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...
Some Fall Flower Options for Spring

Some Fall Flower Options for Spring

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for planting flower bulbs! Fall planting season is upon us, as the coldest areas of the United States will begin planting their tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium and other jewels of the spring garden.  As usual Holland Bulb Farms is offering some new and...
Tulip Series: Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Tulip Series: Darwin Hybrid Tulips

Profile: Bloomtime: Mid Spring Height: 18 – 30″ Petal Shape/Habit: Large, pyramid-shaped before fully open 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...
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...
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...
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...
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Easy Complete Sun Garden

Easy Complete Sun Garden

Garden Planning Made Easy for your Sunny Summer Garden Oh, the sun a powerful force of earth! The powerful and mighty sun is essential to all forms of life on earth. Humans need the sun to get the proper amount of vitamin D, which is important for healthy bones and a healthy immune system; it...
How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

The dahlia is one of the most popular summer blooming flower bulbs! New gardeners will love the bright colors, and ease of growing, as well as the large assortment of colors and bloom shapes to choose from. Experienced gardeners enjoy growing dahlias for the challenge of growing the biggest blooms possible, overwintering the dahlia tubers, and...
Gardening with Potatoes 101

Gardening with Potatoes 101

(photo source: Chariot’s Run) Spring is here and it is the time of year to start planning and planting your vegetable garden! One of the most beloved vegetables you can plant is the potato! Potatoes are low in calories and fat, but also high in potassium, vitamins and minerals.  I suggest you incorporate some potatoes...
When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

When is the best time to plant Summer Blooming Bulbs?

Before we can answer the question of when the best time to plant summer-blooming bulbs, we must determine what summer-blooming bulbs are! Online retailers like Holland Bulb Farms and Tulip World sell a variety of bulbs, perennials, fruit and vegetable plants for planting in spring. Typically out of their assortment we consider “Summer-Blooming Bulbs” to...
Easy Complete Garden Collection Series

Easy Complete Garden Collection Series

Garden Planning Made Easy with Easy Complete Garden Collections No matter your gardening skill level you may have failed at growing a certain plant, and if you haven’t failed you will eventually have something that doesn’t grow for you! Gardening isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it, no matter the outcome. If you...
Living Coral the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Top 15 Flowers

Living Coral the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Top 15 Flowers

2019 Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral We are already a little over a month into 2019 and like all new years, the newness of the year tends to fade pretty quickly. Often resolutions are abandoned by this time of the year. It is easy for that “New Year, New Me” feeling to fade...
Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Beautiful Shade Loving Blooms for your Beds, Baskets, and Containers! With over 350 species of begonias in existence, these shade-loving beauties are easily one of my favorite summer-blooming bulbs! My mostly shaded property has allowed me to experiment with the various begonia varieties, which I have grown increasingly fond of over time. At the garden...
Top 10 New Bulbs and Perennials for 2019 Spring Planting

Top 10 New Bulbs and Perennials for 2019 Spring Planting

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it is the year 2019 already! It seems like 1999 and Y2K was just yesterday, but that is now 20 years ago. I suppose time flies when you are having fun! I have the most fun spending time out in nature and in the garden exploring new plant varieties....
10 Steps to Growing Tête à Tête Daffodils in Pots

10 Steps to Growing Tête à Tête Daffodils in Pots

Tête à Tête Dwarf Daffodil: World’s Most Delightful Yellow Flower I see them in my local grocery store’s floral department, on websites like Holland Bulb Farms available for fall planting, and for sale as pre-chilled bulbs from retailers like Tulip World! What is this most popular daffodil for indoor forcing and growing in pots? It is...
Celebrating Small Business Saturday

Celebrating Small Business Saturday

Late November is an exciting time of the year, and could arguably be the most wonderful time. It’s the beginning of the holiday season, with the ever popular Thanksgiving kicking off the season. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy a meal together and reflect on the past year while thinking...
Give the Gift of Blooming Bulbs

Give the Gift of Blooming Bulbs

It is the season for family, food, friends, sharing, caring and more than likely also the season for gift giving. Thanksgiving meals with family to holiday parties with co-workers and family, there always seem to be a reason to celebrate. While gift giving is not always required on these special occasions, it is a nice...
7 Reasons November is the Best Time to Plant Bulbs

7 Reasons November is the Best Time to Plant Bulbs

November, the month for giving thanks, leaves falling, cooking soup, football, craft fairs and major changes in weather.   Living in Wisconsin when I think of this eleventh month of the year those are the things I most associate with November. Another activity I often partake in during the month of November is planting my fall...