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Jun 26, 2014 7:27 AM CST
|Just amazing that you can seed things like amaryllis which is totally outside my zone...pots only, sometimes summers out in the garden. Those glads look great. I have never had any luck with glads....the chickens LOVE the bulbs. They scratched out everything I ever planted. Also, anything that did grow always was so flopppy and I'm terrible about staking. HOWEVER, I saw a great idea on a BBC show: Plant the bulbs really thickly in a plastic BASKET, then set the whole shebang into the garden once the bulbs are up and growing. This would really work for me. I'm going to try it next spring. (Cause I would have to lift and store the bulbs for winter here...so the basket thing makes it easy to find/lift them)
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Jun 26, 2014 9:52 AM CST
|I have not been that great at staking either, but being I am blessed (cursed) with a chain link fence it certainly helps reduce the staking, but I still had lots of them just plop over, I am trying to do better. It really makes the garden look so much better to keep the plants staked. Also I have been using more small wire cages, the plants do a pretty good job of hiding them, Yarrow particularly has done well in the cages, as has Columbine. I also have some tall (not my favorite) Unwin's Dwarf Dahlias that have done well in cages, why these are called Dwarf I don't know, they get as tall as my head. Not all of them but some, I do have others that I like much more that stay short, but with the seed you never know what they will turn out to be, just a mixture.
For some reason, maybe because of all the rain, the Glad's stalks have been extra tall and skinny this year, and tend to want to fall over more.
That idea of planting bulbs in a basket is neat, I'll bet Tulips and other early spring bulbs could be done like that also down here. Then you could just dig up the basket and store them in a refrigerator, if you had the room.
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