Bulbs forum: Is recognizing the fact that I need help the first step to recovery?

Views: 495, Replies: 8 » Jump to the end
(Zone 6a)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Aug 18, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Costco!!! So the planner in me was napping when I stumbled upon the large racks of bags of bulbs (from http://www.bulbs-to-blooms.com... ) at Costco. A few moments of frenzied gardening passion and I went home with:

1 bag 0f 100 crocus large flowering mix (photo shows purple, yellow, & white),
1 bag 0f 100 crocus 'spring beauty',

1 bag 0f 60 iris 'harmony',

1 bag 0f 100 anemone 'St. Brigid' mix (purple, lavender, pink, white, red),

1 bag 0f 100 anemone mix of 'The Admiral' & 'Lord Lieutenant',

1 bag 0f 100 anemone mix of 'The Governor' & 'Mount Everest',

1 bag 0f 100 anemone mix of 'Sylphide' & 'Mr. Fokker',

1 bag 0f 28 hyacinth 'Shades of Blue',

1 bag 0f 28 hyacinth "fierce mix" (white, pink, lavender, purple, light red),

1 bag 0f 28 hyacinth mix of 'Pink Pearl' & 'Blue Star',

1 bag 0f 50 tulip mix of 'Carnaval De Nice' & 'Midnight Magic', &

2 bags 0f 100 Muscari latifolium

As far as I'm concerned that is either a colossal lapse of reason or a cry for help...maybe BOTH. So much for my big bulb plan ning session for the fall!

Any words of wisdom/caution regarding any of these? Suggestions for companions if these varieties seem lonely?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.
[Last edited by UrbanWild - Aug 18, 2016 6:35 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1246774 (1)
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
Aug 19, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Gosh I wish I had the room to plant all those! You've got some lovely varieties there. I saw Anemone "Mount Everest" in a planter at RHS Harlow Carr and absolutely loved it.
Skåne, Sweden
Bulbs Lilies Bee Lover Irises Hellebores Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Aug 19, 2016 12:33 PM CST
I already answered about anemones in the other thread and I think that one is the only one that could be a bit problematic.

I'd suggest that the iris should be planted soon as they could be a bit susceptible to drying out, at least this have been my experience with some cultivars. They also will need regular dividing as iris 'Harmony' tend to split up into many small bulbs. A really lovely bulb, but might need some extra care to have reliably bloom in the following years. If you like this type of iris, also look at 'Katharine Hodgkin as it tend to split more into flowering size bulbs so wont need as frequent replanting:

The tulips on the other hand like to be planted late. The ideal time is when the soil cools down to around 10℃/ 50℉. Late planting can help with fungal problems and rots. They like a dry summer rest so depending on climate they might benefit from annual digging in summer once the foliage have completely dried and the skin on the bulbs have turned brown. A few bulb baskets can make this a considerably easier task.

Happy Planting!
[Last edited by William - Aug 19, 2016 12:34 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1247444 (3)
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
Plays in the water.
Amaryllis Roses Annuals Composter Hybridizer Garden Ideas: Level 2
Cat Lover
Aug 19, 2016 12:41 PM CST
I have found that squirrels will dig up and eat the crocus. Often, they will just take one bite from each - enough to destroy them but leave the evidence. So, if you have squirrels you might want to do something to protect the crocus.
Our destiny in life is to discover our gift. Our purpose in life is to give it away.

Aug 19, 2016 4:05 PM CST
Well Urban wild, at least you acknowledge that you need help. You will be busy planting all of your goodies! My suggestions are as follows: a.) seek counciling
b.) If you have problems with squirrels consider adding a few Moth ball flakes when planting your bulbs - the squirrels here only seem to bother the bulbs at time of planting and for what ever reason they do not dig up the new ones when I have added moth ball flakes in the past. c.) Not sure what your design objectives are with your new stash, but consider planting a bulb of two of the muscari adjacent to your other bulbs - the benefit of this is that the muscari generates new foliage in the summer and fall which helps you identify where you have bulbs already planted come next fall - when you relapse, and are back in a similar situation with more new bulbs. Happy planting!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Aug 22, 2016 2:25 AM CST
You will have a beautiful Spring Garden!
You dont need help!
(Zone 6a)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Aug 24, 2016 1:50 PM CST
Funny! I have a new hero...

Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.
(Zone 6a)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Jan 4, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Phew!!! As of 2 days ago, we finally got it all planted. Along the way, I bought other interesting varieties...and when finally we thought we were finished, Lowes had theirs for 75% off!!! Hundreds more bulb orphans adopted. They had been frozen and VERY dry, but hopefully there was enough life in them to succeed. I did not use any screening or covers. A month or so after planting anemones, I saw where there were a coupke of fresh holes...then saw the culprit in the act...gray squirrel. We do have raccoons and opossums but they don't seem interested. Luckily, no further digging is in evidence. But the Crocus just went in...we'll see.

In thus latest planting, while digging I hit a number if previously planted bulbs. SIGH...

I may have been inclined to buy a carload of sniwdrops at 75% off. We never saw any. That too may be lucky!!!

We are already seeing 1-2 inch anemone shoots.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.
[Last edited by UrbanWild - Jan 4, 2017 6:35 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1344985 (8)
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Birds Hummingbirder
Butterflies Tropicals Bulbs Lilies Daylilies Garden Procrastinator
Jan 4, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Urban you will ADORE your anemones. They are a low growing plant, but you have to get closer to feel and touch their satin petals. The feathery foliage is a plus too.

I just read the above article now, boy that fella had the sickness bad! Hilarious!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Bulbs forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by Calif_Sue and is called "Alstroemeria 'Summer breeze'"