Liatris spicata by frank wouters (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It's still too cold to get a lot of gardening done, but I decided that it's not so cold that I should worry about putting Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) corms into the ground.
Blazing Star (also known as Prairie Gay Feather) is a North American native that's been cultivated for home gardening. The corms look pretty fugly, like sad potatoes, but they'll produce tall, violet flower spikes in mid-to-late summer that are great nectar sources for all kinds of pollinators. If you're serious about attracting butterflies it's important to have nectar available year round - not just in the spring. Plant them 1-2" deep and 6-8" apart. As with all bulbs, make sure the growing tips are right side up.
NYC is due for below freezing temps again tonight...hopefully this will be the last frost till fall!