by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova

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,



Jānis - Monday, 05 May 2014 12:37

New garden week at Latvia  has started..with snow! And the weather is changing by the hours..Shining sun, rain, hail and even the rain. Parallel and cursed the wind does not work fine. These days we were replanting some fritillaria, collecting some seeds and check plantings. Even little helpers bees and others bugs and insects are not working, but resting. We wish parallel to the hard work you meet a moment to relax!

Jānis - Friday, 02 May 2014 06:10

These days the air temperature at day is about ten degrees above plus Celsius, but wind is unpleasant. At nights are some spring frosts. But at greenhouse is quite nice. We are collecting first seeds from corydalis and crocus. And still is full blooming from different bulbs. 

First row from left: Allium candoellanum, Allium hyalinum, Allium karataviense, Allium shatakiense.

Second row: Arum hygrophyllum, Camasia quamash, Eemurus lactiflorus, Fritilaria tortifolia

Third row: Fritillaria ruthenica, Fritillaria walujewi, Levisia Pinkie, Zigadenus paniculatus

Jānis - Thursday, 01 May 2014 07:08

Finally the rain has arrived! Not big, but all garden plants were very thirsty.

Yesterday I photographed some nice first flowers of oxalis seedlings.

At first row ( 4 photos) You can see Oxalis adenophylla seedlings and at second row- something new from Oxalis laciniata seedlings.

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Jānis - Tuesday, 29 April 2014 07:35

Some interesting plants has started to bloom. Allium paradoxum, Arum conophalloides caudatum, Eminium koenianum (do You know the smell of it?) and one nice Iris linifolia.


Jānis - Monday, 28 April 2014 07:51

Good morning garden friends!

We had wonderful weekend with many visitors at open door days. Thanks to them!People who are interested in flowers gave additional impetus to work on.Time becomes increasingly warmer and fast all in bloom.It seems that everything is in blooms, even Alliums are starting to bloom.And first Paeonia (tenuifolia) yesterday opened first floral. But most wonderful at now is Geraniums. Colors and smells are indescribable.

from left: Gerainum macrostylum, Geranium charlesii, Geranium kochii and Geranium transversale.

have a nice, colorful and powerful gardening week!


Jānis - Friday, 25 April 2014 08:58


At nursery the weather becames more and more nicer and to work it is a joy! As you can see - spring is coming... and green colour at Latvia nature has arrived.

We remind that open days is this week. Un fortunatly (or for pleasure) there have been some missunderstandigs between days and dates- so this year open days are saturday and sunday (26th and 27h of April). We will wait all visitors. Tours will be every hour.



Jānis - Thursday, 24 April 2014 13:04

Some new flower photos..

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Jānis - Monday, 21 April 2014 07:29

Anemone ranunculoides time.. Golden Dream, Joseph, Kassari, Kuu.

Sissi Zhang - Saturday, 19 April 2014 04:27

Dear Sir,

I am a bulbs fans and very interested in your Oxalis, their followes so beautiful!

Now I live in China and would like to buy some oxalis from you. Could you tell me When your most of oxalis can be available and can I pay by PAYPAL? 

Waitting for your reply, thanks.

Best regards,


Jānis - Monday, 21 April 2014 06:21

Dear Sissie,

Thanks for Your interest. Oxalis bulbs we are sending out at August. Unfortunately, You can not pay by Paypal, only by cash (euro) or with bank transfer. To send to Chine You need fitosertificate that costs 8.00 euro and postage&packing is 10.00.euro.


Have a nice day,


Jānis - Friday, 18 April 2014 11:18

sunny view from outside field


Jānis - Friday, 18 April 2014 10:10

Weather became more and more nicer and warmer. At our district is + 15. Its a joy to work.  At field are blooming corydalis, erythronium and some scilla. But at greenhouse is amazing variety of bulbs which are in full flowers. And Juno iris has started their season.Some Iris vicaria examples..