Friday, October 31, 2008

No, you did not order more bulbs!


Yes, I did. I almost feel like I should summon up an evil laugh or two as I make this admission. Were 430 bulbs not enough? Apparently not. It was the last ditch email from Old House Gardens that did it. I looked through the offerings and noticed that they did have a couple of the interesting tazetta or tazetta blends left, including Erlicheer, a double (above) and Grand Primo (below). These will take a brief chilling of 2 weeks in the root cellar and then they can be brought upstairs like any other paperwhite.


Except that they have a daffodil look and fresh fragrance. Old House Gardens is a wonderful vendor and I felt badly that I had not ordered from them this year. Perhaps I’ll try some of their dahlias in the spring.

It’s the activity—ordering, potting up (most likely with pebbles), chilling and then tending that I’m looking for. It’s the whole winter gardening thing.

13 comments:

MA said...

Woman, you have gone off the deep end. Do we call this charitable bulb buying? Cuz you hadn't bought anything there yet? OK, the flowers should be worth it if the photos do them justice. You are sumpin!

Frances said...

Hi Elizabeth, good for you, let's redistribute that wealth! Too many bulbs is not enough, I'm with you. I also love the wreath on the previous post, it looks wild and wooly. And thanks for all that bulb info too. We are haunted by squirrels digging here and the chickenwire does the trick. I also have stopped adding the bonemeal in the hole, it seems to attract more critters and the bulbs do just fine. Lilies are my faves too. I have huge seed pods from the Chinese trumpets and am going to try growing them, if successful I will be able to go into the bulb business. Have you ever tried it? Golden Splendor is the variety, wonderful fragrance and quite tall.

Frances
http://fairegarden.wordpress.com/

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I didn't know one could actually get enough bulbs. I like that you are trying to though. CAn't wait to see them all abloom.

Carol said...

Yes, we worried about you because it seemed like you were limiting yourself when it came to bulbs. It's good to know there really are no limits. That helps the rest of us out. If someone questions us about all the bulbs we buy, we can always say, "well Elizabeth has more"!

Carol, May Dreams Garden

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Oh my goodness, Elizabeth, I could just hear that evil laugh, and it made me laugh too. Just so you know I also made another order from them yesterday. I am nuts.~~Dee

Kathy said...

That last email from them almost got me, too. I was contemplating how spectacular that Black Beauty lily would look in front of my purple smokebush. And then I remembered that it had already snowed here once & could again, and did I really want to push aside the snow to plant bulbs? But I promised myself next year . . .

EAL said...

Gail, I love Golden Splendor; they are among my best lilies. I have never tried to grow from seed, though Kathy/Cold Climate Gardening has.

To the rest of you, I am pleased to be an enabler.

kate smudges said...

This year I put in 150 bulbs and thought that was a huge number ... now I wish I'd bought another few hundred of them. I don't think one can ever have enough.

Now I'll be looking forward to seeing your bulbs in flower - spring will be here in no time. (If I repeat this often enough, I'll somehow get through winter!!)

Pat Leuchtman said...

With all the construction this summer I didn't get to plant a single bulb, but I will be forcing some that I plan to buy this very day at my local garden center. I can also say that Old House Gardens have wonderful stuff. My Black Beauty lilies are more beautiful every year.

Annie in Austin said...

In Illinois daffodils naturalized and increased into nice clumps but most varieties don't do that here - they're lucky to return at all and I buy very few. So I get a vicarious thrill out of your excesses, EAL!

It was interesting to see a narcissus variety that's recommended for Austin in your order - 'Grand Primo'.
It's planted in the border here and blooms in early spring.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

EAL said...

Annie, quite a number of the narcissus OHG offers are recommended for Southern gardeners.

Linnea said...
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Linnea said...

I've long dreamt of a cluster of red tulips under the pear tree. This may be the time to do some serious planting. Thank you!