flies fly by, especcialy at garden. Despite large heat (yesterday were achieved all heat records of this month) we started to harvest first crocuses and some tulips. Today rains, but tomorrow the heat will be back.
At greenhause are blooming very beautiful Iris, Muscari, Alliums, Eremurus, Fritiilaria and some other bulbs. Few days ago I took photos of Iris.
First row from left: three different Iris arilbred and Iris bicapitata
Second:Iris cycogloss and two different Iris hoogiana and iris pumila
Third row: Iris schatchii, Iris stolonifera, Iris x Afrosiab and Iris x Anacrusis

Jānis - Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:42

Sun is back! Im so happy to work while sun shines. Its very colourful at Gunas Ruksanes nursery. As You can see- daffodils and tulips are in full blooms. It`s wonderful view.
Today I was working with sowing the eranthis seeds in wo different ways- lets see after years best results... And more time I was spending with oxalis. We have a lot of oxalis seedlings. Next days I will put some photos of new oxalis- wich I have
chosen to continue to grow.

Jānis - Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:46

soon soon the peonies will start to bloom..Big buds shows the upcoming beauty in the garden. Paeonia wendelboi, Paeonia mascula, paeonia parnassica

Jānis - Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:58

News from greenhouse-now blooms first row from left:

Allium howelii, Allium oreophilum, Arisaema serratum, Asphodeline lutea.

Send row:Bellevalia, Muscari massayanum, one exellent Muscari pallens,  Muscari polyanthum Album.


Jānis - Tuesday, 13 May 2014 07:00

Good morning garden friends!Last week flew fly by..And the new one has started with rains and fog, but the air temperature is optimal, plus an average of 10 degrees. Janis has left me alone and went to Holland and Czech Republic to meet some other gardeners. I will made inquiries and do seed plantings, replanting some fritillaria which are not well-grown, make some pollination of muscari and certainly will take photos of new flowering plants.

Now all Latvia are in full blooms. Cherry, plums,chestnuts and others blooming trees makes the air fresh and fragrant. Here you can see the cherry blossoms at our nursery. Later I will put some new photos of blooming bulbs.

I wish you all the successful work week,