Bulbs

How to Protect Bulbs from Squirrels

September 27, 2013
IMG_2992SQUIRRELS STEALING YOUR NEWLY-PLANTED BULBS? Don't get mad...get creative! Based on my own experience, it's easy enough to outwit these long-tailed bandits. You simply have to think like a squirrel. Read more »

Forced Bulbs: What to Keep, What to Toss

March 19, 2013
IMG_4526HERE'S A DILEMMA YOU MIGHT BE FACING -- What to do with the hyacinths, tulips, and other bulbs you forced for indoor winter-bloom. In truth, some of these bulbs are worth keeping for future enjoyment outdoors. Others, not so much. Here's how I determine the fate of my own, myriad forced bulbs, and how I care for the keepers: Read more »

Forcing Fun: Tropical Narcissi

November 20, 2012
IMG_2289WHY DID I PLANT OODLES OF TROPICAL NARCISSI THIS MORNING? Well, because I want oodles of fragrant flowers to set among my holiday greens. I also wanted to put my collection of tacky whimsical Santa Claus mugs to good use. But most of all, I wanted to show you how to grow these easy bulbs, and how to keep their flowering stems small...with alcohol. Read more »

How I Force Tulips for Winter Bloom

September 27, 2012
IMG_2537HERE AT A GARDEN FOR THE HOUSE, I'm busy potting tulips for indoor winter bloom. Tulipa 'Christmas Dream,' pictured up top, bloomed in my bedroom window one February. What a thrill to see the pastel-pink petals against a background of snow! Tulips will bloom at the wrong time of the year for you, too, providing you pot the bulbs in early autumn. Here's my fail-proof forcing guide: Read more »

Forcing Hyacinths for Winter Bloom

September 19, 2012
hyacinths picturesWHY WAIT until April to inhale the intoxicating air of hyacinths? Pot a few in early autumn, and then you can enjoy them -- just as I do -- when January blizzards blow. Bulbs can be forced in soil, in pebbles and water, or in special vases. I favor the vases because they are small enough to fit in narrow quarters, like the latch ledge of my parlor window (above). How to coax the bulbs into early bloom: Read more »

First Aid for Non-Blooming Daffodils

April 2, 2012
IMG_5177 - CopyTHE TIMELY TOPIC OF DAFFODILS CAME UP THIS WEEK, when a reader asked "Why don't my daffodils have flowers?" Actually, these Narcissi have a number of requirements. If their needs are not met, the bulbs will deny us their bright bouquets. And here is my list of causes and cures for poor- or non-flowering daffodils: Read more »

Now in Bloom, February 2012

February 14, 2012
IMG_4609IN DEFIANCE OF WINTER, the plants in my music room window are singing a spring song. Would you like to meet these bloomers and perfumers? Say "hello" in this click-to-enlarge photo gallery (and I hope you'll tell me what's growing in your own window garden): Read more »