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Team "Spring Bulbs" or Team "No Bulbs for Me"?

By Trish
February 12, 2012

Signs of spring - do you grow early spring bulbs? Come share with us!

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Feb 11, 2012 7:29 PM CST
I love bulbs of any sort: daffs, tulips, hyacinth, iris, all of them! I love that they are simple, erect, singular and that they multiply! I've not had great luck with them in the desert here in Phoenix, however.

Are we including corms, rhizomes AND bulbs in this conversation?

I sure hope Marie (desertdenial) finds this article! She is the resident bulb expert here in Metro Phoenix.
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gwhizz
Feb 11, 2012 7:53 PM CST
Yes, i most certainly do!! Blinking [remember it's summer here at the moment]We organise a large[Claremont Daffodil Show] in September, ..and with such variations in season times,i plant a varied blooming crop of daffs[including miniatures] so that i can be competitive[in a low level]...Not my forte, but being a show group member, i must lead by example..[which i well and truly excell in, at the lilium show]...I recently dug about 100 lbs of spring bulbs,from my late mentors garden, and donated them to our trade table, [held at the lily show], to be sold off cheaply and spread around the growers, 'as she would have wanted'.,.,I also grow tulips,crocus, ranunculas and just about anything else with a green stem Thumbs up
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Feb 11, 2012 8:04 PM CST
In 2009 (the year I bought my house) and 2010, I planted about 200 spring bulbs each fall. last year, I got sidetracked and didn't get any planted, but yes, I LOVE spring bulbs! What I do to maximize my spring surprise...I put all the bulbs, regardless of type, in one big box and lug it around the yard with me. Then I dig trenches, and sprinkle bulbs in the trenches.

Yeah, I don't concern myself with different depths, ensuring the bulbs face upwards, etc. My method makes some people cringe Hilarious! but it makes for fun in the spring!

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 11, 2012 9:15 PM CST
Bulbs were not an option for me in zone 10 unless I wanted to feel like a murderer when they died. But I am looking forward to bulbs galore next spring!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2012 9:47 PM CST
I love bulbs. Ours are coming up early this year, do to the weird, relatively warm winter we are having.
Daffodils, tulips, crocus, hyacinth and snow drops. Lovey dubby
Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 11, 2012 9:52 PM CST
I do have spring bulbs, planted on little containers, coz I know they normally wither away so fast when the heat comes in, though they are surely hanging on this time a little longer, with mild winter and have really sprouted quite early too. The ones that have sprouted already are the daffodils, and I see the hyacinths trying to peek as well.

Daffodils started peeking on 05Jan2012
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Daffodils growing much faster than the hyacinths 02Feb2012
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First daffodil bloom on 07Feb2012
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More daffodils coming about 09Feb2012, have trimmed the succulents around them so they can see more sun Big Grin
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tropicbreeze
Feb 11, 2012 11:55 PM CST
There's very few bulbs that will grow here but one variety of Hippeastrum wil, also Crinums and Hymenocallis. Tubers and rhizomes give us a far greater range, such as the many aroids and Morning Glories. Regardless of the climate nature always provides something.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 12, 2012 4:58 AM CST
Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. Love those bulbs! Thumbs up
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 12, 2012 5:11 AM CST
Being Dutch, tulips crocuses and daffodils were always in my gardens. Now I have Amaryllis as spring bulbs!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Feb 12, 2012 6:33 AM CST
Those are so sweet in the window box.
I love spring bulbs but have given up on tulips.Deer get them every year no matter how hard I spray.
I planted 200 mini daffs last fall , Mostly to keep voles away from the lilies.
These are from former seasons



these have yet to show,just planted 2011

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 12, 2012 7:01 AM CST
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Jo Ann. Lovey dubby :thumbsup:
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2012 7:12 AM CST
I agree Hurray!
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Kathleen
Feb 12, 2012 7:20 AM CST
The second year we were here, I dug up 1879 daffodil bulbs and sold them, gave them away, threw them in a hole the dogs dug. That only left me with about 4092. In the 19 years since then, I've moved, given away, bought some more, thinned, re-thinned. there were a lot of daffs here! Not so much on the tulips, but I have remedied that and some of them have survived our heavy clay into the double digit years. There are crocus, fall crocus, muscari (or as my youngest daughter called them when she was little, blue tree flowers). There were some hyacinths, but I gave them away - I am extremely allergic to them. I have fritillaria meleagris, snow drops, snow flakes (leucojum), saffron crocus (although they didn't bloom this year, or else I missed, which happens sometimes), and some stembergia that occasionally bloom, but not often. Hmmm, I guess you could say I am definitely in the yes column.

Name: Susie
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Aguane
Feb 12, 2012 7:45 AM CST
There is something about daffodils. Just looking at them can make you feel happy Smiling
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Feb 12, 2012 7:49 AM CST
I agree harbingers of spring.
However, I can assure you that when the Crocus at Kew Gardens start to bloom (they reputedly planted 2 million of them) it takes your breath away.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 12, 2012 8:04 AM CST
The picture on my desktop right now, Hetty, and this one has your name written all over it. Green Grin!


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flaflwrgrl
Feb 12, 2012 8:07 AM CST
How cool! Colorful, bright ribbons. Thumbs up
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 12, 2012 8:09 AM CST
Tulip farms in The Netherlands. I can only imagine what that looks like in person. Lovey dubby
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Feb 12, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Bulbs for sure here. Of all the flowering plants I grow bulbs have always been the easiest ones for me. Well except for lilys but that's due to some of my dogs liking to eat those bulbs.

I have had a few old fashioned daffodils bloom already and have some hyacinths trying to bloom if our recent cold spell didn't do them in.

I planted a large section in hyacinths, tulips and crocus last year for the honey bees. I plan to add more for them this year.


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chelle
Feb 12, 2012 8:36 AM CST
I used to be fairly ambivalent about spring-blooming bulbs; I couldn't see myself as having the desire to dig tulips mid-summer for a couple of short months of storage (where to put them ?), and then have to replant them. For the last couple of years, I've noticed that some tulips, in certain areas of the gardens, don't seem to require this treatment, so I've added a lot more of them in drier (summertime) areas since then. This year will be the first to find out if some of those tulips left in the ground year-round return.
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