Darling Daffodils

Daffodils at Laurel Ridge in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Daffodils at Laurel Ridge (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Growing bulbs can sometimes be a disheartening process.  We’ve all been there to witness the barren ground after painstakingly planting dozens of bulbs, finding them consumed before they even had a chance to greet the sun.  Or when our treasured tulips suddenly become remnants of the grand display they once were; a tattered mass of stems and leaves torn asunder.  But, don’t give up yet!  Coming to the rescue is a dependable, durable, deer resistant dynamo: the daffodil; a hardy bulb that will provide you with years of joy and pleasure. [Read more…]

Planting Bulbs

Casa Blanca Lily in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Casa Blanca Lily in Garden Bed (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

As fall settles into summer’s time slot, we’re given an opportunity to put down our pruners and gloves and reflect back on the wonders of this year’s garden.  And as bygone sugarplum plants dance in our heads, we may want to consider some ideas to liven up the landscape even more next spring, which is where a variety of bulbs come into play. Bulbs are the gifts we give ourselves to enjoy later; we wrap them up in the earth each autumn and look forward to them opening in the spring. Although placement and planting are fairly easy tasks, not all bulbs are equally reliable.  I have had great success with some bulbs, while others have been short lived for various reasons. Here are a few of my trials and tribulations, along with successes, to help you have the most rewarding experience possible.

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Laurel Ridge's daffodil island in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Laurel Ridge’s daffodil island in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Like dozens of mini volcanoes spewing vibrant petals across the landscape, our daffodils have started erupting in a brilliant display that will last for weeks to come. The beloved Narcissus, commonly known as daffodil, is a happy flower popping up all over the countryside this spring, spreading joy and cheer wherever it happens to appear. And not only are the hillsides and meadows of the U.S. rejuvenated from this glorious display, this popular flower is treasured across Europe as well.  Actually, our fair Narcissus, which comes in a range of shapes (trumpet, cupped, doubles), colors (white, yellow, orange, peach) and sizes (6 inch petites to over 24 inches), is considered one of the most recognized flowers in the world today. [Read more…]