Theres always room for more! LOL. I hold a yearly bulb swap and get mine for free! Its my favorite swap of the year. If you want to participate dmail me with your email address. Last year I distributed over 2000 bulbs to lucky participants!
I don't order bulbs since most of them don't repeat bloom here. Besides that, they are so hard to get into the ground when you are 900 yrs. old and can't stoop so low. If bulbs were like some seeds that you could just scatter that would be a different story. Love to see other peoples' blooms, tho.
I haven't ordered yet because I have very little room left (repeat: "I have no room left; I have no room left!") but I know I will succumb to the blandishments of the glossy catalogs in a few weeks, as the weather cools off and I think of how I will appreciate some new tulips, daffs, etc., in April.
None - I got some "freebies" from friends/neighbours, and need to divide them in order to fill the bald spots...
got a Daylily from a neighbour, but it's soooooooo tall, it overwhelms my other plants - cut it down!!. Love Irises
I am so bad! I picked up my first bag of 60 tulips and am now going crazy over what color(s) of pansy to plant over them. Tulip colors are: Pink Diamond (pale pink) and Queen of Night (dark purple/black). Tulip bed is oval - 8' wide by 5' deep. And do I need another 60 tulips to really fill it in?
Is it really almost fall? sniff sniff. I hate saying goodbye to my flowers at the end of summer but love planning my new bulbs.
Tampa is not a "bulb-friendly" climate. I visited grandma a couple of years ago in WV in May and all of the irises were in bloom - I had zone envy! Those catalogs tempt me, but I know bulbs won't thrive here. So I just go outside and look at my bromeliad garden and try to be thankful for what I have!
None, only because this is the first year I will try planting bulbs out here amongst all the hungry woodland critters. I got a few free tulip bulbs, so they will be experimental. I've been reading all sorts of tips about wire cages, hot pepper, etc. to ward off the little rodents. If anyone has any other suggestions, I'm all ears!
KyWoods, I sprinkle red pepper flakes in the holes on top of the bulbs, and throw in a mothball or two. It doenst hurt the bulbs and repels the critters. After I fill the hole I also sprinkle more flakes on top for good measure!
I havent had any critters dig up any of my bulbs using this method.
Hope this helps,
I hate to say it, but you just can't beat the bargains at the big box stores. I get glamorous specialty bulb catalogs every year, but the prices are staggering! I will occasionally succumb to a particularly tempting bulb from one of these catalogs, but I have been disappointed too often to justify the expense. I get more pleasure from "dime-a-dozen" daffodils than anything else! Plus, the deer leave them alone!! (Planting tulips are like spreading a deer banquet at my place!)
Looks like I'm with the majority. ( NONE) I have to do some dividing, before I get more and some just need moved. I didn't plan very well.
Have an area that needs cleaned up, and a little thought put to work, before planting any thing more.
I ordered several dozen. One thing we can do well in my zone is spring bulbs. When I run out of room I simply make more beds. I overplant them so they share space with perennials. I finished moving some exising ones around this weekend and now waiting for the new arrivals.
I voted "none" since I am in a tropical zone. But, I do buy "summer" and "fall" bulbs from the marketplace from time to time. I've really only recently discovered tropical bulbs, which is probably a dangerous thing for me!
I have to order bulbs. Every year I have to. There are so many beautiful bulbs and I cannot wait to see more coming out each year. I MAKE room! The house has them indoors, and the garden outside has them. There is always room for bulbs.
Bulbs are truly my passion. It has been a real stretching experience to consciously plan for perennials and things that will bloom all summer and fall, because my instinct is just to plant more and more bulbs! I despise being cold, and don't like dreary, icy weather, so the first sign of those bright colors in the spring is like a tonic to my soul!
That said, I think I have about 100 bulbs coming, if you count iris rhizomes and daylily fans. I think those two make up only about 20 of the 100, though--the rest are daffodils, crocus, and a few tulips. I'm rapidly becoming disillusioned with tulips, however, as they just don't come back for me. Except the species tulips. . .just discovered them two years ago, and I am in LOVE! LOL
Now, if my husband would just stop talking about moving to Montana or Minnesota, where it gets truly bitterly cold. . .
Bookerc1 species tulips are the way to go. Hybrids poop out after a couple of years. I have some returning hybrids that I planted over a foot deep but my zone is very good for spring bulbs. Especially forget the doubles IMHO. I highly recommend Tardas, Kaufmannnianas and Gregiiis. You'll be thinning them and giving them away in no time One of the hardier hybrids that I have success with is the Triumphs.
None, Have too
many and am having trouble transplanting them all.
kynwoods. Someone told me that Egyption walking onions would deter critters. So have them scattered in all my beds. Have'nt lost any in ten years. This year i did lose some young daylily greens from deer.But the acorn crop around here was non existant last winter. and i figured the deer were desparate.
We're just coming into spring, so the spiraxias are up, also the Ixias and bluebells, and the Babianas are budding, as are the Hippeastriums. The jonquils have faded already, and Daffodils don't flower in our climate. Freesias don't do well either. I have enough to keep me happy and give a good display every year. They happily multiply anyway, and its hard enough remembering where I planted them, without adding more to the mix!
So, NONE for me thanks!
I tore up a chunk of lawn for the iris from the co-op, so picked up a couple packages of tulips from Menards. With rebate they are free!
Rest of the beds have plenty of spring things. But, you know how it goes, if the deal is good, I will find a place!
I only learned last year that there are bulbs that thrive in this climate. I planted yellow and pink rain lillies, yellow spider lilies, amaryllis, and some daffodils reported to survive without winter chill. They seemed to do OK this first year. If they are great next spring, I may be tempted to try more.
The downside is that they're pretty for such a short period of time. I hate to waste the space on something that isn't going to do anything the other 11 months of the year. I've already accidentally dug one up in my quest to fill every bare space known to man.
I just got a notice from DHL that my order of bulbs for Brent and Becky's has been shipped. I don't even remember what I ordered, but I have a huge backlog of things to plant. I am going to be busy! Luckily, I got notification that my garlic order was delayed until Sept. 22. I will be glad I did it next spring but I am feeling a little frantic right now.
Since I'm six months out of sequence I put "lots" but I used last autumns purchases to decide which category to join - I added over 40 new named Narcissus to my collection plus stacks of cottage gladioli, 26 new Ixias and several other new South African Iridaceae to my bulb collection. I can't exactly tell you how many in total were new and how many were replanted from last year, so I guess that is "too many to count" but I know I planted 474 pots of bulbs between February and the end of April, many with multiple bulbs.
I have had quite a few bulbs flowering already but this is one of my favourites out of my new acquisitions - Miniature Narcissus 'Quince'. I took this photo yesterday - isn't it a cutie. The entire plant is about 11cm/4.5inches high from ground level to the tip of the top petal - what a little gem!
Sometime you store and sometimes you plant. Seed can usually be kept until the "correct" season, but bulbs will often wake up and demand to be planted. Sometimes it takes two or three years for a plant to adjust, but you just have to keep watch and try to keep the plant as happy as possible until it settles down. If you have a glasshouse/shadehouse setup there is a lot you can do to adjust light levels and day lengths to move the plant across the seasons.
Actually, it is not a problem most gardeners encounter here as our quarantine rules are strict and quite expensive to comply with for amateurs. Mostly, new species and cultivars are brought in by large plant nurseries who can amortize the costs of quarantine and treatment and we then buy our plants locally so they are ready to go for our seasons.
Thanks Kaelkitty. A buddy on the RM forum just got some iris from Australia which are blooming now. Aren't plants wonderful to adapt to our seasonal differences? You would think they would just up and die from shock.
Tulips don't grow here. I love Gladiolas and Dahlias, but Dahlias don't do real well here. I've put in 'Happy Single' Dahlias that have almost a black foliage, and they've done exceptionally well, so I'll order some more of those. Also, I love amaryllis, and will pick them up from somewhere on sale. Caladiums don't usually return for us (too wet, and they rot) so I'll order Caladiums. I'd love to put in Elephant Ears, but they are so expensive! I really want the Lime Zinger ones, because my area is kinda dark, and I think they'd really brighten up the space. I've got 'Ruffles' growing in my pond, and it is incredible. One little bulb created a HUGE plant.
I was a "too many to count"...I mean I could count but that would mean facing the fact that I have some sort of problem:lol: Daffodils, tulips (which I have terrible luck with), allium, hyacinths, lilies and my TB iris. I'm going to take some advice and pre chill the tulips and see how I fare come spring. We had a rather mild winter last year so only one of the 5 varieties of tulips I planted bloomed. It was pretty though--Gavota was the one.
Very pretty. My mother, in New Orleans always put the tulip bulbs in the spare refrigerator for 6 weeks before planting them out. And they worked very well. Then as soon as the tops died back, she would go out and dig them up and put them in nylon hose or panty hose to hang in the garage for the rest of the year. Lots of work, but then tulips are gorgeous.
You said it paj. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have that natural chill in the mountains. Dmac085 there are many southerners on the Bulb Forum who are growing spring bulbs who I'm sure will have lots of tips for pre-chilling etc. It's a great forum IMHO.
My total has grown to over 1,000 ordered for this fall's delivery. I had great return last year on daffs, lilies and hyacinths, and even got some tulips to come back though tulips are not usually strong on that front here (I always refrigerate them prior to initial planting). We have to dig more beds as I know I do not have room right now.
Thanks--I'll definitely check out the bulb forum for prechilling tips:)
I did start to count the stuff I have coming within the next few weeks---mind you, I'm in a townhome apt with a 3x9 flowerbed and a bunch of containers--daffodils alone are 14 varieties--175 bulbs! I can't even bring my self to post the other totals:lol: Tulips (which I suck at) 12 varieties! Darn co-op deals I can't live without:lol:
I believe I have ordered about 750 bulbs. It scares me to look at that number so I dont' think about it too much. I have a lot of space but I need to do some prep work. That doesn't count the irises presently sitting in the living room waiting to be planted - I think about 150. Oh dear.
Yes Trioadrasta, the tree also turn to yellow already here in my area in Sweden, I also will move to Australia. I´m really going in to depression.
I must put all my plant inside before frost and winter came. sigh sigh it is
depressing. Last winter was very mild and I´m affraid it will become snow early this year.
Dahlianut - you said it's a good time of year for mums?
I have a mum plant I bought in May, and after the flowers were finished I put it in my front garden. The plant is huge (5 times the original, small size), but no buds. Someone told me there are 2 types of mums - ones that bloom in the spring, and ones that bloom in the fall. Is that right???
Is there any way to force them to bloom in the fall? Are they tender/hardy & will they last through the winter if I cover them or do something else to keep them till next spring?
Uh-oh, I forgot to include all the bulbs of GARLIC I ordered after the excellent series of articles on that topic. Drat, I just spent a day digging up a new bed for all the flower bulbs, and now I have to find a place for all the garlic, too! But oh, I do love my garlic!