Nothing says spring like a visit to Wave Hill when the thousands of glory-of-the-snow bulbs come into bloom, forming giant sweeps of the richest, deepest shade of blue imaginable.
This public garden in Riverdale has always been one of my favorites — small enough at 28 acres to fit into the Bronx but big enough to feel like you could be anywhere in the Hudson Valley.
The best spot to see these sweet little bulbs is the woodland slope to the west of Glyndor House, heading down toward the Hudson River.
At this time of year, you can really see the bones of the garden, and the views across the river to the rocky outcroppings of the Palisades are spectacular.
Known botanically as Chionodoxa sardensis, glory-of-the-snow blooms just after the pearly white snowdrops bulbs and about the same time as crocuses. In its native Turkey, it blooms through the snow.
Chionodoxa likes sun to part shade and looks particularly good when planted en masse (at least 50 bulbs) in woodland settings. It’s also a favorite of rock gardeners.
Plant the small perennial bulbs in fall, about 3 inches deep and 4 inches apart. They naturalize and spread very easily and require little or no maintenance once they’re in the ground.