Archive for the ‘daffodil’ Category

Butter Yellow Bulbs   Leave a comment

After several years of trying to get the color combination right, I think I succeeded this year.  I have planted several rows of bulbs immediately behind my daylilies.  When the bulbs come up in the early spring, the daylilies are also just coming up and don’t block them.  As the daylilies grow, their foliage hides the dying foliage of the bulbs.  For daffodils I have planted Safina, Rosy Cloud and Bahama Beach.  Then last fall I dug up the pink tulips and replanted yellow darwin hybrids, Jaap Groot.  I like this combination much better, just lots of shades of yellow and white, with a touch of peach.  The Jaap Groot also have varigated leaves, which I’ve never seen before.  And the hybrid darwins are supposed to come back a little better than other tulips.  I also tried a tip I had read on Dave’s Garden last fall, I planted cloves of garlic in the trench with the tulips.  I think I threw in a small clove every 5 feet or so.  It was supposed to keep varmint away and it worked.  Not only did no one eat the bulbs underground, which wasn’t too much of a problem for me anyway, but no one chewed on the new foliage as they emerged this spring, which is a problem, I have bunnies around.

Posted May 16, 2011 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, tulip

Spring Windowbox, continued   Leave a comment

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Actually, the windowbox looks pretty good without the grape hyacinth (see previous post).  The greenery from the muscari fill in the box and the daffodils aren’t as sparse as I thought they were going to be.

Posted May 4, 2009 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, windowbox

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

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

Late Spring Bulbs   3 comments

I ordered about 400 bulbs late last summer and when they all arrived in the fall and I looked at them in the boxes I realized I had bit off a little more than I could chew.  But with the help of my 2 girls and my husband, we got them all planted.  Now we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.  I plant the cutting garden in the photo above with lots of flowers sequenced from early spring until fall.  The very front of the garden is daylilies, their foliage hides the dying bulb foliage right behind them.  Just behind the daylilies, I planted 3 types of daffodils, and behind them, some impression tulips.  The tulips will need to be replanted, so I kept them separate.  Behind them I just planted my gladiolus, I usually get them in a little earlier.  Then I leave a walking path.  Then I plant zinnias, tithonias and sunflowers.

Back to the bulbs.  The first daffodils to bloom, with the impression tulips, were Safinas.  I was lukewarm about them.  But now, in the photo, are Rosy Cloud and Bahama Beach.  I bought the Bahama Beach from Brent and Becky’s and they were written up as fragrant.  I never heard of nice smelling narcissus, but these do smell heavenly, and they are very tall.  I really like the combination of the 2 of them together.

Next, in my purple garden, I added a lot of grape hyacinths, which were supposed to be mixed colors, the photo in the Netherland catalog showed shades of blue, but I actually got white and dark blue/purple, nothing in between.  I also planted Shirley tulips and Cum Laude tulips.  The Shirleys are the lighter ones, they start almost pure white, I was ready to complain that I had received the wrong bulbs, but as each day goes by, more and more purple shows up.  They are really very nice.  Then you can see some alliums that are getting ready to open, and a small burgundy iris that I got from a friend.

Posted May 16, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden, tulip

Sailboat Narcissus   3 comments

These are “Sailboat” narcissus.  This is the first year I’ve had them and I really like them.  Because the petals really bend back, they do look like little sails blowing in the breeze.

Posted April 24, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, daffodil, garden

Spring Bulb Color   2 comments

Here is the first version of my spring windowbox.  Last fall I planted lots of bulbs in 2 windowbox shaped tubs and kept them in the unheated garage all winter.  Had to cover them with newspaper in the late winter, as they started to emerge a little too soon.  Right now you can see the hyacinth, Pink Pearl, and narcissus, Pacific Coast.  Then I added a couple blue pansies from 6 packs that I bought this spring. There are also tulips that will bloom a little later.

Posted April 19, 2008 by cindyeo in bulbs, color combination, daffodil, garden, hyacinth, windowbox