When Is the Best Time to Plant Fall Bulbs?

When Is the Best Time to Plant Fall Bulbs?

Am I late? Did I missing 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...
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...
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...
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...
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: 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,...
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...
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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Recipe Contest, 2nd Place Winners

Recipe Contest, 2nd Place Winners

I’m excited to share with you our second place winning recipes in each category today… 2nd Place in Vegetable Category: Grilled Irish Cheddar Waffle Sandwiches with Onion and Apple Relish  from Nicole Filizetti from Stevens Point, WI Ingredients6 T butter at room temperature, divided 1 tart apple, peeled and sliced 1/2 small red onion, slivered 1/4 tsp. thyme...
2015 Recipe Contest Winners

2015 Recipe Contest Winners

Today marks the official end of our 2015 Homegrown Recipe Contest…and what a contest it was! We had recipes of all types, sizes, and styles submitted from Grape Salsa, to Smokey Squash Soup, to Potato Cheesecake, and Roasted Eggplant Poasta! It is always so difficult to decide on the top 3 recipes in each category,...
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...
How to Divide Daylilies

How to Divide Daylilies

Daylilies are a true workhorse in the garden, they are easy to grow, come in an array of colors and many varieties bloom for nearly the entire summer. For a beginner gardener, planting daylilies is a great choice as you will not be disappointed in your efforts and the results produced by these garden gems.  Daylilies...
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: 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...
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...
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...