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Who has started planting? Who has finished planting?

Posted by chemocurl zone 5/6 S IN (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 20, 09 at 16:30

Who is just now starting to think about starting to plant?

I have not started planting yet as I want to log things and have some semblance of order to what I plant and where. Today I scoped out some planting areas in the front yard woods which will be ideal for so many new daffodils, though there is some clearing that needs done first.

I think I might be hard pressed to find good places for all of them as they are all named cultivars I have acquired this year, and I for sure don't want to lose the names to any of them. Since there is a good chance my puppy will pull up some above ground labels, I plan to also bury a label as well as make a map of the planting areas too.

I figure by the time I get them all sorted and logged, I'm going to be quite overwhelmed by how many I have amassed. Did anyone else go overboard (as usual) in buying spring flowering bulbs? Please tell me I am not the only one.

Linnea56, if you haven't started yet, I'd suggest you get after it now. I know you and I are usually 2 folks that are stressing to get the last ones planted before the ground freezes on us.

Sue


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My husband mowed my labels down. I am planting another hundred daffodils along the drive way. I am trying to line our driveway with different daffodils. I labeled last year and then my husband mowed them down when he mowed down the dry daffodil's leaves. I also have crocus but I plant then in bowels because of gophers. I didn't have money to go over board this year.


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Well, I WAS done, until I spied the sale of narcissus at Brent and Becky's lol! Now I have just a few daffs coming in a couple of days to plant. Then, finally, (yeah right) I'll be done! lol


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I am officially done, (maybe, depends what Van Engelen puts on the Nov. sale) Monday, I received my last bulbs and got them in. This fall I went a little 'light' on the bulbs. I put in 200 muscari, 25 hyacinth and 160 daffs. Oh and I put in 3 giant allium (pinball wizard) never had any and wanted to try them. Monday was the lilly delivery, I had ordered just 25, asiatic, and oriental. Everything is in. It's a good feeling. I mark my beds late spring using colored golf tees, where there is room between the daff foliage and the emerging daylilies, so I know where I can plant in the fall, I still have some golf tees in the ground!! Here is a pic of the muscari, ready to go in. Cindy
muscari ready to go 09


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I am still planting bulbs. The ground froze slightly last week so I am waiting for better weather. I am using a package of "deer resistant" bulbs , bought on sale, to protect my tulip bulbs from the squirrels. I layer the bulbs with the tulip bulbs planted deepest. The narcissus probably won't have time to root properly, but they will discourage the squirrels. They likely will flower the following year.


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I won't be planting my bulbs until November as I think that is the required time here in NC. I have to wait until it is cold enough. This is only my second winter in NC, and my first one with any flowers besides roses and mums.

My biggest deal was not realizing that a lot of spring bulbs won't perennialize here, especially tulips. Apparently, there are only certain kinds that do well here. Tulips are my faves. Next year I want to try the species tulips.

I have 75 double daffodils to plant (all sorted by species), 16 Jetfire Daffodils, 60 crocus, 60 muscari, 20 Dutch Iris, 20 Hyacinth, and 200 Tulips to plant.

I plan on heading to my local Lowe's on Friday in hopes of picking up some more Dutch Iris.

I am still planting perennials with more on the way so I can definetly wait for bulb planting. Already, I am pooped out on planting. I spent 3 hrs planting 40 TB Irises from Schreiners.

Danielle


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Well, I thought I was done! I just purchased 48 large crocus bulbs. I just wanted more really early flowering bulbs. The people that lived here previously had planted just a handful of crocus that came up this spring to my amazement and I thought "gee, I wouldn't mind some more of those" lol It gives the yard a very much needed welcome to spring around the corner look when you really need it! lol


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I've gone a bit overboard this year on bulbs. My excuse is that in our drought-stricken area (Southern California) the ones I plant get most of their water from winter rain, can handle dry summers (some require summer baking), and thus don't require much extra irrigation.

I planted my South African bulbs in September, Lachenalia 6, Geissorhiza radians 4, Babiana rubrocyanea 5, Polyxena corymbosa 5, Sparaxis bulbifera 6, Watsonia humilis 3. Most are in the ground, some in pots.

I've planted some fall blooming bulbs: Sternbergia lutea 24, Crocus 20 (species that have some possibility of coming back in my zone). The Sternbergia are already starting to bloom.

I just got an email from Brent and Beckys saying that my 30 daffodils and 20 Hyacinthoides are on their way. I hope it will rain soon. Climatewise I could plant them now, but it's hard to dig in dirt that has seen no water for 6 months.

I just put 150 tulips in the refrigerator where they will stay for 10 weeks. These will be annuals for me. I also have a few hyacinths that I planted last year that I'm trying to rechill. My husband isn't allowed to put apples or bananas in the refrigerator until the tulips are planted!



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Sigh, I have not gotten one bulb into the ground yet. I received an order a week ago that is still waiting to go in, a package of daffs arrived yesterday and an email today that B&B has sent my order, arriving today. For some reason I am dragging my feet about planting them. Why do I dislike planting bulbs more than a potted plant? Doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it is because there are so many of them? [g]

I have the perfect opportunity to do them today, so I better get cracking. It's only a small amount compared to some of you.

I did want to ask, since some of you really plant a LOT of spring bulbs, do you have any favorite ways of disguising the dying foliage? I am always looking for a new idea.

Thanks


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I still have yet to figure that one out too prairiemoon! I am really pretty new to bulbs and planted them at the front of a bed or two last year, and only now figured out that I should have thought of planting a little further back and stuck something in there to hide the foilage! lol Right now I have some daylilies I planted there to help hide the foilage when it comes up next spring.


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I only have one area where I've been successful hiding the dying foliage, but in my climate zone and that area it works very well.

I have a patch of trailing lantana and daffodils. I start checking in November, and when the daffodils start to poke through the ground, I chop back the lantana (almost to the ground - it comes back). The daffodils grow and bloom then the lantana recovers in time to tuck the dying daffodil leaves underneath.


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kentstar, I've done that before, planted at the front of the border. [g] I really dislike the dying foliage enough, that I might stop planting bulbs if I couldn't find a way to disguise it. Daffodil foliage stays around still green into late June in my garden. Maybe in part because I have mostly part sun and maybe the foliage cures slower?

I have one patch of daffodils 2/3 of the way back in a border, with echinacea planted in front of it. That is fairly successful, but it takes awhile before it fills in enough. This year I just planted daffodils behind an Iris patch which is behind phlox subulata, in among verbascum and columbine. I'm not sure that is going to do it or not, but, we'll see.

Socalgal, I like your idea about lantana. I can't grow it as a perennial here, but I have been planning on adding a low growing annual to the front of my border for the summer and I love lantana.

I managed to get the first box of daffodils planted yesterday and when my B&B order arrived, I had forgotten I ordered 30 more daffodils when they went on sale. [g] Hope to get those in the ground today. It's going to rain on Saturday.

Do you water in your bulbs after you plant them or leave them for the next rain?

pm2


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My daffs took till the end of July this year before they were sufficiently yellowed to clip them off! The miniatures I don't really mind but the taller ones foilage is a pain to wait on. So, I bought more minis this fall to plant instead of taller ones.


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kentstar, I was just guessing about when my foliage died and staying with a conservative estimate, but I wouldn't be surprised if mine were still around in July. I did the same thing, I bought more minis this year.


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Oh, my goodness! I click on your thread and there is my name! I guess my proclivities are known to you! Can you see me blushing?

I am always hoping for Indian summer to plant my bulbs, though I think we might have already had it last weekend, when it was actually sunny, and I chose to go to Starved Rock and go hiking with family instead. So I have no one to blame but myself if I am caught out.

I bought a bunch of exotic lilies at my lily society sale last Saturday, and daffodils by the handful at their sale, same time, same place. Not to mention the tulips and crocuses bought on sale at Menards 2 weeks ago, and the tulips bought at HD (still full pricesigh) to fill out the color scheme decided upon at Menards.

I really dont have much; maybe 150, or 200. Not like last year. The ones I planted latest really did not perform well at all. The lilies especially, so I need to get moving. All I need is a break in the weather. (Well, maybe a kick in the pants, too; that might help.)

I am free to plant this weekend but the ground is sopping wet. Somehow that seems really familiar from last year.


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I have been on vacation for two weeks, and worried the whole time that I'd have bulbs on the front porch roasting when I got back. Nope. It's still too early here, although the weather has cooled considerably. I didn't order too many this year (125 or so) since I know I have a whole lot of daffodils that need dividing. Hopefully, I will get to that in the next week or two. It's also time to pull out annuals and plant pansies. I have 20 flats of seedlings in the basement that need hardening off....I just love fall. :)

As to hiding bulb foliage, prairemoon, my favorite places are under deciduous shrubs: roses, hydrangeas, spireas, weigelas, etc. Those places can look awfully bare and brown in early spring, and bulbs do wonders for them. Then, as the bulb foliage starts looking ratty, the shrubs leaf out and help hide it. Try it. You'll like it! Another advantage is I don't often go digging around the shrubs, so I am less likely to damage the bulbs doing other gardening chores. And then, of course, ground covers are wonderful too. I am working to fill a really large ground cover area with white daffodils. I do so wish there were white ones that bloom early. They all seem to be late season bloomers....Never satisfied :)


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Donna, I've tried doing a little bit of this. Most of my shrubs are purchased small and keep getting bigger every year. So do the bulbs start growing up through the branches of the shrubs though? Around roses and hydrangeas I can imagine would work well, as mine get a good pruning back in early spring usually anyway. I don't have any spireas or weigelas, but I am planning on adding weigela in the spring, so I will remember that. I would assume close, but not too close? Do you tend to plant the bulbs, behind the shrub somewhat? Or off to the side under the dripline? As for white, two of mine are late. I just bought 'Empress of Ireland' this fall and it is said to bloom early.


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  • Posted by jodik 5 Central IL (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 26, 09 at 9:52

I usually enjoy fall, too... but we're getting more rain, and it's impossible to get anything in the ground with the current mud situation. I'm afraid I won't get all my bulbs planted in time. I've only got about half of them planted.

I still have bags and bags of daffodils and tulips, alliums and other things to go in. I don't want to be digging through frosty soil to plant bulbs!

If the ground would only dry out enough to plant, I think I could get it all done in about 2 or 3 days... pray for sunshine and a good, drying breeze!


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Do you have a tarp or something you could place over the top of where you want to plant, to keep any further rain from it? Or something to pile on it to keep it from freezing where you want to plant?


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I was good this weekend, while the weather was good as well. Got all the lilies and tulips planted except for one bag of 2 mixed greigii colors. I ran out of room where I had planned to put those (a new "hot" color bed) and now have to figure out where, oh where, in my garden I can put screaming orange and yellow without clashing with the existing, more pastel color scheme.

While I was standing there staring into space and thinking (I call it meditation in case someone asks) that maybe pink and orange might not look too badly together, if I threw something else (what??? ) into the equation, I saw an ecstatic squirrel running across the lawn with a large bulb in his mouth. It was not one of mine. I was standing in front of mine, which had all been carefully covered with hardware cloth as I went along. I gloated over (no, I mean, I felt sorry for) whatever poor innocent neighbor who didnt know about the voracious squirrels in this neighborhood.

Ran out of hardware cloth too so had to postpone planting the crocuses until I could buy more. Ran out of energy and daylight so didnt get the daffodils in.

I went to HD today for another jumbo roll and the bulbs were now 25% off. But I was virtuous and didnt buy any more. Though I will admit to pawing through all the bags to see if inspiration would strike with reference to somehow successfully combining orange and pink. It did not. But now all the remaining 1 gal potted perennials were $1.50! I bought 5 "miracle" heuchera, 5 assorted dianthus, a coreopsis I had never heard of before, and a Janice Brown daylily (4 fans! Wow! I always wanted Janice Brown).

So I should not be feeling virtuous anymore. I left them in the trunk so DH would not see them. It had better stop raining so I can sneak them into the ground. I remember saying that last year too..


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Well congratulations to both those who are finished, or thought they were, as well as those who have started to plant.

I haven't planted the first bulb yet, but today I finished logging everything on a spread sheet, along with some info I want to include on the labels. I have acquired roughly 225 different cultivars of daffodils. Some are just one bulb, and others have numerous bulbs per cultivar.

I was advised by a daff soc member to make both an above ground label as well as a below ground label, in case the above one gets pulled out and lost. I don't have to worry about them getting mowed off, thankfully, but do have a puppy. 'Nuff said. I was also told to make a map of them once they are planted, in case the above ground tag gets pulled and I don't want to disturb them to find the buried tag.

Of the ones planted in beds, the fading foliage doesn't really bother me. I will sometimes pull it up, and just nip the browned tips off of it, so it looks less dead.


dlpsych,
Your raised edged beds all look so neat and tidy.

chere,
why not try the below ground labeling, so the names won't get mowed off and lost. I use cut up mini-blind markers.

xaroline,
i sure hope you get some fairly nice weather so you can finish up your planting.

floweraddict_88,
You're so lucky to be in a warmer zone, thus can plant so much later than so many of us.

kentstar,
why am I not surprised you were finished, and then bought more. Might you be an addict too?

socalgal,
I'm guessing you will have to chill those bulbs coming in yet from Brant and Becky's. You must really love them to go to the trouble of chilling them, but certainly understand.

Prairiemoon2
Why do I dislike planting bulbs more than a potted plant? Doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it is because there are so many of them?
I think it might be because there are so many of them. It also signals that it is really the end of the gardening season, IMHO, other than some fall clean-up.
I don't water them in when I plant. At this time of the year, it is likely it will rain in a day or two.

linnea56
I click on your thread and there is my name! I guess my proclivities are known to you! Can you see me blushing?
Yes, you and I are 2 of the very worst procrastinators when it comes to getting planting finished up. (Had to look up proclavities...lol)
Your Nov 19, 2008 thread

Here is a post too from another thread:
* Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 30, 08 at 13:45

You have received very good advice. I just finished planting yesterday, but that was my own fault for buying too much and then getting surprised by the early fall cold and snow. It was not easy cutting through that frozen crust and many areas I could not get through at all. So the results will definitely be sub-optimal.

Jodik,
I hope things dry out for you.

Well I hope tomorrow is the day I finally start to plant. Tonight I intend to print up some labels, and write up some underground tags, so I can start bright and early. I've told myself that if I get everything all planted by the time Brent and Becky's have their 50% off sale, I can treat myself to a few more new varieties. Right Kato?

In 2007 B and B sale 50% off started on Nov 29th. Will have to look for the posts covering 2008 and 2006.

Sue


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jodi, just a suggestion re your wet ground. I have one area in my garden that never dries out because the central Air pipe drains on it (And yes. We're still running a/c some days.) So, when I planted the lycoris in that area a few weeks ago, it was like digging in sheetrock mud. I just stuck my trowel straight down, pulled back, dropped in the bulbs and sort of squished the "soil" back over the bulbs. I have done this before and so far have never lost bulbs (unbelievably). Nor do I ruin the (so-called) texture of the soil with overmuch digging.

Prairiemoon, the questions you pose are the very ones I had when I first attempted underplanting shrubs. I always leave about four to six inches around the rootball of the shrub (or about 6-8 inches from the trunk if the shrub is already established). The bulbs come up and OUT of the shrub branches, growing toward the sun. I love the effect. I usually plant the bulbs only on the side/s of the shrub from which I want to view them. And yes, you're right about roses. They are my absolute favorites because their areas are so barren in the winter once they're pruned. I plant bulbs very thickly around them and you don't even miss the roses.


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Well, I've finally finished for the season. I planted my last bulbs, the crocus today. It's too late in the season here for anything else, even if I had the room, which I don't. The only things left to still do are shredding leaves and putting them on the beds, some pine needles I can lay down on them too, and winter protecting two of my roses and a hydrangea. William Baffin can take care of his own.


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chemocurl : you are right about being lucky in the warmer zone it allows me to procrastinate longer lol

I did get 18 assorted $1.50 (Lowe's sale) gallon perennials planted.

Linnea56 : What type of coreopsis did you get?

I am intentionally ignoring the fact that B&B will have a 50% off sale. I will not buy anymore bulbs/flower, I will not buy anymore bulbs/flowers.....

Danielle


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I am intentionally ignoring the fact that B&B will have a 50% off sale. I will not buy anymore bulbs/flower, I will not buy anymore bulbs/flowers.....
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Well I was all set to start planting (after printing up some tage) and the sprinkles set in. I'm going to spend the rest of the day getting ready to plant, (and maybe making a bulb trade too. I'm outta control and can't stop!)

Sue


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Chemocurl - I've actually had pretty good luck with daffodils without chilling them - even in my warm zone. I have two varieties already that come back and bloom every year and have offsets. The ones I've ordered this year are supposed to be ok in my zone.

I'm more worried about skunks digging up my bulbs. They're looking for grubs, not bulbs, and they're welcome to the grubs, but sometimes they disrupt the bulbs while hunting.


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I did get one order of Daffs planted, 3 Tiger Lily bulbs and one small bag of chionoxda planted. Still have another box of daffs and crocus to get in the ground. I am also adding wire sections above my newly planted bulbs due to squirrels.

Thanks chemocurl, I left my bulbs without watering them in and it rained the next day. Very convenient.

Donna...I am eyeing my roses to add bulbs around them when I get out there again.

I will really look forward to seeing photos in the spring of all of your spring gardens! :-) It has to be so exciting as spring gets closer, after you've planted hundreds of bulbs in the fall...lol


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Flower addict, its a thread leaf coreopsis called Big Bang. I love the name. That is half the reason I bought it (like I need a reason other than a buck fifty a gallon...).Though the leaves dont look thread-like, more like a lanceleaf type, but smaller. I have not decided where to put that one.

To my amazement I got all the new perennials, except that one, planted today. For a change, it wasnt raining. I was under the gun to get it done, and the gun worked (for once). I have a houseguest (my husbands brother) staying here, and he went out to the library. If he saw me planting, he would

1) offer to help
2) innocently mention to my husband that we planted 11 more perennials that said husband knew nothing about.

#1 would be great if it werent for #2. This must be the first time in my life I have planted 11 gallon sized perennials in less than 45 minutes. But it was not the zen gardening experience I normally strive for.

I still have not figured out where to put the excess orange and pink tulips. Im thinking about buying a hosta to hide them under.


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Oh Linnea, I get such a kick out of your posts. I just read your post from yesterday about you going to HD for hardware cloth, and the coming back home with 11 perennials. Didja get the hardware cloth, or was it forgotten in your excitement?

I still have not figured out where to put the excess orange and pink tulips. Im thinking about buying a hosta to hide them under.
LMAO!

Sue


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I think that Big Bang is actually a series that contains a bunch of coreopsis. It should be neat to see which one you have as they are all unusual.

It sounds like me...I went to Lowe's to buy garden markers. Well, they had perennials on sale 1.50 - 2.00 a gallon. That day I ended up with 7 plants, and no markers.

So the next day I decided to pick up a couple extra clearance plants, and the markers I forgot. I came home with 11 more plants and NO markers!!!!

Danielle


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Yes, I did get the hardware cloth, same day as I got the perennials. Had to ask for help and really hunt as that store kept it in building materials, not gardening like my normal store does. Got the last roll of the inch metal, vinyl coated kind. They had mostly PLASTIC hardware cloth, of all things! Like THAT would be useful (shaking of head). The squirrels would have been laughing their wicked little heads off if I tried protecting bulbs under that.

I looked for the hardware cloth first, and ignored the siren call of the garden center. As I pushed my cart through the store that call got louder and louder. I tried several times to push my cart (bearing only the hardware cloth) toward the checkout, but inexplicably it was pulled out of line and toward those beckoning double doors. (Must be a tractor beam or something).

Then it started raining, really hard, and I knew I was meant to go out to the garden center. Because of course I had put my umbrella in the cart. Even though it had not been raining when I walked into the store. Some things are just meant to be.

I noticed another name on the tag for the Big Bang coreopsis, it is Full Moon. (Or maybe it is New Moon. Unless I am thinking of the Twilight series: the second book is called New Moon.) Maybe that would be enough to get me to buy a new plant as well. It doesnt take much. Most of the threadleaf types dont like my overly moisture retentive soil. But since this looks more like a lanceleaf type, which is usually not a problem here, I will risk it. Have to decide where to shoehorn it in. I got excited when I thought I saw a blank space, only to realize my husband had trimmed all the leaves off a hosta, and it wasn't really empty.

I have not yet found a hosta tempting enough to buy to hide the orange and pink tulips under. But Im working in it. But I did buy some Apricot Impression tulips yesterday as well. Not on sale, but I have a weakness for Impression tulips. Now it needs to stop raining. again.


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I'm somewhat of a "newbie" gardener and Iearned so much from reading all these posts (as well as having a few chuckles :o) Id always thought that since I saw bulbs for sale in the spring in stores like Dollar General and Big Lots that THAT was when you planted them....duhhh. So thanks for the education.

I planted most everything I have back in 2005 and have never gotten in there and divided, moved things, etc. So I decided to tackle that recently. Ultimately, Ive ended up with a nearly barren garden plot. Of mud, of course. Must be an epidemic !!! And I need to figure out my new garden design before I can start replanting. I'm stressed !!! As someone else said, this is NOT a Zen gardening experience right now.

I was really excited to see everyone talking about Brent & Becky's. I just recently found out I live only about 30 to 45 mins. away from them !!! But after hearing all y'all talk of your "uncontrollable" bulb-buying, I'm kinda scared to go there.....ha ha ha.

As far as the daffy foliage, after reading all the suggestions, it made me think of something Ive not yet tried but think it would look nice if you don't mind marigolds. However, this would only work with varieties that would go well with a vivid, almost day-glo orange mixed with burnt orange (almost a burgundy?). I never have luck with any other kind and didnt think they were that pretty. But these are beautiful. They're called Bonanza Bolero. Very lush. I originally got them at Kmart and have been saving "seeds" since fall of 2006, replanting each summer. They just spread and spread and bloom profusely.

Questions:

1) Someone told me manure is not good for daffy bulbs? Is this true? Since I have it mixed in my soil already, have I screwed up?

2) What is hardware cloth and what's it used for?

Thanks,
Bonnie


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linnea56, that is FUNNY! I thought about myself trying VERY hard not to hear the siren call of the garden dept! It made my laugh he,he,he. Might you also be addicted or as I have, CHAD (compulsive horticultural aquisition disorder)
I have Apricot Impressions tulips that I planted last year. They came up beautifully this spring. They start out so lightly colored and as they open they get to be a darker apricot color. Gorgeous! Mine should come back up next spring, as those particular kind are more perennial. That being said, they are tulips and who knows?


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Bonnie, welcome to the crazy house :)
I do not believe that manure is a problem for bulbs. I have mixed it into all my beds with reckless abandon and have never had a problem. It is an excellent soil conditioner for clay soil, which is why I use it. Good drainage is a very good thing in gardening, including bulbs.


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Thanks Donnabaskets! I AM really enjoying this site. Good to know about the manure since I, too, have clay about 6" down below my layer of "good stuff."

How about the "hardware cloth" question. What is it and what's it used for? Is it the same as landscape fabric?


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I mix in leaf compost into my beds. I bought almost all my bulbs in the spring time from stores. I shopped at the Family Dollar store and picked up almost every type of bulb. I planted them, and they grew fine. Also, they bloomed the first year. So it isnt the end of the world if you do plant them in the spring time. However, now I am planting my bulbs (lillies) in the fall.

Danielle


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Brit5467, hardware cloth is wire mesh (available in different sizes) that comes in a roll. It can be used as fencing or cut in pieces to cover bulbs in the garden from squirrels. Bulbs such as crocus will easily grow up through the small holes in the wire mesh in the spring. It is very handy stuff to have around.


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Hardware cloth is the only reason I had crocuses to enjoy this last spring. Some bulbs (crocuses especially, but also tulips and many minor bulbs) are like candy to squirrels and chipmunks. They smell them and dig them up and eat them as soon as they are planted.

In the past I have tried every kind of repellent, like hot pepper dip; none worked, and most were more trouble than the hardware cloth. I also tried planting little alliums in each hole. The tree rats had a good laugh over that one. I found the alliums tossed on the surface and the good bulbs eaten.

I read instructions on here last fall. Some people make little wire baskets and bury the bulbs inside: too much work for me. I planted the bulbs in clusters, and marked the corners. Then I cut a rectangle of hardware cloth on the spot, cutting it about 2 inches wider than the cluster, and staking it down with landscape staples. I planted one cluster, then immediately cut its corresponding square of hardware cloth so I would not run out of time, energy, or daylight before they were covered. They WILL tunnel a bit sideways, but not too much, surprisingly. Hence making the mesh wider than the bulb plot.

The kind I bought has half inch mesh, and is covered with green vinyl so it wont rust. I used the same pieces again this year, but decided to plant even more this way since it worked. I pulled them off when the foliage had erupted last spring.


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I FINISHED!

Very hard for me to believe. I chose an existing hosta to hide the tulips under (umm, around, not under). I didnt dare wait to buy anything else. Who knows how long balmy 45 degree days will last. Id like to say I have learned my lesson, but I doubt it. This is probably a fluke.

And just for the heck of it, and just to get it done, I planted the orange and pink tulips together. Yes, together. I figure, when I see them after a long dreary winter of looking at grey snow and brown grass, whats a little color clash? So what if it looks like a crazy person lives here: that's not far off.

And a note to those who may have read the links above, and be tempted by my story of planting bulbs in Zone 5 on Dec 30th last yearI should tell you that it did NOT work out very well. Even though the bulbs were plump and healthy when planted, less than half came up. It was probably too cold for them to put down roots. They must have rotted. The ones I planted by lifting up a crust of frozen dirt had the most casualties. Maybe 80 % of those did not make it. The ones planted on the south side of the house, where the soil was warmest, had the best success.


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Oh, Sue! You are so funny! Here's one that will make you smile. I heard from Brent and Becky's today that my order will be shipped late this week. I'll be thinking of you next week as I am digging and digging and digging....


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Har, har, har! Obviously others find it hard to believe as well, oh ye of little faith.

Ill have you know, this was not achieved without extraordinary effort.

1) I have intentionally taken a daily route that does not cross a Menards, Lowes, HD, or any form of Garden Center. (Even though I would REALLY like another Janice Brown daylily for $1.50. Stupid of me not to pick up 2) This requires a lot of zig-zagging, and creates extra wear on my tires.

2) When I decided I DID need mulch, I walked into Menards via the exit, even though I had to bring a cart from the parking lot, and even though I had to duck under the chains at the registers, plus dodge "helpful" employees who were advancing to head me off and direct me to the "right" entrance. This was done because the bulbs are displayed close to the ENTRANCE, which is far from the exit doors. If I dont see them, I can be stronger.

Since Menards was out of mulch (yeesh...), though, I will have to visit one of the above mentioned stores. I have not yet determined my battle plan. It may involve calling the stores ahead of time to find out who is out of bulbs, and patronizing only that store. Its a delicate balance, since the longer I wait the more stores will be out of mulch. But rest assured, I will be able to handle it.


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heh heh heh.... just pick up a few more... it will be harmless! ...and orange and pink will be just fine- but I think you need some muscari with it to settle it all in (or forget me nots would be good too!)

I have a couple things to put in this weekend. It will be nice to get them all in the ground.


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Linnea56,
You mean you went to Menards and didn't check for you any of the specie tulips? How could you?

Check out the link below to a pink and orange tulip combo...very pretty.

Kato, don't tell me you will then be finished too, please. I want someone else to be stressing over getting planting completed.

Well I finally started planting today. 21 little bags (cultivars of Historic) daffs.
The forecast looks good clear up until next Fri, so if I plant some everyday, I shouldn't have to knock myself out to get them all in.
Kato, don't you need some more Specie tulips?

Donna, did you go overboard?...hundreds? thousands? I'll be thinking of you.

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Pink and Orange.


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I like that pink and orange combo! Tulips are so nice.... but I always get lazy around planting time and wonder if they are worth it -since they don't perennialize as well as daffs and such. Again I am reminded that they ARE worth it.

Sooooo I guess I will put some effort into planting the couple hundred that I foolishly dug up this summer. Then I have to deal with some more daffs and some species tulips (that came out of nowhere).

Sue, I didn't say I'd be finished, I just said it would be nice to get them all in the ground..... "a couple" is a relative thing. Still I'm aiming for Thanksgiving as the date when I want it all planted by.... and you know my reason for that!


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It was warm today, and I WAS kind of kicking myself for having nothing left to plant. So instead I dug up seedlings of plants I want to trade in the spring, and replanted them in rows in the vegetable bed where they will be easy to pot up then. Spring is busy enough without that chore. Then I decided to dig up the dahlias I had earlier decided not to bother saving, plus the callas I had not gotten around to yet.

NOW I really feel virtuous! Its a new me..I was enjoying walking in a leisurely way around the garden on a nice day, not frantically trying to shove things in the ground anyplace. Watched a tiny little black and white woodpecker making test knocks on a tree. Looked at the sunset, and not to gauge how much time I had left before I could not see the ground.
La, la, la.lovely day..

Hmmm?.Whats that I hear?.... Is that muttering and my name being taken in vain?


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Hmmm?.Whats that I hear?.... Is that muttering and my name being taken in vain?
Yes, you heard right. You were always the one I could count on to be a lot farther behind than I was. I feel so alone with all these daffs (and lastly tulips and muscari) to be planted.

I hope to get the New Zealand, Australian, and Irish bred, daffs planted today as well as the historics. That will be 47 little bags, and a total of 151 bulbs. I'm trying to set daily planting goals so I can be finished before Thanksgiving so I can maybe order some more when B and B have their big 1/2 off sale. Did I even say that?

Sue...heading out now


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I am SO lucky...The B and B sale is way too late for my zone. Even by MY definition of "late". They seem to make it later every year. Good for me.

Only 151 left? (For nowand we all know what "For now" means). Surely you can tuck those babies in while just walking around the yard. Historics? Those are all really SMALL, right? Just a trowel twist and tuck for those. Easy.

Hey! I heard that.


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Only 151 left?
No, that was just my planting goal for Tuesday, which I did not get completed...sigh.

Wed goal was for the N Ireland bred daffs, 32 bags, 140 bulbs, and I didn't get all of those completed either.

Do we see a trend here?

I hope to get Tuesday's and Wednesday's goals completed today as well as 27 bags of English bred ones for today's goal. Wish me luck!

Sue...off to make labels and then sort for planting


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Good luck! .I see where your problem isits not the bulbs, its the LABELS.Its those that are taking too much time.

I stopped by a Lowes Monday week to get mulch. Outside my range, but they were the only store that had any left. Piloting my un-steerable overburdened cart (5 bags) to the register, I saw that they had 2 kinds of tulips left. Orange and purple. Yeesh. Now where were THOSE when I was hunting for orange and purple! Really nice ones too. But that bed is done and safely tucked in, so I regretfully put them back. (I am SO good)

I hope your weather there is as good as ours has been this last week. I find myself looking to see what is online, though undoubtedly by the time they would arrive, the weather would be bad and Id find myself in the same position as Ive been so many times before. With as many things as I already have, I still dont have any kind of Poeticus daffodil.
Seems like those always sell out first. My real weakness is lilies, not daffs, but I probably have some of every bulb that is hardy in Zone 5. ALL the local stores are now out of hardware cloth, so I cant allow myself to be tempted by anything that is squirrel candy. Otherwise Id, maybe, umm, get some more crocuses.

Gosh, theres that Home Depot on my route today.I passed up the bulbs there last week because they were only 25% off. I wonder if the price has dropped more.


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I agree, the labels are taking a lot of time, but it can't be helped.

ALL the local stores are now out of hardware cloth, so I cant allow myself to be tempted by anything that is squirrel candy.
But did you know you can go on line and order it from Ace Hardware, and they will delivery it for free to your local Ace?
Ace Store Locator
available hardware cloth

Sue...ready to start planting. All set with cordless drill.


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Heythe point is not that I can get it, by a little extra effort: the point is to be STOPPED, by lack of local availability of hardware cloth, from planting more squirrel candy.

My mother, when she was quitting smoking, used to flush the cigarette down the toilet after 1 puff. That was the 60s. We did not have a car, at least not in the daytime, and the store was not walking distance away. Her fellow wanna-be-ex-smokers laughed, but she succeeded in quitting.

I will do whatever works.


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Whats the weather like there? Are you done? Its gotten quite cold here. I was thinking of you as I shivered my way to the car today across a windy parking lot.


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Whats the weather like there? Are you done?
It was one of the best fall days here. Just right for a sweat shirt. No sun to make me hot.
No, I am not done, but today I passed the 1/2 way mark on the named daffs.I'm still trying to pace myself and get some planted each day. I 'am' done with all the time consuming label making and all the bulbs have been individually inspected. I found about 5 bad ones.
Though there is an 80% chance of precipitation tomorrow and 50% on Wed, I still hope to at least get some planted both days.
I just realized today that the big ole Seed Round Robin I'm participating in has to be mailed out by next Wed. I guess I had best start packing some seeds tonight.


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First frost, maybe freeze, tonight! Worked like a trojan all day long: final cuttings potted up, final seeds collected, all rooted cuttings and tropicals inside and under lights, and yes, the LAST bulbs are planted (tulips in new mini fridge). I made a pot of spiced cider tonight. I might even pull out a sweater tomorrow! DONE! How sweet it is!
(Tomorrow: begin collecting pinestraw for mulch....well, maybe just done.)


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Well, I can now join the ranks of those who have started. I am not nearly as organized as Sue. The only real sorting I have done is the mass merchant bulbs in one area, the show quality bulbs in another, and the rescued bulbs in a third. I try to put the tall ones in view of the road so people travelling past my house can enjoy them. I also separate out the dwarf so that I can plant them where I walk frequently. Tonight I plan to go through my show quality bulbs and find a game plan for exactly where they will go. My BIL is coming up on Saturday with his tractor to help me plant about 25 old garden roses and rescued peonies. Once that is done, I will have a new bulb area to plant. I plan to put some lilies in that bed.

sigh...where am I going to find the time and energy to plant 400 bulbs?!

Kathy


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  • Posted by maryl Z7 Okla. (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 19, 09 at 16:10

I'm finito with the bulbs. Hooray! Our soil hadn't really reached the 55 degree temperature yet (more like 58-60), but we were due some nasty cold wet weather for the next 5 days or so and it is close to Thanksgiving(normal planting time)so I went ahead and got them all done. Besides they'd been sitting in the fridge for a couple of weeks, so that counted towards chill requirement...Anyway, instead of planting them with frozen fingers and chilled bones when the weather turned cold, I decided to finish up on a sunny warm 68 degree day. As I've gotten older the more I put ME first and not plants. Here's to next spring to all of us.


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This is first year I have not bought at least one large bag of daffodil bulbs, only planted 20 bulbs; and not a single tulip bulb. This isn't normal for me, and I'm not sure why I'm not "into it" this fall. I guess I'm spending the money on the inside of the house instead.

When Lowes puts out their clearance rack, I probably won't be able to resist tho and it won't be too late.


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DONE!! Phew, so glad that is finished. I really didn't have that many to plant but this year for some reason it was more difficult to figure out where to put them. Maybe 40 daffs, 60 crocus and a handful of hyacinths. I even gave away to a neighbor, a dozen or so of a bulb that had increased and I had to dig out, that I just didn't know what to do with. We did use hardware cloth on all the crocus because the first time I planted them, they ate them all. [g]

This is my first year buying tulip bulbs in a very long time. I just couldn't resist that Orange Princess and I decided to plant them in a pot and bury them in the ground so I could use them and then take them out of a display when they were done.

I don't know how you all find the energy to plant hundreds of bulbs. lol I was so ready to be done with my puny little stash.


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I'm done!! I planted my last 40 tulips (Apeldoorns) in my neighbor's front yard... I really couldn't find anywhere in my established beds to put them all! Being done doesn't keep me from wanting to buy more. That sale at BloomingBulb keeps calling me. The ground's not yet frozen here. I know that this unusually warm November is about to give way to normal December temps-- yesterday was 45, but Thursday's high is supposed to be only 27. Anything I order now won't get here before the temperatures plummet. Even if the ground is still workable next weekend, who wants to be out digging holes in freezing temps?!? Well, I have done it before...

All and all, my Fall '09 bulbs included:

128 - wildflower tulips
100 - tarda tulips
60 - crocus
25 - tete daffodils
20 - red Apeldoorn tulips
20 - orange Apeldoorn Elite Tulip
14 - yokahoma yellow tulips
15 - purple prince tulips
15 - jan reus tulips
10 - recreado tulips
5 - negrita tulips
5 - blue diamond tulips
3 - purple prince lilies
12 - Margarita Double Tulip
12 - Abba Double Tulip
12 - Focus Double Tulip
15 - allium Gladiator (small daughter bulbs)


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Someone on the perennial started a thread on how small the tulip bulbs were that she bought from Blooming Bulb. I have no experience with the company myself. But maybe that would help stop you from buying more.


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@linnea56

I saw that! I replied to her uneasiness. I've purchased from them before. You know me (sort of), I can't pass up a good deal!


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Good.

I planted my last 40 tulips (Apeldoorns) in my neighbor's front yard... I really couldn't find anywhere in my established beds to put them all!

I know the feeling. I look at my neighbors' blank front and back yards and lust after all that space, and the sun. So far I have not actually planted anything there yet: I am afraid they would ask me to maintain it.


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Yikes! Elleni. I'm in the same zone as you (but in southern Ontario) and you're still planting bulbs. I think the only ones I would plant this late are tulips.
I know how you feel about the fall bulb sales. They're not worth getting unless they are 50-70% off. The only negative part is that they don't go on sale often until very late in the year. My compromise with the ones that don't do well when planted too late is to pot them up for forcing, and then plant them out in the garden in the spring.


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ontnative: I was just wondering about this very thing, and now you bring it up. I have been thinking about picking up a few things for forcing, but have not done it before.


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Well, I think the fates have made the decision for me... I checked the BloomingBulb site (again) this morning, hoping the 40% off things I wanted would have dropped to 60%, but *everything* is showing sold-out on their site. I think they've quit shipping for the season. Darn! I admit I did email them this morning about it. No reply yet. Probably just as well...

@linnea56: I only planted them there because all the other spots I had open in my beds were near soaker hoses. I figured the longer lived Darwin tulips would stand a better chance in my neighbor's dry front yard-- if I can convince him to leave the leaves to die back and not water the area in the Summer! I put all those non-"perennial" varieties in those other spots in my beds.

@ontnative: Yes! Had BloomingBulb not closed up show for the season, I would have saved at most an additional $5 max! Silly. I should have pulled the trigger sooner. I have only tried forcing bulbs once. Last Fall BB sent me some free daffodils with my mid-November order. It was a mixed pack of eight that I split in two small pots. I put them in my unheated storage room off of the bathroom, but I don't think they got enough cold. I got 5 of 8 with leaves, but only one flower. I just don't have any spot inside or out that stays between 40-50 all Winter.


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Not that I want to be accused of contributing to any kind of delinquency.... but...... I kind of cheat with the late season bulb sales. If I sense any weakness coming on I'll leave an open spot in the garden for late plantings. I cover it up with a heap of mulched leaves or something and if I have a tarp, throw that over too. When I get the bulbs, I pot up the smaller ones and either pot up or plant straight in the ground the larger ones. When spring rolls around I uncover and either let them bloom in place or dig out the pots and put them wherever I want some blooms.

I'm just sayin this is what I do.... I'm not encouraging anyone to break their resolve.


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The end is in sight for me. B&B sent notice that the sale bulbs I ordered will me shipped this week. I live so close, I get them the day after they are shipped. My goal is to be completed by the end of the weekend!

kato_b, I like the way your think.

Kathy


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If I sense any weakness coming on ...

I have experienced this feeling before. It starts in mid September when I can no longer deny that the garden is declining (despite much effort expended in planting, nurturing, and staking dahlias to stretch out the season, which barely get going before frost hits. Snarl.), and ends in mid-January. I think it is a form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It certainly feels like a serious mood disorder that deserves an impressive name. Not that Im an expert or anything. If someone even shows me a remotely pretty picture on a box or bag, no matter how shriveled the contents, I am on it like a starving dog. Its more than weak, its sick, really.

It used to end in mid-December, usually when someone was thoughtful enough to give me a potted amaryllis. Even if I had to buy and wrap it myself. Since last year I was planting bulbs in January, I have unofficially extended this season of garden grief that leaves one open to a secondary infection, i.e, buying bulbs one cant reasonably plant. In some ways its more like shingles: you get it only if you have already had chicken pox.

... I'll leave an open spot in the garden for late plantings.

Hah! Thats not weakness, thats planning. You are an ADDICT. Admit it. You know you are going to get another fix, so you plan your life around it.

Pass the methadone. Every time you see someone post a link to a bulb sale we are doing it.

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"I live so close, I get them the day after they are shipped."

-very dangerous! Didn't they open their warehouse once for some kind of clearance? Not that I really remember... it's not like I was considering driving hours down to Virginia just to take a look. hmmmm.

Ok I guess I am a little addicted. I can quit anytime I want though, so it's not a big deal.

I'm pretty lucky in that I still have the luxury of "open" spots in the yard. It just takes a little doing.... and by "doing" I mean doing as little as possible. The lazy side of me says it's ok to plant new beds by dumping spare topsoil on top of the lawn, dropping bulbs on the soil, covering with a little more soil and then topping off with as much mulch as I can find. Unless there's some nasty weed in the lawn that comes up through it all it usually works out allright. So it's win win.... less grass to cut, bulbs quickly planted, and a new bed to plant once the bulbs die back....


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linnea56 [from another thread]: Well, to be strictly accurate, things are in my cart, but I am planning on leaving them IN the cart until they sell out. That strategy worked last year.

I totally do that! I am *still* annoyed that bulb shipping time is officially done for my area. I keep telling myself that five days of below 30 temps mean *no* box of bulbs is going to survive the UPS trip to my garden. There is a chance I am going to Meanards with a friend tomorrow. I should probably warn her now to keep me from visiting anything on the clearance rack.

kato_b: The lazy side of me says it's ok to plant new beds by dumping spare topsoil on top of the lawn...

Hum, that's a good idea! This summer I dug out all the grass, with a shovel, from a small area for a new bed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Check out the bottom of the page for my new bed the hard way


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I never heard about the warehouse sale. It is a good thing. I am addict, I couldn't stop if I wanted to. They are about a 3 hour drive for me. I would definitely make the drive for the chance of a warehouse clearance sale. Of course I would have to drive an additional hour to go to the beach while I am down there.

According to UPS, the bulbs I ordered are stitting on my porch waiting for me to get home from work :-)but it is raining :-(

I plant bulbs the lazy way too. I drill a hole in the sod, plant the bulb, kick the dirt back on top of the bulb, and then layer with organics on top - leaves, straw, manure, wood chips, whatever I can get free.

Kathy


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elleni - nice blog entry! thanks
digging out the grass is of course the "right" way, but I can't see the point in digging it up hauling it to compost and then lugging it back to spread out and dig in. Seems like way too much effort (coming from someone who *might* have dug up all his daff bulbs last summer "just to get a look at them")
hmmmmmmm.
If I'm ambitious with a new bed the furthest I will go is turn under the grass with a shovel. Takes a while and is definately work, but you can plant right away even if you have no mulch.

Free mulch is an awesome thing. I got a load of chopped trimmings last fall and could sure use a couple more truckloads this fall!


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This truck, and several more just like it, pass by my house every day. They will bring me "clean" loads. I got 7 loads over the summer. One of my other neighbors brought over his tractor to spread the chips in the shady area of my front yard. It was great not having to mow grass in that area last summer.

I need to spread the piles that are a couple years old so that I can have them put fresh chips in its place.

Kathy - who is not to happy to see snow/rain mix for Saturday's forecast.


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elleni ...
I don't know about your area, but my Menards sold out over a month ago. So you might be safe. HD, on the other hand, finally reduced their bulbs to half off this week. Too little, too late, in my opinion.


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We did got to Menards. I got the furnace filters which were the purpose of the trip. However, when we passed through the garden center they were not only out of bulbs, but spruce tops and burlap! Three strikes. My friend prefers Menards over HD for some reason. Probably just as well...

I did actually use all of one rain barrel and at least a third of the second one to water the garden on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I didn't get home in time Wed night to use the last of it and left the tap open to drain before the long cold set in. That and putting the hose away means garden season is over for me! Nothing left but to start my paperwhites and watch the "mini" amaryllis about to bloom. Oh, and lament not placing that last bulb order...


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The weather will become very cold this weekend. However, I had the deep satisfaction of planting 150 crocus and 30 Dutch iris in my Central Massachusetts location this morning. I purchased the bulbs for 50% off at Walmart in Leicester. I can't wait unitl spring to see them grow!


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I had the deep satisfaction of planting 150 crocus and 30 Dutch iris in my Central Massachusetts location this morning.
Congrats! Dang, that's quite an accomplishment for that early in the morning.
I hope to get a few planted today after it gets above freezing. Hopefully under the leaf cover where I will be planting, it will not freeze for a while.


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How much of a leaf cover do you need for that? Last year I remember "discovering" that the open areas were frozen solid while those with some cover were not. I might be able to exploit that some year if I knew what to aim for. How deep?

My husband has raked all the willow leaves into 2 perennial beds. They fall much later than the other trees (which are all ash) so its easy to segregate them. I figured the fine twisty corkscrew willow would just decompose and not mat, but Im really just guessing. I hope Im right. I know maple mats, so all those from the front yard (city tree) went to the city for composting. Theres still more willow leaves to rake, so I could go deeper if it is a good thing.


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How much of a leaf cover do you need for that?
I don't really know. This is the first time I am planting in the front yard woods, after picking up sticks and limbs, trimming up some trees, pulling up tree seedlings, pulling up 'some' vines, and digging out lots and lots of May Apples, and raking aside all the leaf cover. Stringing the rows and doing the actual planting is the easiest part of the whole planting experience. I'd say the leaf cover is at least 6" or so. I kept watching the weatherunderground on the computer all day, hoping it would get warm. Even though it wasn't warm at 4 PM (was just 34 though it was sunny) I headed out to get a few planted. Surprisingly, I wasn't cold, the soil was wet, but not clumpy, my hands didn't get cold, and I managed to plant 15 little bags, 47 total bulbs.

so all those from the front yard (city tree) went to the city for composting.
How I wish I had trees that weren't all in the woods or at the edge of the woods. All the leaves at the edges of the yard are full of sticks and twigs. I used to sometimes go to friend's houses and do their leaves, just to get to bring them all home for the veggie garden. I've got this wonderful leaf shredder that reduces them 13 to 1, turning leaves into what I call brown gold.

I think the little willow leaves should be fine.

Last year I remember "discovering" that the open areas were frozen solid while those with some cover were not. I might be able to exploit that some year if I knew what to aim for. How deep?
I wonder if you couldn't just cover an area with either clear plastic or black plastic to keep the warm in and the freezing cold out, thus lengthening the planting season so you could get in on the late sales, like from B and B's.

Here is a link that might be useful: Similar electric shredder


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I asked for a shredder last year for my birthday. Husband decided it was unnecessary. Maybe if I keep buying bags of mulch and compost it will get through to him. Though a year ago he started composting the kitchen scraps. I thought I'd faint.

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Well I certainly hope that the 6 inches of snow I got yesterday melts in time for me to finish planting my bulbs today. I live in the south for goodness sakes. We are not supposed to get that kind of snow in the Autumn. Or at least not until I get ALL of my bulbs planted.

Kathy in the frigid SOUTH!


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did it melt?

Our snow is sticking around.... I see 18 for a low towards the end of the week. I think I might break down and head out and get some potting soil, I don't even feel like scrapping snow aside to get to the soil, I must really be done for the year. A couple pots full of bulbs would be a nice thing, and I have a nice cool room for them to root in so it's not that big a deal.

-or am I giving up a little too easy? hmmmmm. I'll see hwat Monday brings, I'm always a little down at the end of the weekend.


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Not much melting here. It only got up to 38 degrees. It is supposed to be 47 degrees today. But I doubt I get home in time to do any planting. The rest of the week looks like it will probably be okay. The bulbs I have left are the BIG daffodils I got to put along my road frontage. I don't think they will do very well in pots. I am hoping that I can still get them in the ground.

Santa brought me 40 bags of shredded leaves yesterday :-).

Even tho I love my job, I get a little down on Monday mornings.

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I have a friend (seriously, I am posting this for a friend) that received a bag of 30ish tulips brought back from Holland this Summer by his parents for his kids! Well, they have not gotten around to planting them and he wants to know what to do. They have been sitting in a mesh bag in an unheated (but not freezing) garage. I told him they could maybe still get them in the ground or they could be potted up and kept in the same cool space, but he wonders if they could just be left as is until the Spring.

I am posting this here as this thread still has some visitors.

Thanks,

Elleni


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Ah, I should have mentioned, the garage is attached to the house, but unheated. He does not think it ever freezes in there.


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RE: Who has started planting? Who has finished planting?

elleni, I certainly would not recommend that they leave the bulbs in the bag. First, they risk losing a good many of them to rot or dryout out. Second, even if they survive, they'll probably skip at least one year of bloom, if they ever bloom again at all. If they don't want to plant them inground, tell them to pot them up.


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