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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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...
Paperwhites: 5 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Paperwhites: 5 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Paperwhites are some of the easiest flower bulbs for indoor forcing. Besides amaryllis, paperwhite bulbs rank as the best choice for people who are forcing blooms in their home. While they are among the easiest bulbs to grow inside they are also among the most fragrant of blooms for indoor forcing. The fragrance is a...
Amaryllis Care: 6 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Amaryllis Care: 6 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Easy to Grow Blooms for Your Home Growing plants indoors is not always the easiest thing to do. Even people who have a green thumb can watch their thumb turn black when they try to grow a potted plant inside their home. I speak from personal experience on this; I tend to be able to...
Best Spring Blooms for Vases and Fragrance

Best Spring Blooms for Vases and Fragrance

Get Fragrant Blooms for Inside and Outside for up to 90 days! My favorite online flower bulb supplier Holland Bulb Farms has released their top 24 fall planted flower bulbs for cutting gardens and scented gardens. 12 fall planted bulb varieties were selected as the best for cut flowers, and 12 flower fall planted bulb...
Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

You, like me, like most gardeners want a bounty of beautiful blooms in their spring garden. You have made your purchase, received your flower bulbs, got your shovel ready, amended your soil and are ready to plant.  But then out of nowhere you hear this chirping sound coming from the maple tree nearby, but it’s...
When Is the Best Time to Plant Fall Bulbs?

When Is the Best Time to Plant Fall Bulbs?

Am I late? Did I miss the planting season? Perhaps you were at your local home store or garden center over the weekend, making your plans for the fall season and you noticed tulips, daffodils and other fall bulbs lining the store shelves. Maybe you started to wonder if you should have had your fall...
So just what IS Red Ribbon Week?

So just what IS Red Ribbon Week?

I’ve heard the term “Red Ribbon Week” many times in the past but it wasn’t until recently that I really learned what it was. For those of you who, like me, may have heard of this event but only have a vague idea of what it is, I thought I’d fill you in. Red Ribbon...
Guide to Using Tulip Bulbs as Wedding Favors

Guide to Using Tulip Bulbs as Wedding Favors

Congratulations! The big day it’s coming up soon, and we haven’t even congratulated you yet! If you have come to this post about using tulip bulbs as wedding favors you may be either recently engaged, the mother of a future bride or groom, a matron of honor or a wedding planner. Therefore a congratulations on...
Top 7 Bearded Iris for 2018

Top 7 Bearded Iris for 2018

Endless Color Combinations All the colors! It seems that if you can think of a color or combination of colors you can find it in a bearded iris bloom. Bearded Iris bloom in colors not often seen in the garden. You can find true blue iris, red iris, as well as dark purple that is...
5 Considerations for Bearded Iris: New and Existing Planting Areas

5 Considerations for Bearded Iris: New and Existing Planting Areas

Bearded Iris in all the colors of the rainbow! I have always had a love hate relationship with bearded iris. As I get older, I find myself enjoying the array of colors bearded iris offer in the late spring garden more and more. Growing up, there was always a random grouping of bearded iris planted...
How to Plant Fall Bare Root Perennials

How to Plant Fall Bare Root Perennials

Fall is a time for activity Fall is a special and magical time of the year for outdoor activities.  Casual outdoor activities with your family like a visit to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard, or a crisp fall hike are a great way to enjoy the season.  One of our favorite outdoor activities is...

Bulb Bargain: Fingerling Potatoes

If you’re looking to add some function to your small backyard garden or apartment patio, try some fingerling potatoes. These petite spuds do great in partial shade and don’t require much space to thrive. And when they’re grown, they can also make for a real quick and easy meal. They can be used as an...