Yesterday, because I insist on having fragrant blooms in time for the December holidays, I grabbed my old soup tureen, several jardinieres, and some tacky whimsical Santa mugs, and planted them with tropical narcissus bulbs. Would you like to see the fun procedure? Read more »
Shall we plant some garlic today? For the best harvest, I always plant the crop in autumn, several weeks before the first frost. The bulbs need time to make roots before the ground freezes solidly. Once rooted, garlic can survive sub-zero temperatures. Read more »
Yes, I know it’s only September. But I’m thinking ahead towards spring! For color and perfume in April and May, I recently ordered some gorgeous tulips and daffodils. Here’s a look at these autumn-planted beauties, along with a couple of bulb buying-and-planting tips: Read more »
THE 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 »
My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »
One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »
Why do I bother to pot hardy "Dutch" bulbs in October? Well, because they introduce spring to my home when the outside world is covered in snow. They provide terrific decoration, too. A bowl of blue Muscari (above) makes a stunning centerpiece for a February dinner party. And finally, because bulb-forcing is fun, fun, fun! Read more »
Kevin is an award-winning food, garden and lifestyle guru who lives in New York's Hudson Valley. His recipes have appeared in dozens of newspapers. He has contributed countless gardening articles to African Violet Magazine, Berkshire Home Style Magazine, and Garden Design Magazine.