Bulb Planting and An Interview with Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

I woke up at 4 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep because all I could think about was the weather forecast showing I had until 2 p.m. ET when the rain would begin and the cold winter weather would be be moving into my neck of the woods.  Here comes #astro to my garden. I had from sunrise till 2 p.m. ET to get 300 bulbs in the ground and I did it!

Ready – Set – Plant

Before heading out to the garden I had my favorite tools which include a hand fork, hand shovel and bulb planter.  I like to dump the bulbs out of the storage bags and into a basket so I can inspect the bulbs before planting.  The soil is pretty dry this time of year so I was sure to wear my gardening gloves for adding mulch after the bulbs are planted.

Limelight Row

Newly Planted Limelight Shrubs

I planted 100 large daffidill bulbs in the new landscape area where the Limelight Hydrangea was planted in late September.  Not a fan of those yard reflectors but I will be adding a few along the stone and landscape so visiting guest don’t miss the driveway and run over my hydrangeas.  I think the shrubs will do better on their own in a few years judging by the size of my other shrubs that are over five years old in my other gardens.

Tips on Planting

  • Be sure to dig a big enough hole – follow directions on breeders website or package.
  • Mulch the area you planted well.
  • WATER …. bulbs can dry out if you don’t have a wet autumn season causing them to die.
  • No need to rush when planting.  You can plant bulbs until the ground freezes.  In my area ( hardiness zone 5b) that is usually in late December.

Hiding the Tulips

Over the years I’ve learned to plant spring bulbs next to perennials that will hide plant as it dies back in late spring / early summer. These are miniature doubling tulips that I planted under the plumbago ground cover.  This will be a perfect addition because these tulips will be done blooming by the time the plumbago starts to show new growth in late May.

bulbs - so darn pretty
Bulbs – They are just so darn pretty!

I’m Growing Puppies

on my desk
On my desk during the Google Hangout presentation

Fellow Gardener Adam Cortell and I have teamed up to present Garden Chatter every week on Google. This week we interviewed Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. I learned how to grow puppies…. watch the video you and learn how to grow them too!

Brent and Becky’s Interview on Garden Chatter 11/11/2014

During the presentation we learned about growing bulbs in the spring, forcing them in the winter, what to look for in a bulb you are purchasing and more. Brent even helped me out with some questions about getting Amaryllis to re-bloom.  I hope you enjoyed the video!

 

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