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And that’s not close to all of them.

I did it again. Slightly over 1,000 bulbs have either arrived or are on their way to my smallish urban property. By far the majority of them are tulips that will mostly be planted in big pots, but there are also 50 tazetta, 200 hyacinths, and various narcissus, erythronium, and lilies. I laid off on the scilla, muscari, and galanthus this year because what I’ve already planted seems to be establishing.

Bright Parrot in Feb.

The hyacinths will all be forced, with some given as holiday gifts. I’m also forcing a bunch of tulips, mainly parrots because I love the way they brighten up the house in late February, when you really need it.

Unlike many other gardeners I know, deer are not an issue in my neighborhood. What I do have is fairly deep shade where the tulips should go, so there’s even less chance of return than hybrid tulips would have in any conditions. That’s why big pots are the answer. They don’t take up space in the garden and I can put in annuals when the tulips are done.

I tried not to get too many species tulips—mainly because I keep disturbing older plantings when I try to put them in—but it happened. There are also way too many Narcissus jonquilla var. henriquesii. (What was I thinking there?) Over-ordering bulbs is how I assuage end-of-season pangs. The pond has been put to bed and soon the patio furniture will be covered. I don’t do any fall clean-up, really, but the bulbs will keep me busy through Thanksgiving, when the last of the pots go into the root cellar and unheated garage. And I know when I go downstairs to gather up my tazetta vases, I’ll see some sad little withered bulbs from last year that I never got around to potting.

Help me make sure that doesn’t happen this year by taking some of these off my hands. I’m giving away 50—probably narcissus and species tulips, Just leave a comment with your favorite bulb tip/bulb lore by tomorrow (Wednesday), 5 p.m. EST. Winner to be announced Thursday am.

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Elizabeth Licata
on October 18, 2016 at 9:21 am, in the category Uncategorized.