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A Year of Bulbs

katob Z6ish, NE Pa
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I guess everyone has their favorite type of plants to grow, annuals, shrubs, conifers... and for whatever reason I seem to be stuck on bulbs. I didn't even realize until someone pointed it out last fall, and to be honest it was kind of a 'what's the deal?' kind of comment rather than a compliment but whatever. I'd probably block them if it were an online acquaintance since who needs that, but since they're a relative (luckily only by marriage) I just gave them the side eye and walked on.

So anyway, it's cold out, I'm bored, and here are a few of the bulbs flowering now in the depths of winter.... even if that winter is kind of mild for us so far here in the hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Snowdrops and winter aconite during the last thaw.


more of the first snowdrops


and then there's snow again... it still is January after all...


Comments (79)

  • mazerolm_3a
    2 months ago

    @LaLennoxa 6a/b Hamilton ON: ah, then no, I live in Quebec! :)


    I have ordered from flowerbulbsrus.com many times, yes, they’re a great source too!

    katob Z6ish, NE Pa thanked mazerolm_3a
  • LaLennoxa 6a/b Hamilton ON
    2 months ago

    @mazerolm - funny, I don’t know where in Quebec you are, but it’s probably a case where you are close to a nursery that I would love to be closer to, and vice versa! In my case, there’s a tropical grower, Brugsmania Quebec, that I would love to be around the corner from! Before the pandemic, the owner used to make annual “Toronto runs” where you could put in your order and meet in the parking lot of the mall close to where his hotel was and save on shipping. I know, sounds so shady and weird - but it actually worked in a kind of underground “those who know, know” way. But that hasn’t happened since the pandemic.

    katob Z6ish, NE Pa thanked LaLennoxa 6a/b Hamilton ON
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    Jealous. I. reticulata doesn't last past its first year for me and two of the other species have to be grown under glass here.

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    @socalgal: those are beautiful! I especially like your babianas, such a vibrant color! I had never heard of them before, will google! :)

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    March: Daffodils, Babiana, Freesia, Dutch Iris, Hippeastrum papilio, species tulips

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  • floraluk2
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    Two more which I'm sure you could grow are Hesperanth coccinea (Autumn) and Sisyrinchium striatum (Summer). Both grow happily here.


    Wish I could grow Freesias outdoors.

  • socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24
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    @floraluk2 Those both look pretty!

  • rosaprimula
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    Lovely pics, socalgal and Jeb.

    Spotted the first species tulips (lost label so NOID). The hoop petticoats are over but the coronaria anemones seem unseasonally early - just starting). Whilst there are signs of returning spring, the damp, greyness of a UK winter has encouraged me to extend knitting season for another month or so (starting some very long-winded Bohus-type sweater for daughter and a fast Noro knit for me).


    Am (again) tempted to grow babiana outside. Love the red flax, socalgal - one of my annual stalwarts (although I have a bit of a linum obsession and grow a lot of different sorts (tenuifolium, grandiflorum, rigidum, narbonense, lewisii, arboreum, cathartium, flavum, campanulatum off the top of my head)

    I have seen i.reticulata return for other people...just not me.

    Have tried watsonia and tritonium but they are easily killed and not that easy to raise (ime).

    Time to get on with ordering the summer bulbs.

    Some years, I grow heliophila longifolia as an annual, Jeb, but with so many seeds to choose, I forget about them for years on end. Looks for suppliers for this year.

  • deanna in ME Barely zone 6a, more like 5b
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    Floraluk—your pictures are a JOY! What a beautiful Cotswalds view—so very lovely. Those crocus next to what looks like bush dogwood is a beautiful scene. Cyclamen are not hardy here. I envy all of you can plant it outdoors.

    Gardengal, I hope you enjoy your new place. Moving is misery, but trilliums must be a wonderful balm.

    Jeb, that photo is precious. I had NO interest in gardening till middle age. I am full of respect and awe at you who recognized its beauty from childhood.

    katob, here is a picture of my only bulb blooming now. As I neared the end of planting OVER 1,000 BULBS last fall, like some kind of psychopath, I collapsed in a pool of snotty tears mumbling something about not planting another bulb in this lifetime. I’ve blocked the memory, so it’s hard to know exactly what I said. I think I remember saying *#&$*$#$@^&%$, or something like that, but it’s all so fuzzy now. But, the guilt from my parents’ childhood, one a farmer and the other just downright poor, meant I couldn’t throw out any bulbs. I found three at the bottom of a “to-do” corner of a drawer last month and potted them up. I had no choice—guilt required they be potted. So, today I have a tiny daffodil stretching up for the sun that isn’t there in enough quantity with four tiny blooms and one bud. Even though they are in the house, they are technically my first bulbs. There is also another shorter bulb sprouting, and if it’s a snowdrop I’m going to think of you.



    I recommend the Power Planter Auger for those who order 1,000+ bulbs, like some kind of weirdo.

    Katob—retirement or generational wealth…hmm…one requires the foresight of myself, and one requires the foresight of my ancestors. Please join me in wishing for a huge lottery cash-out. That’s my only hope by now. Mega-millions, here I come. I promise, I’ll share.

    Outside these crocus survived 11 degrees a few nights ago. The rest are under the thick oak-leaf tarp (leaf compost my a$$—truly a tarp), but they’ll poke through.


  • rosaprimula
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    O Deanna, your post was the first thing i read this morning, while still in my nightie and the autumn of 3000 bulbs came back to me in all it's stressful horror...altho I did hand over the offspring a 25kg sack each and tell them to get on with it. It is a job you only do once though, so well done you. All to look forward to.

    Augers don't work on stony ground (ask me how I know).


    I am a 'late to the table' gardener. It was stomped earth, dogs and kids until the last one hit adolescence. But when the obsession fell on me, it was with a mighty weight of need and desire. I never realised how many delights would come my way for a minimal outlay of £££ but a lot of time. How fortunate are we?


    I also know about guilt and being poor, too.

  • rouge21_gw (CDN Z5b/6a)
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    So here is our patch of Winter Aconite today:



    I checked their arrival in 2023 and the "identical" picture was snapped on March 28 (so over 3 weeks ahead of last year).

  • Jeb zone 5
    last month

    More bulbs growing and blooming today - it is so good to see things growing in the garden again


    This is narcissus 'Small Talk' and it is 6" tall

    More Iris reticulata

    Narcissus 'Little Gem' - this grows only to about 5 - 6" tall but looks like a standard variety

    My tulips grown for cut flowers to be taken to the market and sold this spring - they are protected from the rabbits, deer and the occasional stray water buffalo that love the tender new shoots

    Tulip 'Juan' in its 2nd year - most of my tulips return as perennials and actually multiply at a good rate. My soil and weather conditions must be similar to the mountains of Turkey!

    Pots of Bloodroot, crocus, and lilies

    Narcissus 'Elka' - another mini daff

    This is a new narcissus for me this year, it is called 'Breath of Spring' and it is very nice

    Happy spring!!

  • mazerolm_3a
    last month

    Wow Jeb, they all look fantastic!! 🤩

  • diggerdee zone 6 CT
    last month

    I still don't have lots of daffodils in bloom yet, but these caught my eye as I was pulling out of my driveway. I have to go back and look at what I bought, but theses were newly planted last fall and I don't think they were supposed to be three inches tall lol. Perhaps it was the temperature swings that made them bloom so small??? You can kind of see a crocus right in front of them and the crocus is taller.


    I think they are Tete-a-Tete daffs, which I know are small - I have some already from years ago - but even they are usually at least six inches tall.


    Sorry, not great pictures- they were taken through the car window!




    :)

    Dee

  • sandyslopes z6 n. UT
    last month

    So many of you are ahead of schedule. The Crocus, which are my first flowers in spring. Feels good!




    And daffodil foliage next to the rocks is up the highest of any. Does my heart good to see the green.


  • Jeb zone 5
    22 days ago

    These are pictures taken just a few minutes ago. Everything is three to four weeks ahead of schedule, most of the narcissus don't start blooming here usually until the first couple of weeks in April.


    This is the double form of 'Tete-a-Tete' narcissus called 'Tete Boucle' - to me the flowers look like little pot scrubbers or pompoms. I am not sure about this variety, the single form is more graceful


    This is an unknown older variety that was planted by my great grandmother.


    'W.P. Milner' just starting to open, the open flowers will all nod downwards - narcissus looking at its reflection in a pool of water?


    'Tweety Bird' is a very happy looking little narcissus growing under the Amelanchier


    The tulips grown for cut flowers to be taken to market are coming along.. it won't be too long before they start to bloom


    Hyacinths are just starting to flower, this one is holding its own in a patch of mertensia


    'Woodstock' hyacinth - the flowers of hyacinths are kind of kooky looking to me growing out in the garden, but the fragrance transports me back in time to when I was a kid. Somehow it wouldn't be springtime without them!



  • sandyslopes z6 n. UT
    19 days ago
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    Puschkinia (striped squill)


    Scilla Siberica (Siberian Squill) This stuff spreads like crazy!


    Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow)




  • sandyslopes z6 n. UT
    19 days ago

    Eremurus (Foxtail Lily) This is how it looks when it first comes up. Hoping to see flowers this year from these.



  • mazerolm_3a
    19 days ago

    Beautiful pics, @Jeb and @sandyslopes z6 n. UT!! 😍


  • rosaprimula
    18 days ago

    me too, Sandyslopes. Got 7 of them looking vigorous -first time growing these.

  • floraluk2
    18 days ago



    One of my favourites. Fritillaria meleagris. (Sadly not in my garden.)


    Wild Wood Anemone, A. nemorosa.

  • rouge21_gw (CDN Z5b/6a)
    2 days ago
    last modified: 2 days ago

    Bloodroot:


    Anemone Blanda (blue and purple)



  • gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)
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    I thought I had posted this earlier. Other than a special cultivar of crocosmia and several lilies, this trillium is the only bulbous plant to make the move to my new, still-in-the-creation-process garden.

    Trillium chloropetalum giganteum 'Volcano'



    It has been in bloom for at least a month.

    Other than tulips, spring bulb season is pretty much over here.

  • rouge21_gw (CDN Z5b/6a)
    2 days ago
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    Love the picture 'gg'....a gorgeous potted specimen. (I hope this is the first of many photos you will post here in 2024).

  • sandyslopes z6 n. UT
    20 hours ago

    Ceylon Daffodils, they face outwards, which I really like. I planted them last fall, so they're putting on a good show this spring. They make me happy with their cheerful color where only white snow has been for many months!





  • prairiemoon2 z6b MA
    12 hours ago
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    SandySlopes, yours are beauties! I love them on the slope there. I have 'Ceylon' as well. I planted them in 2005 and they are still going strong. I've lifted and divided them a couple of times to increase them. I think I have enough now, so I only lift when they stop blooming well.

    I also have Puschkinia and Scilla. I only added Pushkinia a couple of years ago and I'm waiting for that to spread.





    Rouge I love your Anemone, very pretty! I always mean to add that it but I don't. I ordered a named variety once and it died out the first winter. But apparently yours is hardy. What kind of soil and sun exposure do they have?

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    So nice to see everyone’s bulbs! My year in bulbs continues with Ixia ”Buttercup,” Tulipa clusiana, Dutch iris (a little past their prime), Leucocoryne and (I think) Watsonia humilis






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    1 hour ago

    prariemoon, that's good to hear that your Ceylon daffs come back year after year, and that you've been able to increase their numbers over the years. That's what I'd like to do on this slope they're on.

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