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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Sep 28, 2016 5:38 PM CST
Those are beautiful Cinta! I think the main thing will be to make sure they don't get water logged and freeze that way- I've lost bulbs in a big container because of that. Your bulbs will be gorgeous in them!

William, C. cilicicum must be a vigorous one, I'm going to divide mine either this fall or after the foliage dies off in spring. It is in its 3rd year in the garden and looks like quite the clump already! Your experience has me excited to see how many bulbs are there!
"...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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Cinta
Sep 28, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Thank you @gemini_sage. I put a plastic tarp over the blankets the pots will break if they are wet. I just moisten the soil and cover them for the winter.

Styrofoam is awesome it keeps the pots from freezing. I thought I was going to lose them the first year I could not bring them inside so I tried this method and it works.
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Oct 5, 2016 5:17 PM CST
I want to give narcissus Sun Disc another try so bad. I love that perfectly round form. Unfortunately I think it's one that may need that longer cold period than I can provide. I've planted it two different yrs with nothing to show for it.
Allium are iffy except for drumstick, but I'm still buying them. Not buying tulips nor forcing any bulbs this yr.
So far:
Daffodils Tahiti, Cheerfulness and Delsnahaugh
Hyacinth Peter Stuyvesant
Allium Ivory Queen, Caeruleum, Drumstick, Purple Sensation.
I need to go to Old House and see what large cup daffs are good for the south.
William you will love anemone Mr. Fokker, I planted purple and pink together, now I'm pondering red and white mixed together.
I wouldn't want my Alabama fan DH to think that I planted them for him though. Sticking tongue out Whistling
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William
Oct 5, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Kabby, I do love Anemone coronaria 'Mr. Fokker' Smiling I'm buying more as I lost most of my old ones due to a planting accident of sorts (needed some space to plant new bearded iris rhizomes quickly, so perhaps not really an accident nodding nodding nodding ) and didn't have many to start with from the beginning as they were more of a trial and perhaps in some ways still are. Unfortunately they aren't 100% hardy in my climate so can get killed in hard winters. Safer to plant them in spring here, but the quality of tubers in spring can be a bit disappointing. Hoping for a normal winter and they should be okay.
I think that if I lived in a climate better suited for them I'd like a whole field of them Lovey dubby


Sounds like you had a lovely Anemone combination there and have more good plans in the works. Never been a sports fan, but if the plantings can make both you and your dear husband happy, surely it must be a win-win Thumbs up Maybe he will do all the weeding in that area?
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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Oct 9, 2016 9:57 PM CST
Yeah, got the last of the bulbs in...500 more for next spring, thought I only ordered 350!
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 12, 2016 9:02 AM CST
gemini_sage said:Lee Roy, those are great tulip choices! I love the species.


I agree Species tulips are wonderful. I hope your spring display is as beautiful as it promises to be, Lee Roy Thumbs up

Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 12, 2016 9:17 AM CST
I just placed an order with Nijssen tuin in Holland - far more than I intended to buy (of course!) But some interesting historic tulips, an overpriced erythronium that I could not resist (they have quite a good range), martagon lilies (love them), a few narcissi, other misc things. I'm still browsing the hortus bulborum website - they have some real beauties...
My poor bank account! Sad Big Grin
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Oct 12, 2016 11:02 AM CST
Always happy to enable...I mean help! Hilarious! I'd love to know which varieties you chose. I'm taking a break from bulb planting this fall (unless the end of season sales tempt me...), so I'm getting my bulb fix through all of you and I need details Big Grin
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 12, 2016 11:41 AM CST
I didn't bring any bulbs with me when we moved so I'm slowly adding them to the yard. Since we live in a Dutch town with a tulip festival and EVERYONE has tulips, since I'm not Dutch I plant daffodils instead Whistling Whistling this year I ordered more daffodils, several varieties of alliums, and a variety of Lillium. Trying to add them to all of the individual gardens. Love getting ideas from this thread though.
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 12, 2016 12:59 PM CST
Looked up my orders:
Narcissus:
'Sir Winston Churchill
Tete a Tete
Arkle

Allium:
Ambassador
Cernuum
Caeruleum
Christophii
Moly 'Jeannine'
Bulgaricum (lists as Nectaroscor siculum Nectaroscordum)
Globemaster
Schubertii
Pulchellum

Lilium:
Netty's Pride
Angel Gabriel
Brushstroke
Dimension
Giraffe
John Hancock
Palazzo
Silk Road
Conca d'Or'
Garden Pleasure
Miss Libby
Starburst Sensation
Silver Scheherazade

If Peonies count I added 4 herbaceous this year.

I think I need to stop now Whistling Whistling Whistling
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 12, 2016 1:35 PM CST
Neal, from Nijssen tuin I ordered:

Anemone blanda: (in blue shades and white splendour) to top up existing plantings
Crocus: Ruby Giant and Jeanne d'Arc, again topping up woodland plantings; and Sativus (the ones I planted a few years ago never did anything - so I'm trying again for the saffron)
Erythronium citrinum (really pretty - it comes from the US) but was well expensive - to add to my collection of erythroniums
Iris reticulata Clairette (saw these at a friend's place and loved them)
Lilium regale (tried these before without success but they are so pretty and a classic....)
Muscari: latifolium (don't have it) and Peppermint (very pretty); great for underplanting
Narcissus: Tete Boucle; Bulbodocium subsp bulbocodium. Most varieties I wanted were already sold out Sad I'll have to get my act together earlier next year!
Allium sikkimense (we have lots of alliums but not this one, and I have the perfect place for them)
Snakeshead fritillary (for woodland naturalising)
Martagons: Lilium martagon 'Claude Shride';
martagon 'Fairy Morning';
martagon Albiflorum;

Tulipa Blackjack (2008)
Tulipa Vincent van Gogh (2011, fringed)

Tulipa Absalon (Rembrandt, from 1780, I love the muted colours)
Tulipa Yellow Perfection (buff coloured breeder)
Tulipa alba regalis (single early from 1620, really elegant, old-fashioned shape)
Tulipa Columbine (1929, Rembrandt)

Tulipa humilis Persian Pearl
Tulipa humilis Violacea Black Base
Tulipa tarda (already have it but want to spread it around)

It will be interesting to see how the historics perform - I think they have a richness that is somehow lacking in a lot of the moderns (though it might just be my reaction to the dates!) I'll let you know what I order from Hortus Bulborum (I'll be trying to keep it down... Whistling )

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William
Oct 12, 2016 3:17 PM CST
Ginny, Palazzo is a personal favorite among the Dutch OT hybrids. Holds its dark pink color well in my climate:

Many other very nice lilies on your list as well. Some aren't available over here, but I heard good things about them. And of course Globemaster is a wonderful allium!
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William
Oct 12, 2016 3:21 PM CST
Mika, I also think it will be interesting to see how the historic tulips perform. I only bought two old cultivars and I did notice that the bulbs were a bit smaller than the modern ones. I find your choice of historic Rembrandt tulips particularly fascinating. They look rather fantastic, but I got to admit that I have some respect for these broken colored cultivars of the past because of the virus aspect.

I do have a particular soft spot for lilies and wish you good luck with the L. regale. I don't grow it myself, but heard from someone on the lily forum that it appreciates a bit drier soil than many other lilies. Perhaps worth a try?

I just started growing Martagons last year and I can understand that you like them Lovey dubby . They are very graceful.
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 12, 2016 3:31 PM CST
William - so glad to hear about the Palazzo! I have had Globemaster before and it bloomed right behind a red Asiatic lily and it has always been a favorite combination! I have one now blooming at the same time behind a yellow iris. I have had many alliums in the past and loved that they seem to bloom at different times than the other things in the garden, plus the deer and bunnies don't like them! They are also very unique in their shapes and sizes. I'm checking out your martagon lilies - not familiar with them at all but your photos are quite lovely Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 12, 2016 4:09 PM CST
Thanks, William. I'll be planting the rembrandts in containers well away from other tulips, and spraying them to discourage aphids. I hope it will prove a fun experiment. Smiling
Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Oct 12, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Neal you aren't adding to your bulb mayhem??!! No! This is not right! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Mika, William, I have a serious case of zone envy on those martagons. They look so tiny and perfect. William do they have a fragrance?
Ginny you have ordered quite a haul. The lilies will be beautamous, and smell wonderful. Your jaw will drop at the size of the Conca d'Or, it's amazing.
Still hoping I will have luck on allium not withering away and actually blooming for me. I had forgotten my order with Ramona of Faraway Flowers, the only thing I can remember is muscari plumosum. *Blush*
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Oct 12, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Kabby, we're in zone 8b here, so I don't see that as a reason why you couldn't grow them. Smiling
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 12, 2016 4:41 PM CST
Kabby I'm not sure about alliums in your zone but if it works I think you'll love them!
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RickM
Oct 12, 2016 4:46 PM CST
To say I'm jealous of you guys that can order so many bulbs is an understatement! Our yard is mostly shade, and they just don't do well beyond the first or second year.

However... for those of you that have critter issues, here's something to try. Nylon Netting or Tulle. We have a rather arrogant squirrel population in our neighborhood. Last fall, I decided to try something different when I planted some new tulip and hyacinth. I had a couple of pieces of the nylon tulle laying around, so I stretched it out over the bulbs and put some rocks on to keep it down. The squirrel didn't touch a thing!

I like to start my corn inside a few weeks before the weather starts to warm. I would hold the plants in pots in a makeshift greenhouse until they were 6-8 inches tall. I figured they were big enough to plant out. Wrong. Those freakin' tree rats dug up every one of them to get at what remained of the kernel. When I started my corn this year, I put the netting over it. Not a single plant was touched. And the pots were sitting in the open on the patio. (It was too cold and wet to put them in the ground for quite a while.)

This past spring, we had a fabric store going out of business. I bought up all of the dark green, brown and black that they had left in stock.

I even pull it over my hosta to keep the deer away. They think they're going to chow down and all they get is a mouth full of nylon. After two or three attempts, they leave and don't come back.
Check out some older pics of our yard at http://AmRes.com/Our_Yard/
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Oct 12, 2016 4:56 PM CST
Excellent idea Rick. I assume this would also work for my lilium that the bunnies snip off before they bloom. They usually wait until I have a nice bud going and then off it comes! I'm think if it were draped over loosely it should deter them until they open.
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