This is one of our favorite reliable bulbs here. The leaves emerge in November or so, and give some needed greenery along the front of many flower beds until the flowers bloom in spring. Then we get rows of beautiful light blue blossoms.
These bulbs have multiplied profusely, they have been shared and divided many times. I love the aroma they emit when I pull weeds that try to live amongst these small plants.
Chionodoxa are lush in front of these bricks, they will be ready to divide in another year. As these bulbs grow too thick through the years, they get divided to edge another bed.
I have read that deer and animals are supposed to ignore these plants, probably because of their scent. The local animals have not read the same gardening book, as I always find some nibbles on the greenery.
Remembering the name of these cute little flowers, has always been a challenge for me. A search in a catalog of spring bulbs brings it back to mind.
While both of these oregano plants look similar in the photos they have big differences. The first photo is Greek oregano, which is low growing like a groundcover. When Mexican oregano comes into bloom, the flower stems shoot up over a foot high. While various bees like lavender and germander flowers, moths are especially attracted to the Mexican oregano. I remember catching these moths when I was a kid (it is not hard to pinch the wings together when they are fully open).
In the culinary field, low-growing Greek oregano seems to me to have a stronger aroma and potency. I recently acquired a small Italian oregano plant, that has yet to flower. Have not yet done a taste comparison with the three varieties of oregano either.
I like using all of the oregano plants in the landscape, as they have some strong assets, besides their good looks. They are deer and drought resistant. The flowers are a pretty addition to a summer bouquet, but not over-powering in their scent. While the Greek oregano flowers are good for very small vases, the Mexican variety is a nice accent for mid-size flower arrangements.