Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bulbs Have Arrived

This is two of the three boxes of bulbs that arrived last week in time for planting in the new garden beds. Because we can only naturalize bulbs that do not require a chill, I was somewhat limited to my selections. White daffodils, narcissus, alliums, and grape hyacinths for the Moonlight Garden are what are sleeping in these boxes.


Karen said...

I didn't know you could grow bulbs without a cold winter. Grape hyacinths are so cute, I love the little squeaky sound their petals (?) make when you rub them together. Happy planting, that looks like a good workout ahead!

Sylvia (England) said...

You have a lot of work planting all those. I have bulbs to plant this weekend as well.

I never considered that you need a cold winter for some bulbs to re-flower. Which ones can't you grow?

Best wishes Sylvia (England)

Sheila said...

Sylvia, we actually can grow any bulbs, we just have to put them in the refrigerator for six weeks before we plant ones that require a chill such as tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. They we have to consider them annuals because they won't return the following year. Even with the refrigerator method I don't think the bulbs are that reliable to give a good show so I don't even bother anymore.

Kathleen said...

Oh wow, you're going to be BUSY Sheila!! I can't wait to see your spring display. I still have a few to get in the ground too. I guess we'll all be planting this weekend!

Fern said...

Oooh. What kind of Alliums?

Sylvia (England) said...

Sheila, thank you for answering. I can't get Tulips to re-flower, they are notoriously difficult, and I am wondering if you have given me the answer. We are told to plant deeply, to stop them splitting into small bulbs, but no luck. As I only get mild frost the ground wouldn't get very cold, so no flowers? I also use tulips as annual flowers.

Hyacinths and crocus are easy for me and flower each year.

Thank you, best wishes Sylvia (England)