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Sep 15, 2016 5:04 PM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Just started planting bulbs this week.
Today planted 60 Orange Landscape tulips and 36 King Alfred type daffodils.
Did a pack of blue and white crocus earlier in the week.
This year I am covering all the bulb plantings with open lattice plant trays to discourage the squirrels.
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Sep 16, 2016 5:46 PM CST
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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I love autumn. Season of bulb planting and the lovely sweet, fungi/mouldy, wet smells of decay that fill the air Sticking tongue out I've ordered - again after last year's autumn bulb fiasco - some new bulbs this year too. Hope they'll arrive next week, though I shall not be planting them until atleast next month. I've heard that late planting discourages disease.

Anyway, they are:

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Tulipa tarda, T. turkestanica, T. urumiensis, T. polychroma , T. humilis albo coerulea oculata and T. clusiana stellata (of which I have no picture)

The beds they'll go in. I've added more sand and gravel in hopes of getting more drainage. If proven insufficient, well then just ***** it Thumbs down
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Besides that I've also ordered 1 Eremurus himalaicus, just to try and see if I can grow it, and some more Camassia leichtlinii alba (last years' I trashed after they got infected)
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Sep 17, 2016 10:45 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Charter ATP Member
Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Looks as if you will have a nice display next spring!
You are in a warmer zone so I can understand waiting to plant.
Here we have to get them in early before the ground freezes.
Daffodils, especially, need a longer rooting period of several weeks in the fall.
Tulips can be planted later, as they only require about one week or ten days of fall rooting.
But I am planting all the varieties now, as I layer the daffodil bulbs over the tulip bulbs as I plant them. The squirrels love the tulip bulbs, but not the daffodil bulbs.
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Sep 20, 2016 2:26 AM CST
Name: janet
uk
hi just got lots of bulbs and started to plant before cold and wet weather begins got the normal
daffs/tulips/fritillaria/crocus/ alliums for next spring etc and some new ones lachenalia (cape primrose) ronina/rosabeth and rupert anyone grown these i live in north west uk going to try them in the conservatory anyone grown them in there do i need heat Smiling
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Sep 20, 2016 7:31 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Welcome!
Bulbs need a cold winter in order to bloom in the spring.
It sounds like a good selection there.
Keep us posted and take pictures of your plantings.
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Sep 20, 2016 12:42 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Janet, I believe @jmorth grows lachenalia (cape primrose) and may be able to offer suggestions.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lee Roy, those are great tulip choices! I love the species.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Sep 20, 2016 1:28 PM CST
central Illinois
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I grow lachenalia in the basement under fluorescent lights. They certainly 'lite up the basement' when flowering. The average temp hovers around 60°.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Sep 21, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Name: janet
uk
hi thanks i will bring them into the house very soon they growing already i pushed the soil aside and there was loads of roots, this an experiment for me :cross_finger:
i will keep you all informed how they progress and send photos soon as i get any
flowers on any bulbs
got hyacinths in the dark ready for christmas and paperwhites as well
hope to get some dwarf daffs in tomorrow, bit late but i will plant them up
i love christmas bulbs, Lovey dubby poisettia plants are good and amaryllis as well
hoping orchids will flower then, do you all do the same ? Smiling
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Sep 21, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Just found out mine shipped! 200 Tulip Humilis Violacea , 200 Crocus Tommies ,100 Snowdrops , I'm going to be busy!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Sep 21, 2016 10:17 PM CST
central Illinois
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@rosieann99
Here's a pic of the Lachenalia aloides flowering in the winter.



I force a lot of bulbs every winter.
In the basement I have a refrigerator dedicated to the task > Thumb of 2016-09-22/jmorth/06a9ef


Last year I had these all blooming at once: Thumb of 2016-09-22/jmorth/5822ac


My most current favorite > Thumb of 2016-09-22/jmorth/1437cf Niveth
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Sep 22, 2016 10:53 AM CST
Name: janet
uk
hi whow thats a lovely colour (cape primrose) afraid my family wont allow my bulbs in the fridge only got one and its full i love trying something new found a bulb specialist in south of england so im trying out different ones. i just been buying loads of bulbs from wilkinson have to get my containers out give them a wash and get them planted Smiling
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Sep 22, 2016 11:27 AM CST
central Illinois
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I've got 163 bulbs ordered from Brent and Becky's and John Scheepers, most are to force.
5 kinds of tulips (35 total)
17 different daffodils (100 total)
20 paperwhites
3 Amaryllis
and some alliums for outside.
Using 6" pots at 5 bulbs per pot gives me 7 pots of tulip and 20 of daffodil, totaling 27 pots; refrigerator capacity is 30.

I've yet to get some hyacinths, probably from Old House Gardens or maybe locally. Usually forced in water, they go in the refrigerator door
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Sep 22, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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What variety of amaryllis did you order?
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Sep 22, 2016 9:46 PM CST
central Illinois
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Sep 23, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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J, those look great, the Lemon Sorbet is really intriguing I've never seen a yellow one. I was thinking about double dream for next year.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Sep 23, 2016 11:19 AM CST
central Illinois
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Thanks RJ. I've only had one double, one of the white ones a few years ago.
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Sep 24, 2016 7:58 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Charter ATP Member
Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Species tulips that I am trying this year are:
Dasystemon Tarda
eicherli
clusiana
Praestans Shogun
pulchella
The garden centers call them "botanical tulips".
They are going out on a dry south slope,
with traction sand in the bottom of the holes so
the drainage is good.
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Sep 26, 2016 10:47 AM CST
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
I wish I could do a large area of Tulips. The rabbits and deer love them too much. I grow them in pots and use them on the patio.
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Sep 26, 2016 1:58 PM CST
Sweden
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Sounds like an ideal slope for tulips, Caroline! Some of the species tulips we tried naturalizing here refused to bloom, probably because our summers are too cool for them and while I don't remember all their names, I do know that many survived for many years, even after the deer became a problem. Tarda I do remember and that is one strong bulb, capable of surviving, spreading and blooming for many years totally without care.

I tried Praestans 'Shogun' for the first time last year and really loved the very warm yellow-orange color. It produces surprisingly many good sized flowers from its rather small bulbs!

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