Planting Paperwhites and Amaryllis Bulbs in Recycled Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 21, 2014 12:10:00 PM

I have a friend who always brings such nice hostess gifts when she comes for dinner. Nothing expensive, just a little something and usually homemade. Last time she brought a small bundle of dried beans, still in their pods and tied together with raffia.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

6 Tips for Growing Paperwhites

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 14, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Where I live, winter is long and having fresh flowers around the house helps keep me sane. I love their beauty and fragrance, but it’s their aliveness that really feeds my soul. And that’s what I like best about paperwhites. For me, their succulent, spring green leaves are just as alluring as the flowers. And when the flowers do open, they have a freshness you can't get with cut flowers.

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Topics: Indoor Bulbs

Adventures in Late Fall Bulb Planting

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Every year I say I’m going to plant bulbs early enough in the fall season so that my fingers are not freezing off as I’m planting bulbs in the soil. Last year I had high hopes, but come November 1 I still had not gottten around to planting due to a combination of busy work days and busy mom nights. By the weekend of Thanksgiving we were looking at temps that were freezing the soil here in the upper midwest and snow starting to stick on the ground. I knew I’d be in a chilly situation despite my best intentions.

If you haven’t planted yet, no worries! You still have time! There are a couple of extra supplies you’ll need including 1) a warm coat and 2) a hot cup of your favorite beverage of choice. 

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Spring Bulbs in Zones 8-10? Yes!

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 4, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Nothing says spring like a colorful bed of tulips or daffodils. That's true even in warm climates, where winters are mild and there's rarely a frost.

But spring-blooming bulbs are native to cold climates, and if the bulbs aren't exposed to a few months of wintery temperatures, the flowers don't develop properly. Gardeners in zones 8-10 need to trick these bulbs into blooming by putting them through an artificial winter before they get planted.

This chilling period means keeping the bulbs at 35 to 45°F for between 12 and 20 weeks. The length of time depends on the type of flower bulb. Cold temperatures cause a bio-chemical response inside the bulb that “turns on” flower formation and initiates root growth. Without a chilling period, the bulbs may try to bloom, but their stems will be short and the blossoms malformed.

If you live in zones 8-10, the best time to start chilling your spring bulbs is in the fall, right after you receive them. To learn more about pre-chilling bulbs and which ones work best, read our new article: How to Grow Spring Bulbs in Warm Climates.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, Tulips

Landscaping With Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 31, 2014 12:10:00 PM

It's amazing how a bed of tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs can transform an ordinary yard or garden into a showplace that’s the talk of the neighborhood. These cheery flowers have a big impact, and they're in full bloom when winter-weary eyes need them most (and other landscape plants are still asleep).

Spring bulbs are tough and dependable. They aren't fazed by cold weather, are not fussy about soil, and are happy to grow in sun or shade. Best of all, they require almost no care. Just plant them in the fall and look forward to an incredible burst of spring color.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers, daffodils

What to Plant Now: Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 24, 2014 12:10:00 PM

If only have room for one type of tulip in your garden, it should be a Darwin Hybrid. Worldwide, they are the most popular of all tulips and it’s easy to see why.

Darwin Hybrids are big, burly tulips. Their blossoms typically measure 4 to 5” across and have that classic tulip shape: wide at the base with a broad cup and narrower top. The flowers come in a rainbow of rich, saturated colors that range from white through yellow, orange, red, pink and several stunning bi-colors.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Tulips

Make Way for Daffodils

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 20, 2014 12:10:00 PM

There are thousands of varieties of daffodils, each with its own unique shape, color, size and personality. The American Daffodil Society has classified this big world of daffodils into 13 different divisions. There's no need for you to know which daffodils belong to which division – unless you’re a botanist or daffodil collector. But seeing the full range of possibilities is bound to inspire you. There's always room for more daffodils!

Check out our slide show and more than 30 different varieties of daffodils -- available for shipping and ready for planting right now.

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Topics: daffodils

Protecting Gardens from Deer

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 14, 2014 12:45:00 PM

After waiting for months to my see tulips bloom, it's both heartbreaking and infuriating to have them mowed down by deer. But when deer populations are high, and the deer are really hungry, as they are in the spring, gardeners have to be one step ahead.

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Flamboyant Parrot Tulips

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 10, 2014 12:10:00 PM

There's nothing shy about parrot tulips. These extroverted spring flowers beg to be admired up close. Their fanciful petals are an over-the-top collection of fringe, ruffles, puckers and dimples, which gives the flowers lots of texture and volume. And, as the blossoms mature, their petals gradually twist and turn, so each flower develops its own unique personality.

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Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs, Spring Blooming Flowers

Fragrant Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Oct 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM

To banish memories of cold, grey winter days, there's nothing more effective than the rainbow colors of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Add some fragrant bulbs and your spring garden becomes twice as delightful!

Which spring-blooming bulbs smell the best? Hyacinths and daffodils top the list, followed by muscari and tulips. Since some varieties are more fragrant than others, we've put together a slide show that makes it easy for you to choose the most fragrant ones -- many of which you'll find right on our website. Here's a link to the slide show: Fragrant Spring Blooming Bulbs.

Shown in the photo are sweet-smelling Tulip Princess Irene and Muscari armeniacum

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