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Chef Munky

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I've got to stay away from Home Depot, True Value to!

What started out as physical therapy ( Dr Nag suggested it ) to help with my lack of circulation. I've taken up the job of redoing every border in the front back and side yards. Went to True value yesterday, ( just to buy a new ladder mind you) walked out with 242 in total of bulbs. $130.00 bucks later. Holy cow I'll be planting all week just to get them blooming by spring. This is a problem now.:shock: It's been addicting learning about them, what will grow in my area, designing new areas with rocks, keeping it pet friendly and such. Just can't help myself.

3 types of Crocus's
Lots of Lillie's
Freesias
Mountain Bells
Scillia's
Snow Glories
Hyacinths
Dutch Iris's
Not forgetting the spring / summer Iceland Poppies seeds I've saved this year.

Munky.
 

Andy M.

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SO loves to garden. We live in a condo complex and she gardens a corner that borders the lawn.

Last Spring, we found a site online where we ordered 200 bulbs for $11.04. She went on a planting frenzy. We got some very nice summer flowers out of the batch. Well worth the money!
 

Chef Munky

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WOW Andy you got an excellent deal! Still know of the place where you bought them from?

Besides Burbee, knowing that they are a reliable company. I haven't gone the online route. It's hard to tell who's reliable and who's not. Really liked this one. I had a few in mind but was too late to order before they sold out. Next year though.

Van Bourgondien - Dutch Bulbs and Perennials Since 1893

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Kayelle

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Wow, what a huge job, Monkey. I've never had any luck with bulbs, in this part of California (Ventura County), it just never gets cold enough for them I'm told. What is your County in this huge state? Way up north I would guess?
 

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I had a friend who used a power drill with a router to plant his bulbs. He got it down to six bulbs per minute.

I should go look at bulbs....hmmm....
 

Chef Munky

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Wow, what a huge job, Monkey. I've never had any luck with bulbs, in this part of California (Ventura County), it just never gets cold enough for them I'm told. What is your County in this huge state? Way up north I would guess?

LOL Kayelle...

Same location as you. Just a bit up and over from ya. Monterey County.

What I bought will be planted in the back yard where they can be protected from the wind for the most part. They will be planted in locations that get full sun. Once the rose bushes are pulled out they will be replaced with ornamental grasses that won't require too much care or water. And have the company of the Nighttime Jasmines trailing the fences. It's going to smell nice in that particular area. We spend a lot of time on the patio on the weekends. Get the fire pit going and just relax for a while.

Ventura County gets hot. We lived in Fresno a few years I had a hard time keeping a house plant alive in that kind of heat. I'm no bulb expert, just being careful that what I have bought are fresh as possible. Suited for a particular area. We will see if it works out.

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No, no, no, I am not going to click on the bulbs direct link. NO.

I just had to dig up a flower bed because I am building a garage. I now have several hundred bulbs that need a new home. Plus I bought 4 packages of daff bulbs earlier this fall, and they need to go in, too.

Right now it is way too dry to dig. I also use a cordless drill (with an auger, not a router. :) If you google router, you will have a hard time figuring out how to plant bulbs with one.)

I love daffodils and other spring bulbs so much--they are so welcome after the cold winter.
 

Chef Munky

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Thanks for the advice Chef munky, I didn't think that, it is also possible to make bulbs. I think, I can also plant other bulbs from the pots right?

I don't think you can " make bulbs" Not really sure what you mean by that.

But I do know that if some bulbs that are planted outside are left alone after they have bloomed they will spread out. They can then be thinned and transplanted elsewhere. Once the Hyancinths have bloomed in the jar it's not recommended that you try to plant them outside. Bulbs will probably rot. The bulb link Andy put up sells tiny glass containers that are specifically used for the inside Hyacinths. Very pretty.

Gardening websites are full of articles and help on a specific type of bulb. This one has been a tremendous help for me redesigning all my borders and walkways.

Gardening Articles :: Flowers :: Bulbs :: National Gardening Association

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Chef Munky

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Bulb storage?

Was hoping to get the rest of the bulbs planted in the borders by now. They are prepped and ready. Having the flu and my Wardens on vacation he doesn't want me working outside.
Looks like that's not going to happen by the bulbs planting time. How do you store them. Cool and dark or refrigerate them?

Thanks
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CookLikeJulia

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I don't think you can " make bulbs" Not really sure what you mean by that.

But I do know that if some bulbs that are planted outside are left alone after they have bloomed they will spread out. They can then be thinned and transplanted elsewhere. Once the Hyancinths have bloomed in the jar it's not recommended that you try to plant them outside. Bulbs will probably rot. The bulb link Andy put up sells tiny glass containers that are specifically used for the inside Hyacinths. Very pretty.

Gardening websites are full of articles and help on a specific type of bulb. This one has been a tremendous help for me redesigning all my borders and walkways.

Gardening Articles :: Flowers :: Bulbs :: National Gardening Association

Munky.


You mean to say that, there's a specific bulb to plant indoors and outdoors?
I think, I would try which bulb are good to have indoors and outdoors. About the trimming, I guess, I can't make a routine with it. :)

By the way, that link you gave me is good. At least, I can have the idea of making my front house a good look. :)
 

Chef Munky

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I've got to stay away from Home Depot, True Value to!

What started out as physical therapy ( Dr Nag suggested it ) to help with my lack of circulation. I've taken up the job of redoing every border in the front back and side yards. Went to True value yesterday, ( just to buy a new ladder mind you) walked out with 242 in total of bulbs. $130.00 bucks later. Holy cow I'll be planting all week just to get them blooming by spring. This is a problem now.:shock: It's been addicting learning about them, what will grow in my area, designing new areas with rocks, keeping it pet friendly and such. Just can't help myself.

3 types of Crocus's
Lots of Lillie's
Freesias
Mountain Bells
Scillia's
Snow Glories
Hyacinths
Dutch Iris's
Not forgetting the spring / summer Iceland Poppies seeds I've saved this year.

Munky.

I wasn't expecting the Hyacinth's to grow and bloom already, but they have. It doesn't even feel like spring yet around here it's been cold wet and stormy the past few days. Next year I'll plant them later then I did so I can open the front door and enjoy the scents from them.
they were so pretty and fragrant.Stayed blooming for about 3 weeks. I had Reddish, blues and white colors. It really brightened up a usually dull looking area.

Freesia's, and Dutch Iris's are just about ready to bloom.

The crocus's were planted a little late. Some were already starting to sprout in the box. Off hand I believe I had at least 2 varieties that I picked out for the walkway borders. I couldn't get outside to plant them in the recommended time. So I tried something a little unconventional with those bulbs. To slow them down until I could get it done.

Mind you now that I was just experimenting. I took the bulbs and melted some plain Paraffin wax. Dipped the bulbs in quick and let them dry a sheet of waxed paper. Placed them back into a ziploc bag.

A few weeks later when I could get out and plant them. The sprouts hadn't grown anymore, since the first time it was noticed.
I went ahead and planted them. Not expecting them to grow at all. They are now just sprouting above ground. So much for thinking they weren't going to see the light of day after the dipping. Soon enough they should be blooming.

Still waiting on the rest to make an appearance.

My Cyclamens made it through the winter and have really grown since first planted. Snails got a few of my Mum's. But not all of them. The egg shell trick has been working beautifully! Thanks Alix! :)

As soon as the rain stops. The wild flower seeds and Cosmo's can be spread out.

Munky.
 

DaveSoMD

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Mine are just breaking ground. The crocuses came and went weeks ago and the daffodils are in fill bloom here now.
 
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