Friday, December 3, 2010
a two year program
Biennials are one of those "concepts" that make gardeners sound a bit like magician-scientists to non gardeners. Even the whole annual and perennial thing smells like a mystery to the indifferent masses. But simply put, they are like a master's degree program: the first season, they sit around getting acclimated (growing foliage) and then they spend the next year trying to show off (this clump will exit via a flowering spike in late spring). After that they wilt (move in with their parents).