Thursday, October 02, 2008

Big Bulb Planting Day

I think that bulb-planting week should be a provincial, if not national, holiday. I would even be willing to have it as an unpaid holiday. Just so long as I could always get the first week of October off of work to plant tulips and daffodils, I would be pleased. Instead, I crammed most of my bulb planting into this morning. At least the weather was beautiful. In the end, I concluded that I should have planted more bulbs, though I suppose there is some limit to the money I would spend on those papery little imports.

Raised bed in fall colors extravaganza:

This year's order from Botanus was large enough that they threw in a free DVD entitled "Passion - a documentary on the Dutch Bulb Sector". That sounds like one to watch on a romantic evening by the fireplace with RLM! I started watching it this afternoon, but the musical soundtrack was too emotionally intense for both the dog and the littlest gardener, so I had to turn it off.

Scabiosa caucasica "House's Hybrids": a purple bloom from the mix.
This flower is always reliable for giving me nice October flowers.

Here is my new planting of Muscari armeniacum, the common blue grape hyacinth. I've read that planting them as "rivers" gives a nice effect. My river is narrow, but meanders gracefully through part of the raised bed.

Otherwise, I've planted various types of tulips including Single Lates, Double Lates, Fosteriana, Giant Beauty, Lily-flowered, and Triumph tulips. I'm also trying Allium atropurpureum this year, to add to A. "Gladiator" and A. Purple Sensation which did well this summer. I also planted a total of 100 yellow daffodils around the raised beds and I look forward to seeing those next spring. I boldly planted Anemone blanda, with the knowledge that it may well not survive the winter here. I'm living on the edge...the edge of my hardiness zone.


O.I.M said...

i'm all for a bulb planting holiday. where do i sign a petition? your river of grape hyacinth looks cool. 100 daffodils will look amazing for sure. whenever i plant bulbs I always feel like i haven't planted enough. this year i am going to splurge a bit and pick up a few extras.

easygardener said...

The autumn colours in the first picture are beautiful. I agree that a bulb planting holiday would be an excellent idea.Very therapeutic :-)

Barbarapc said...

I was interested to learn that you'd planted your dafs just now - (mine are still waiting for the shipment to be completed at the wholesaler) - Do you find you have a good show of flowers in the spring? I found that if I started mine in September (early sept) rather than october my results were better - flowers much larger and better bloom performance. I'm looking forward to seeing your muscari meanderings. Great demo shots.

George Africa said...

Hello Gardenista;

Enjoyed your thoughts about planting bulbs. This is the first year and almost 20 years we didn't plant any bulbs. We spent the summer moving our nursery business and although I really wanted masses of daffodils come spring, time is too short now.

There was a time when I'd approach garden centers and offer to buy up whatever was left of their bulbs at end-of-season prices. Some years things were slim, other years they were plentiful.This might be the year to give that a try. It makes it easier to rationalize a new bulb that shouldn't live where you do but just might.......
Best gardening wishes,

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener

Cicero Sings said...

I finally bought a few crocus and tulip bulbs on our trip south this time ... I so wanted a few crocus ... to get some early colour when all is still dull and gray and brown with patches of white.

Gardenista said...

barbarapc - yes, I' prefer to put the daffodils in earlier, but I am stuck with the mail order company's schedules. I think daffs should generally go in earlier than other bulbs but I'm sure the company would only send one shipment to save money.

Ottawa Gardener said...

I love your little river. Can I steal - I mean copy - that idea? It's just too cute. It sounds like you planted a fair number of bulbs. For me, the problem is that they look gorgeous in the spring but by late spring, I'm always hoping that the perennials hurry up and hide their scruffy foliage. It'll be fun to see your garden next spring.

Ottawa Gardener said...

Oh and yes, I will sign the petition too.

Kandace Groenewegen said...

I have never planted a bulb in my life.

Can we still be friends?

It is a testimony to your writing skills that I loved this post and it made me laugh out loud - I will join your committee to petition that we have a national bulb planting holiday. When should we start? I might want to start by planting something.......!!

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