Flower Bulbs 101
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 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...
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 and could hardly believe it...
Caught in a Dahlia Daydream - Planting Dahlias

Caught in a Dahlia Daydream – Planting Dahlias

Known for its vibrant colors and tightly-packed (often large) flower heads, the Dahlia is truly a wonder to behold in the summer garden. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in your garden, as well as different planting techniques and tips for growing them. Classification Dahlias come in a wide range...
Planting Oriental and Asiatic Lilies

Planting Oriental and Asiatic Lilies

Perhaps one of the most well-known bulbs and one of the world’s best cutflowers, both Oriental and Asiatic Lilies are known for their spectacular color displays as well as their often intense, sweet fragrance. In this article, we’ll review the advantages of using these beauties in your garden, as well as different planting techniques and...
Tips for Growing Gladiolus

Tips for Growing Gladiolus

Surprise yourself this summer by growing beautiful gladiolus that can be used for fresh cut flower displays in your home. Gladiolus don’t always have the best reputation, often the first thing a person has to say about gladiolus, is “oh those are the funereal flowers,” right?  Gladiolus are not just for funerals, they make stunning...
Tulip Series: Novelty Tulips

Tulip Series: Novelty Tulips

Fringed Tulips Profile: Bloomtime: Mid Spring Height: 14 – 20″ Petal Shape/Habit: Somewhat smaller than typical, frayed edges 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 first...
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 Perhaps the most desired and...
Tulip Series: Fosteriana Tulips

Tulip Series: Fosteriana Tulips

Profile: Bloomtime: Early Spring Height: 10 – 20″ Petal Shape/Habit: Large, cup-shaped 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 Best known for their immense blooms, Fosteriana Tulips...