Changes Now Bring Spring Dreams

Mid-November Changes for Spring   

Adding trees, bushes and bulbs will create changes to add big excitement to your Spring garden. For a less expensive garden  adventure, think  about  rearranging and replanting some existing shrubs.

If you’re planning on getting your bulbs in this weekend, before digging, decide on your planting scheme by laying bulbs on top of the ground where you want them to grow.  Irregular patterns will create a more natural display.  No matter what kind f bulbs you’re planting (daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinth,) a good general rule to make sure you have the best possible display of flowers is to set them at a depth equal to three times their diameter. Place your bulbs in their planting holes pointy side up, and fill your holes with soil, firming it to eliminate air pockets and to secure bulbs in place.

With a river of red tulips, a burst of cool Scilla blue, and  striking  yellow  Narcissus to rival the sun’s brightness waiting for you in early Spring, winter becomes much more tolerable!  

Mid- November is a great time to move trees and shrubs into new positions and to plant new ones so they become established before  winter arrives.  For  trees and shrubs, plant about a half-inch deeper than the pot surface.  With bare root trees, plant up to the nursery mark, the line of soil on the stem that shows the previous planting depth. Firm them in to eliminate air pockets around the roots which can lead to rot and the plant moving around during rough weather. 

Fall is Tulip Time!

Tulips in Your Garden

Mid-October through Mid-November is the peak time to plant Tulip bulbs.  I always think of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Betty Ramsey compete for the best tulip garden in CT, and wax flowers play into the plot.  But there’s no need to fake it!  Plant your bulbs now for tulips that will make your garden guests stop in their tracks for a closer look.  

Tulipa ‘flaming parrot’ is one of my favorites, and there are so many to choose from this year.  Go to your local garden center–or go online — to find the varieties or colors that inspire you most, and add tulips to your spring garden plan!  There’s nothing more welcome than the sight of a beautiful Tulip in spring after a long winter.

The English Garden magazine featured a wonderful variety of tulips in May 2010, photos by Marie O’Hara.  A description of each flower follows.  

GardenWise on Plans for Spring!

Spring 2011 is Coming

While we enjoy the cooler Fall weather, it’s time tulipto think about planting early Spring blooming bulbs to ensure your beautiful early Spring garden.

narcissusRed Impression Tulips, Scilla, and Narcissus are just a few of the bulbs we’re planting this Fall for our clients.  When you know a river of red tulips, a burst of cool Scilla blue, and striking yellow  Narcissus that will rival the sun’s brightness is waiting for you in very early Spring,  winter becomes much more tolerable!      

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GardenWise on Spring Bulbs

Spring Blooming Bulbs

Blog4As the temps come down, it’s the perfect time to focus on Spring 2011.  If  you act now,  you’ll be rewarded with a blast of color early in the season that will make you the envy of your  entire neighborhood.  Snowdrops, crocus, narcissus, and tulips are just a few of the earliest flowers toBlog5 emerge in the spring. They welcome the warm weather after  many cold months of winter with bright color and cheer. However, if you wait ,  you’ll miss out!  So make some notes, and make some plans, because these bulbs need to be planted soon for early spring color.  

Fall Family Garden Fun

Fall is a great season for family time in the garden.   One fun way to teach children about nature is to purchase different colored flowering bulbs to plant in your garden for next spring.  The best time to get your bulbs into the ground is a 3-4 weeks before the soil freezes, so this is a perfect time to start planning your upcoming day in the garden.   

After choosing which bulbs you want to plant, you’ll need to show your kids how to properly plant the bulbs (roots in the ground, top or pointed end to the sky.)  Give each family member a special space in the yard, be sure to give everyone a different flower color,  and get ready for a fun day in the garden.   For some added interest, include some hyacinth bulbs in the mix — you can cut one open to show the fully-formed baby flower inside just waiting to emerge next spring.

The expense is low, the imaginations run high, and the end result is a Spring 2011 landscape that everyone in the family helped create.   

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Gardenwise on Tulips that Inspire

Tulips

Mid-October through Mid-November is the peak time to plant Tulip bulbs.  Tulipa ‘flaming parrot’ is one of my favorites.  Go to your local garden center–or go online–find the varieties or colors that inspire you most, and add tulips to your spring garden plan!  There’s nothing more welcome than the sight of a beautiful Tulip in spring after a long winter.

The English Garden magazine featured a wonderful variety of tulips in May 2010, photos by Marie O’Hara.  A description of each flower follows.