by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova

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..

Jānis - Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:41

...some else pictures from bulbs, which are blooming wright now. If You are interested of specific names-please ask!!


Ronald - Friday, 18 April 2014 14:45

I'm enjoying your 'Garden News' very much Liga. What is the species name of the Muscari (?) at the top left of this message please?

Jānis - Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:55

Good morning garden friends!Wheather is getting warmer and finer. Yesterday I verified field crops and corydalis.Unfortunately some bulb beds are empty, probably at winter there have worked some mice or rats.But the bad mood improves bright tulips which You can see here. From left: Tulipa fosteriana Red Lighthouse, Tulipa fosteriana
Riga Barricades, Tulipa humilis China Coral and Tulipa kolpakowskiana. 


Jānis - Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:00

Different Anemone blanda


Jānis - Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:20

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

Jānis - Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:15

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,


Jānis - Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:03

Muscari is blooming


Jānis - Wednesday, 09 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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Jānis - Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:49

Tulips has started their flowering season at greenhouses.

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

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Jānis - Monday, 07 April 2014 07:12

...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

Jānis - Monday, 07 April 2014 06:23

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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Jānis - Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:01

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



Jānis - Wednesday, 02 April 2014 07:35

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




Jānis - Monday, 31 March 2014 13:23

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.

Ron Mudd - Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:59


Jānis - Saturday, 20 July 2013 07:10

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: 



Jānis - Sunday, 23 June 2013 14:27

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.

Jānis - Thursday, 23 May 2013 17:25

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.