These days flowers have a hold of me and my schedule. With the cool weather it's time (and past time!) to think about the flowers that thrive for us mild season growers. Ranunculus are at the top of my list for a cool season focal flower. They are also (relatively!) easy to grow. Once you get a ranunculus corm started you are pretty much guaranteed to have an entire month of beautiful blooms starting in about 90 days. The other cool seasons plants I'm growing from seed (snapdragons, stock, corn cockle, statice, carnations, etc.) are nowhere near as dependable! All it takes is a couple hungry slugs and an overnight to mow down a row of tiny seedlings. Ranunculus don't have that issue! They are tough! Being in the ranunculaceae family means they share heritage with some fascinating plant poisons so perhaps that's way?
Regardless, grow some today! If you want fancy corms that make bigger flowers send me an email, I am a big of a plant and propagule (I love it every time I can use that word) hoarder. I'm hosting a pop-up shop on Saturday to help share my bounty.