Tulip Series: Kaufmanniana and Greigii Tulips

Tulip Series: Kaufmanniana and Greigii Tulips

Profile: Bloomtime: Early Spring Height: 6 – 16” Petal Shape/Habit: Somewhat pointed, often flaired Planting Depth: 6 – 8” below soil surface Planting Spacing: 4 – 6” or in bouquets of 5 – 7 bulbs each Light Requirements: Full Sun for best blooms Hardy in Zones: 3 – 8 The...
Tulips Series: Single Early Tulips

Tulips Series: Single Early Tulips

Profile: Bloomtime: Early Spring Height: 12 – 18” Petal Shape/Habit: Full, somewhat rounded petals Planting Depth: 6 – 8” below soil surface Planting Spacing: 4 – 6” or in bouquets of 5 – 7 bulbs each Light Requirements: Full Sun for best blooms Hardy in Zones: 3 – 7 The...
Bulb Bargain: Jersey Giant Asparagus

Bulb Bargain: Jersey Giant Asparagus

The spring planting season is in full swing! Therefore, I am continuing to feature one of my favorite spring planted items (bulbs, perennials, fruits or veggies) each week. This garden selection will then become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal...
Bulb Bargain: CLEMATIS!

Bulb Bargain: CLEMATIS!

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Stargazer Lilies for Mom

Bulb Bargain: Stargazer Lilies for Mom

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Charming Beauty Miniature HARDY Gladiolus

Bulb Bargain: Charming Beauty Miniature HARDY Gladiolus

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Russell Hybrid Lupine Mix

Bulb Bargain: Russell Hybrid Lupine Mix

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Black Barlow Columbine

Bulb Bargain: Black Barlow Columbine

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Elephant Ears

Bulb Bargain: Elephant Ears

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Cleanse your Pallet -- and PLANT It!

Cleanse your Pallet — and PLANT It!

First of all, let me just say: I am so. excited. about this post! Last summer, Holland Bulb Farms contacted me about one of their many amazing customers: Marie. Marie lives in the Pacific Northwest, not far from the Canadian border where she works at a surgical center during the...
Bulb Bargain: Crimson Red Rhubarb

Bulb Bargain: Crimson Red Rhubarb

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
And the Winners Are...

And the Winners Are…

Today marks the official end of our 2014 Homegrown Recipe Contest…and what a contest it was! We had recipes of all types, sizes, and styles submitted from a Baked Cheesy Pumpkin, to a Vegetable Meat Loaf, to Baked Fish Fillets with Asian Glazed Grapes! It is always so difficult to...
Bulb Bargain: Red King Humbert Canna

Bulb Bargain: Red King Humbert Canna

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Bulb Bargain: Blue Wonder Toad Lily

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes,...
Dinner or Dessert?

Dinner or Dessert?

The 4th Annual Homegrown Recipe Contest keeps rolling along and my kitchen is a mess! A lovely mess, that is. The recipe I’d like to share with you today was submitted by one of our winners from last year, Roxanne of New York! This recipe contains possibly one of my...
It's not just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

It’s not just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

As many of you know, we have already kicked off our 4th Annual Homegrown Recipe Contest — and we’ve been receiving some scrumptious entries again! As much as I would love to keep them to myself and claim them for my own at our next family get-together, I figured it...
Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Believe it or not, August has arrived. And as true as it is that there could still be some good summer weeks left in the weather (depending on where you’re located), some gardeners thoughts have started turning in more of a fall direction. I stopped by Holland Bulb Farms yesterday...
A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

A Rainbow of Iris | Guest Blog

What started out as a conversation about “how crusty” our current Bearded Iris images, actually turned into an expedition to the Willamette Valley in beautiful Oregon to seek out new and Beautiful Iris at Schreiner’s Gardens — a farm spanning 200 acres where the growth and cultivation of iris has...
Gardening with Little Feet

Gardening with Little Feet

Somehow, I always manage to get myself in a bit over my head with plans – it always sounds like a great idea and completely realistic until it gets down to the actual carrying out of whatever event or project I have gotten myself into. And now that I have...
Picking Perfect Peppers

Picking Perfect Peppers

Last week Tuesday, I focused on one of my favorite plants to grow (and harvest!) in the garden – Heirloom Tomatoes. Today, I decided to feature another one of my favorites, not only for their vibrant colors and versatility, but also their health benefits: peppers! Peppers come in pretty much...
Heirloom Tomatoes -- All the Rage or Just a lot of Hype?

Heirloom Tomatoes — All the Rage or Just a lot of Hype?

If you know anything about gardening, read anything about gardening, or ever happen to overhear anything about gardening, you’ve no doubt heard the term “heirloom” and specifically, in reference to tomatoes. I myself was not sure what the term actually meant until several years ago when I finally decided to...
Hungry Animals -- What to Do?

Hungry Animals — What to Do?

I’ve always been a big fan of everything outdoors. Ok, maybe not everything — but pretty darn close. This, unfortunately, includes anything on four legs that has fur and deep brown eyes. I’ll admit it: when I was young, my father used to (and still does) feed these critters behind...
Tackling Tomatoes

Tackling Tomatoes

Back in early January in my post called “Do Less and Do it Better” I described a new perspective I was going to attempt adhere to in the upcoming year. I used this perspective to encourage myself, not to abandon new projects and ideas, but rather start a bit smaller...
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Tulip Series: Botanical or Species Tulips

Tulip Series: Botanical or Species Tulips

Tulip Profile: Bloomtime: Early Spring Height: 4 – 8” Petal Shape/Habit: Slightly pointed petals, smaller blooms than a standard tulip Planting Depth: 2 – 4” below soil surface Planting Spacing: 3 – 4” or in small bouquets of 5 – 7 bulbs each Light Requirements: Full Sun is best, but one of the only tulips...
Tulip Series: Double Early Tulips

Tulip Series: Double Early Tulips

Profile: Bloomtime: Early Spring Height: 12 – 16” Petal Shape/Habit: Extremely full, curved with a somewhat wavy margin Planting Depth: 6 – 8” below soil surface Planting Spacing: 4 – 6” or in bouquets of 5 – 7 bulbs each Light Requirements: Full Sun for best blooms Hardy in Zones: 4 – 7 The Double...
Welcome to our Tulip Series!

Welcome to our Tulip Series!

The other week we posted about one the best-loved tulip varieties, the Triumph Tulips. We received such an overwhelming response to this post that we thought, why not continue the series and cover the other categories as well?! Therefore, over the next several weeks, we’ll be highlighting a different tulip category in each post, sequencing...
Forcing Hyacinths For Indoor Blooms in 8 Simple Steps

Forcing Hyacinths For Indoor Blooms in 8 Simple Steps

Most fall-planted bulbs (such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth) require a “chilling period” in order for them to bloom and grow correctly. In climates where the winter temperatures remain cold enough for an adequate period of time (zones 2 through 7), this “chilling period” is provided naturally when bulbs are planted outdoors. However, if planting...
Bulb Bargain: Minnow Daffodils

Bulb Bargain: Minnow Daffodils

They say good things come in small packages, and we couldn’t agree more when it comes to the quality Minnow Daffodil! This Mid-Spring blooming daffodil is a real charmer, with its clear white petals and lemon yellow cup, on dainty 5” stems. Don’t forget this garden gem is fragrant; here are some of our favorite...
What ARE those in my neighbor's garden???

What ARE those in my neighbor’s garden???

Have you ever walked or driven past a garden, spotted a magnificent plant or flower and wondered, “What ARE those???” I’ve been asked this question many times over the past few weeks while working in my front yard and have also gotten quite a few inquiries from readers regarding the “big purple balls” on tall...
Tulip Series: Triumph Tulips

Tulip Series: Triumph Tulips

“Decisions, decisions, decisions”, you may have uttered these words at moments in your life, perhaps at the grocery store in the granola bar section, trying to pick the perfect dress for an upcoming wedding, or trying to purchase tulips for your spring garden. With an abundance of choices in life comes an abundance of decisions...
Bulb Bargain: Complete Summer Garden Kit

Bulb Bargain: Complete Summer Garden Kit

The spring planting season is in full swing! Therefore, I am continuing to feature one of my favorite spring planted items (bulbs, perennials, fruits or veggies) each week. This garden selection will then become Holland Bulb Farm’s Bulb Bargain for that one day ONLY. They’ll also be featuring a unique shipping deal each week with the bargain...
Bulb Bargain: Double Passion Daylily

Bulb Bargain: Double Passion Daylily

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
Bulb Bargain: Sumatra Oriental Lilies

Bulb Bargain: Sumatra Oriental Lilies

Believe it or not, the spring planting season is just around the corner (this is definitely harder for some of us to believe than others!). In order to help turn all of our thoughts ahead to the days when the snow will disappear and the ground will thaw — yes, it WILL happen! — I...
Third Place Winners!

Third Place Winners!

Isn’t this great? I absolutely love talking about food. In fact, I think it’s probably one of my favorite topics of conversation (after plants, of course). Today, I am pleased to present to you the third place winners in each category! 3rd Place in Vegetable Category: Simple Summer Salad from Cindi Hoag of Yates Center,...
And Second Place Goes To...

And Second Place Goes To…

I’m excited to share with you our second place winning recipes in each category today which include my personal two favorites from the taste test… 2nd Place in Vegetable Category: Thai Chicken Wraps from Nadine Smeltzer of St. Charles, Michigan This recipe is amazing for so many reasons: first of all, it’s hearty enough to...