Bulbs

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

November 30, 2014
IMG_2027One 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 »

Forcing Hardy Bulbs

October 13, 2014
IMG_7813Why 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 »

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 »