Smith County Master Gardener
Grand Primo is as old as time and very welcome addition during a very “blah” time of year. We have this wonderful old bulb (see photo) blooming right now in our Heritage and IDEA Gardens in the Tyler Rose Garden.
They are outstanding, standing there among dead leaves and the twigs of “sleeping” perennials.
Grand Primo forms clusters of small jonquil flowers, white on white. Often you can smell their heavy fragrance before you see them. Look for them around older homes as well in ditches all over East Texas.
My grandma cherished hers and I got my start from her. She had a huge patch of them outside her front yard. She had planted them so the prevailing south wind could blow the fragrance toward her front porch. She loved the smell. I love them too, but can’t abide them inside the house.
The smell is too strong for me. I love them outside where they stand nodding and blooming in my otherwise boring December landscape.
Bulbs are one of the best ways to achieve color without work and over a lifetime.
Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants growing inside Tyler Municipal Rose Garden.