Archive for April 2009

Double Orange Emperor Tulips   1 comment

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I love these tulips.  They have been blooming through a heat wave we had here and seem no worse for the wear.  I always lose my tulips every spring, because we have a one or two day heat wave right when they are blooming.  You can’t tell me there’s no global warming.  But these are doing well, and I love the color.

Posted April 30, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, tulip

Spring Windowbox – Phase 2   Leave a comment

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So now the daffodils are blooming, but the grape hyacinths are gone by and look terrible.  I’m going to have to deadhead those tomorrow.  And next year either find something that will bloom at the same time, or plant more of the later bulbs, so they will look good by themselves after the muscari are gone.

Posted April 30, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, windowbox

The Spring Ritual – Hardening Off   Leave a comment

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The first nice day of spring begins the hardening off ritual.  That’s when you gradually accustom your plants grown from seed under grow lights to outdoor conditions.  I start with the plants that don’t mind a little cold weather.  I harden them off first, and after a couple days, they stay out day and night until I’m ready to plant them.  This would include snap dragons, cold weather vegetables like lettuce, brussel sprouts, and any perenials I may have started, this year it’s hollyhock, foxglove and lupine.  I start with just 30 minutes the first day.  It seems so sad to take them out of the sun after such a short time, but it must be done.  The next day I bring them out for an hour or a little longer.  The next time (which usually isn’t the next day, we rarely get 3 warm sunny days in a row in New England in the spring) I’ll leave them out for 2 hours, then 4 hours, then finally all day.  Then after that batch is done, and I don’t have to lug them up and down the stairs anymore, I start on the more tempermental plants that I won’t be planting out quite as soon – tomatoes, other annual flowers, coleus, basil.  Yesterday and today we had unusually warm weather.  Luckily I had just about all my plants hardened off, so they were able to enjoy the day outside.

Posted April 26, 2009 by cindyeo in coleus, petunia, zinnia

Star Magnolia – First Sign of Spring   Leave a comment

star-magThe first flowering tree to bloom in my town in the Star Magnolia.  I don’t have one, but I took this photo of a lovely one in someone else’s yard a couple days ago.  I prefer the saucer magnolias, but, like the forsythia, there are some things you have to have, just because you anxiously await those first blooms.

Posted April 24, 2009 by cindyeo in magnolia

Update on Spring Windowbox   1 comment

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The grape hyacinths are starting to open.  I really like this choice for a spring windowbox, because you get a long period to enjoy them.  Unlike most bulbs, the grape hyacinths are attractive for a long time before they open.  See my previous post on April 5.  Right now they look  a little bit like Spanish lavender, with the little “bee” tops.  I also have figured out the phase 2 bulbs, they are small daffodils, but not open yet.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Posted April 20, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, hyacinth, windowbox

Narcissus – Rijnveld’s Early Sensation   Leave a comment

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Did you know that daffodils don’t all come up at the same time?  There are 13 different divisions of daffodils, and some are early, some are mid-season, some are late.  Then of course it depends where you plant them, those in a sunnier, warmer, spot will bloom before those in a more shady area.  These are my first of the year daffodils, Rijnveld’s Early, Division 1.  This photo was taken today, and this is a very sunny spot, although it’s not up against a warm concrete wall, which would have made them bloom even earlier.  Think about that when picking out bulbs this fall, you want to have a range so you can enjoy them for more weeks next spring.  Brent and Becky’s have a great catalog explaining all the divisions and bloom times.

Posted April 9, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden

Spring Windowbox – Muscari   1 comment

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This year’s spring window box starts with grape hyacinths. They are just starting to open, although the ones in the ground aren’t even up yet. These are ahead because they were in the garage all winter. Then I know I planted something else to come up through them, but I can’t remember what. I guess it’s just going to be a surprise.

Posted April 5, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, garden, hyacinth