Tuesday, November 01, 2011

No bulb left behind

There are 920 in the house and 150 on the way. It’s kind of crazy, but many will not be going on the ground—they’ll be in big pots to be set out in spring and in smaller pots for forcing in the root cellar. Here’s what I’ve got: Temple of Beauty (top) will fill the two raised beds in front. Prinses Irene, Passionale, Orange Princess, Black Hero, Sensual Touch will be in big pots everywhere.
Oratorio, clusiana Chrysantha, dasystemon, humilis Magenta Queen, and Little Princess will go into the ground, along with some grape hyacinth.
Parrots, hyacinths (Hollyhock, Mulberry Rose, Madame Sophie), and tazettas (Erlicheer, Golden Rain, Grand Primo, Wintersun, Early Pearl) will be forced.
Then there are some Rose of May narcissus that I’m not sure what I’ll do with. It sounds like a ridiculous amount of bulbs. But it’s amazing how they get spread around—creating quite an ordinary display, when all’s said and done. I completely get how people can plant thousands without batting an eye.

7 comments:

flaneurgardening said...

I've got an ongoing project of getting just under a thousand bulbs in the ground before the frost... Quite frankly, bulbs NEED to be planted in bulk to make a statement, and I hope yours will make a lovely show in spring!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Having seen your relatively small garden, it just astounds me the number of bulbs you grow for outside. It puts my paltry efforts to shame.

EAL said...

Thank you for saying "relatively."

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

It will be splendiferous, Elizabeth. I love the surprises that arrive with spring-flowering bulbs, both indoors and out.

Jess said...

I think I have to have some of the rose of may a

Planters said...

Wow, that's a lot of tulips! Beautiful though, they're one of my favourite flowers. We've giving Princess Irene a try this year too, along with Queen of Night and some red dwarf tulips to name but a few! We had some Mickey Mouse tulips a couple of years back, all free from the local botanical gardens which were actually giving them away!! A really beautiful red/yellow display.

RichardC said...

I don't have too much experience with bulbs per say but I love the pictures. whats the very best time to plant and start bulbs? Have I already missed this years season? I'm really looking forward to learning a little more. thanks