Wednesday, April 07, 2010

More Stuff That Made It

Bulb experiment has been very successful this year! I have already started planting!
Various hyacinths. These on the left, Azureum, are new this year. They were part of the bulb experiment.
"Heart's Delight" tulipsPeony
Hepatica - pink. I've only seen blues/purples in the wild.Delphiniums racing to see who will flower first!
Bleeding Heart
Oriental poppies (with squill and daffodils)
"Looking Glass" brunnera
"Pewter Moon" heuchera
Anthemis marschalliannaI have lots more coming up --
and FAST!!


Anonymous Shyrlene said...

Isn't it such a rush seeing everything come up? I've had serious 'plant envy' of folks in Zones 6 and up for a while now. But the tides have turned for us Zones 4's & 5's! Woohoo! P.S. Your crocuses ROCK!

4/07/2010 10:34 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Shyrlene, I have been astounded at how quickly everything is happening this spring!
I really am lovin the crocuses this year. I will definitely be on the look-out for more this fall!

4/08/2010 12:21 AM  
Anonymous Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Sylvana, I totally forgot about the great bulb experiment when I was planting bulbs in the fall. I had to plant some in my Kitchen Garden, now I have to dig them up to move them, instead of just lifting the pots, bad girl!
I also had Pickwick crocus blooming until, the local squirrell mafia decided they liked the way they taste, and took them all out!

4/08/2010 7:28 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Deborah, I actually have some pots that I forgot to plant last year, and I just left them sitting unprotected in the garden over winter - and they came back!! WOW!

Little bulbs I plant en masse in the veggie garden and dig up as needed - but the bigger bulbs definitely work better in the pots.

As for the squirrels...
I have found, for mine anyway, that if you can thwart them for a period of time from digging the bulbs, they generally leave them alone forever after that. SO, when I plant bulbs I protect them for at least a couple of months with hot pepper and/or a thick leaf cover - and I have even use chicken wire on occasion! You just lightly bury a sheet over the bulbs for the first year. After that, you should be able to pull it out.

4/08/2010 10:38 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Oh wow your Peonies are already poking through!
I don't have many spring bulbs though.
Good thing other gardeners do! And they post pictures so I always get to see pretty flowers. :D

4/08/2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Tufa Girl said...

You have more things coming back in your garden than I have in mine. I think my plants are afraid to come out yet. This cold winter we experienced put many things into deep dormancy. Central Texas Zone 8.

4/08/2010 5:54 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Kara and this is one I just planted last year! I love that it is so red - it is almost like it is flowering already :)

Tufa Girl, and I have been so jealous of the Florida bloggers because theirs already look like out late June. Now I feel like I'm them :)

4/08/2010 7:22 PM  
Blogger The Idiot Gardener said...

Sylvana, just remember that if you want to see stuff not growing, I can send you pictures!!!

Good to see you've got it all starting.

4/09/2010 2:34 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You have such a variety of different bulbs. Spring looks pretty at your house! I bet you are glad for the warm up.

4/09/2010 6:42 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Idiot Gardener, I've been over to your blog a couple of times to, er, "freshen my palate" ;P

Amy, and my main attraction hasn't even really begun - THE TULIPS!

4/09/2010 9:24 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Sylvana It's such fun seeing everything come up isn't it ? Enjoy!

4/09/2010 9:31 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Melanie, it's like Christmas everyday!

4/09/2010 11:34 AM  
Blogger Chandramouli S said...

That's lot, Sylvana! I love Hyacinths - both the Grape and normal fragrant ones! I'm a fan of bulbs myself and long to collect more!

4/09/2010 12:31 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Chandramouli S, I just got the new Breck's bulb catalog this afternoon - and I already have a bunch of new bulbs picked out! There are some great new ones this year :)

4/09/2010 3:38 PM  
Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Er, I know I'm coming late to the party, but what was the great bulb experiment, anyway?

4/10/2010 9:56 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Lisa and Robb, as you can see I have a lot of bulbs in my garden and it is not always easy to see where the old bulbs are when I go to plant new ones in fall - I found most of the time I was digging up old bulbs! So I decided to try growing the bulbs in saved nursery pots, overwintering them in the garden, then planting them in the spring. It WORKS!

4/11/2010 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

ohhhh..peony bits sticking out of the ground!!!!...that is one plant that will definitely not make it in Sydney...and it is my very very favourite...I am so jealous!

4/13/2010 10:50 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Kathryn, unfortunately they aren't much for heat - but you can always enjoy them in other people's gardens! And there are so many things you can grow that I can't - and really wished I could!

4/13/2010 11:05 PM  

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