Planting Lilies in Spring

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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Lilies are easy! Learn about the two most common types, and you’ll be on your way to beautiful blooms. I love Lilies, and who doesn’t?  But for first-time growers it can be a little confusing to understand the various types. The two most common types are named asiatic and oriental, …

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Fall in Love With These Bulbs (That Aren’t Tulips)

Thursday, August 30th, 2018
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We’ve written quite a bit about tulips lately and for good reason. They’re gorgeous flowers that look great in a vase or in your plant beds. But tulips aren’t the only flowers that grow from bulbs and must be planted in the fall. That’s right, there’s a huge variety of …

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Salmon Star – Spectacular new Oriental Lily that lives up to its name

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
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This beautiful newer member of the Oriental Lily Group brought a brand new color to the group, and what a color it is!  Each petal is apricot pink, with a deep salmon-colored stripe down its center. And imagine the competition. The  Oriental Group includes Stargazer, the stunning red lily that …

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Winter Dreams for spring: These are not your Grandmother’s Glads!

Monday, January 8th, 2018
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Wow!  Look at the colors!  Selection! New bi-colors and tri-colors.  Plus one beautiful flower (“The Peacock Orchid”) you didn’t even know was a “glad. I like glads for two big reasons. They’re inexpensive (Our Spring bulbs are on sale during winter for big savings: shipping begins in March, warmest zones …

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Which “Fall Bulbs” are best for spring bloom in your region?

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
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The bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils, that are planted in fall to bloom in spring. Easiest flowers of all!  That’s the best thing about fall-planted bulbs.  The secret is that the flower is already formed in each bulb…no green thumb required. And everybody loves them.  They’re the first blooms of …

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A free internet visit to Keukenhof, the famous tulip garden in Holland

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
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There’s no other place like it on earth. And whether you’ve heard of the world-famous 79-acre Tulip Garden in Lisse, Holland or not, here’s your chance to have a great look at it all without leaving home. It’s named Keukenhof, (Kew’-ken-hoff) and is visited by more than 800,000 people during …

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Paint your own Rembrandt

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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Do you know about “Rembrandt Tulips?”  They’re some of the oldest of them all.  Named after the 16th Century hybrids which were some of the earliest efforts of the Dutch tulip growers, they are the ones that touched off “Tulipomania.”  It was an astonishing financial craze in Holland over the …

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Secrets from the Pros

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
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When you see those mouthwatering photos from Holland, ever wonder how the pros do all that?  Well, there a few things they do and most of us don’t.  It’s amazing how easy it is to plant bulbs like a pro. 1. Plant them close together, not spaced out! Nothing’s more …

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Picking Types of Tulips

Monday, September 25th, 2017
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It’s easy.  Don’t be confused by all the “classes” or types of tulips.  All you need to know is that the major groups bloom at different times, in succession, just like a flower parade.  So it’s important. When we say “Early Spring” that means early spring in your area, (A …

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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
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When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s. The Netherland Flower Bulb Center keeps scores on these …

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens). If …

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