Fall BUlbs – Georama Growers Plants of the Week

October 12, 2013 Case News

Common Name:      Fall Bulbs

Botanical Names:     Allium, Anemone, Crocus, Fritillaria, Hyacinthus, Tulipa,     Narcissus, Muscari

fallbulbsThese bulbs, planted in the fall are truly one of nature’s miracles!  Here in the Kootenays we have such a beautiful and long fall, that it would be a shame not to get out into the garden. Few plants have such a seasonal impact, or connect so closely with the cycles of nature. If you choose bulbs for naturalizing, your spring show will not only look great next spring, but will multiply and improve each spring for years to come. It takes such a little amount of time and effort. Choose a location with lots of sun and prepare the soil so that it drains well. Dig large planting holes, about twice as deep as the bulb, and plant them in clusters. Add some compost and bone meal and water well – you are now done! In the late spring after blooming dead head the flowers and allow the foliage to die back naturally – it takes about six weeks, and then simply remove these dead leaves. It really is that simple. Many varieties such as Alliums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Hyacinths, Narcissus and others are totally deer proof great for our rural landscapes. Sometimes I feel that the beauty and uniqueness of our gardens has been replaced by simplicity – or just doing without. It just takes some thought and a little work to have success in these type of plantings. It seems that time was never an issue before, but today it is all about time. Speed is everything, faster computers, better TV’s, instant messaging, faster service, quicker decisions, simple solutions, complete packages, ready-to-use, fully assembled and ready to go! Whew, let’s slow down a bit, get out in the garden and enjoy nature, each other nd do the things we really enjoy – like planting a few bulbs.

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