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Name: Huggergirl AKA Tamar
N.E Indiana (Zone 5a)
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huggergirl
Nov 5, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Well said Rita...Glad your Ok and didnt suffer damage...you know we had winds up here in Northeastern Indiana with that awful storm...Kind of amazing at how large and wide spread those super storms can be...I would have evacuated in a minute..tamara Angel
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 7, 2012 10:32 AM CST
I watched a special on what they are calling Superstorm Sandy on Weather Channel last night and I saw day by day pictures as it was covered on TV and that I had missed due to my power outtages.

Long Island still today has massive power outtages that don't look to be fixed anytime really soon. Also same in Jersey Shore and Staten Island. Now Athenea is upon us and News 12 and Weather Channel both are calling it Athenea. I am rather puzzled by the naming of a northeaster. I didn't realize they ever got names. Anyway, 60 MPH wind gusts, 4 foot storm surge tides, rain snow mix, heavy rains, cold weather and MORE (new ones) power outtages expected.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 22, 2012 12:09 PM CST
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My turkey is in the oven already and I am looking forward to eating too much yummy food. Big Grin nodding
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 27, 2012 12:41 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Hurray, hurray, hurray for me. My bulbs are all planted. I deserve a big gold star for my efforts. Thumbs up

Of course I have been working on planting these bulbs starting in October and thru most of November. But FINIALLY I got finished yesterday. Was too tired to post about it yesterday.

Earlier (in October) I had posted that I had bought 4,144 bulbs. But THAT was before I added two more bulb orders. One from Bloomingbulb.com and one from Scheepers. That put my bulb total at 4,999 bulbs. I can hardly believe it. I really must be completely daft!

So –
800 dutchgrown direct from holland
72 Brecks (already planted)
187 American Meadows
825 Colorblends
660 Brent& Beckies
1,600 Van Engelen
210 bloomingbulb.com
645 Scheepers

Bulbs break down as tulips for the most common, then crocus. Numbers-
Tulips- 2,866
Crocus- 1,150
Daffodils- 588
Iris Reticulata- 200
Dutch Iris- 170
Hyacinths- 25

It all adds up to 4,999 bulbs. Blinking
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2012 12:42 PM CST
Sticking tongue out
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Nov 27, 2012 1:00 PM CST
Amazing. Do you like dealing with Brent & Becky. I have not head anything wrong with them, I just wondered.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 27, 2012 1:04 PM CST
Yes, Brent and Beckies is a favorite of mine. I have been buying there for years.

This year I tried Colorblends for the first time as I had heard great things about them. They really send nice bulbs.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Nov 27, 2012 3:58 PM CST

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Newyorkrita said: Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Hurray, hurray, hurray for me. My bulbs are all planted. I deserve a big gold star for my efforts. Thumbs up

Of course I have been working on planting these bulbs starting in October and thru most of November. But FINIALLY I got finished yesterday. Was too tired to post about it yesterday.

Earlier (in October) I had posted that I had bought 4,144 bulbs. But THAT was before I added two more bulb orders. One from Bloomingbulb.com and one from Scheepers. That put my bulb total at 4,999 bulbs. I can hardly believe it. I really must be completely daft!

So –
800 dutchgrown direct from holland
72 Brecks (already planted)
187 American Meadows
825 Colorblends
660 Brent& Beckies
1,600 Van Engelen
210 bloomingbulb.com
645 Scheepers

Bulbs break down as tulips for the most common, then crocus. Numbers-
Tulips- 2,866
Crocus- 1,150
Daffodils- 588
Iris Reticulata- 200
Dutch Iris- 170
Hyacinths- 25

It all adds up to 4,999 bulbs. Blinking


Wowsers!

I'd had enough after planting just a few dozen. Whistling


That'll sure be pretty come spring, Rita! Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 27, 2012 6:47 PM CST
Iris Reticulata is a new bulb for me. I have seen pictures of the flowers but never tried them before. Dutch Iris I love and usually plant some each fall. Then I needed crocus to replace all the crocus that just dissapeared here from all my years of redoing garden beds. I wanted to go really high on the crocus numbers, closer to 2,000 than 1,000 but I knew I just couldn't manage to deal with more bulbs that I have already ordered. So next fall I figgure I will be planting lots more crocus again.

Daffs are a staple, always have to add at least a few. But really, really went nuts on the tulips this year. I have planted my usual types of Darwins, Truimph and Late Tulips. But I also tried Emporer, Greigii, Kaufmanniana and species tulips for the first time. We will see what I think of them all next spring.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Nov 27, 2012 9:11 PM CST
Do you braid the tulip leaves after the bloom Rita? I love the bulbs but hate the dead, brown foliage afterwards Angry
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 27, 2012 9:23 PM CST
No, I leave the tulip folliage as is until it dies down naturally. I do snap off the seed heads as soon as the flower petals drop though.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Nov 27, 2012 10:32 PM CST
The leaves need to stay so the plants can have nutrients for the following year. You can put annuals near by to cover the leaves.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Nov 27, 2012 10:49 PM CST
I have found that planting bulbs near hosta will also cover the brown foliage. They will help cover up the foliage, just don't put them near ones that you might be dividing soon.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 28, 2012 5:29 AM CST
I twist them into a ball and secure with a rubber band if I don't want to look at the dying leaves.
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Nov 28, 2012 7:04 AM CST
Tee, that would sounds quicker than braiding! I bet you have been over to the Biltmore House in the Springtime. That is on my to do list.

Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 28, 2012 10:44 AM CST
I just never worry about it. I find that the tulip follliage doesn't last long anyway. Plus many of the tulips are planted in and around the daylilies. So the daylilies really help hide the tulip folliage.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Nov 28, 2012 11:28 AM CST
Last night my mind was wandering and I was thinking about the crocus. Many years ago I remember that I bought a bag of the large flowered crocus mix locally. In fact it was at a Franks. Those went out of business many years ago already. But my crocus thrived and multiplied and put on a great show for many years. But as I did my garden redos, terraces and compleatly redoing beds, the crocus seem to have been the looser and each year got less and less. So the big push to get crocus back in the garden. I got 500 large flowered mix from Van Engelen and planted ALL of them in the southside rose garden. The rest (many different types) I planted in various places around the garden. 1,150 crocus in total so the crocus show should be good next spring.

But I would like to do more so I just know I will be ordering more for next fall. There are so many places the crocus can go, should go. I can immagine what they would look like planted en mass. Usually when I get a vision of how something in the garden could look, I go out and make it happen. So I just know more crocus are in my future.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Nov 28, 2012 3:42 PM CST
Going to beat any garden in Central Park! Hurray!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2012 11:36 AM CST
It is very tempting to buy more bulbs at the Van Engelen 40% off sales as those prices are really good. Even with all the stuff that is sold out I found 1,000 more crocus that I would love to add. But I am not going to order. I feel that it is too late in the year this being the first of December already. What do I do if the ground feezes? Not going to risk it. Besides I am tired of planting bulbs!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Dec 1, 2012 10:45 PM CST
I was just reading a post on the Daylilies For Northern Climates e-mail group where the poster an hour south of Toronto Canada still has bulbs to plant. Must be really running out of time up there to get them done and planted.

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