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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Organic Sprouts 101

Organic Sprouts 101

What are sprouts? Sprouts are tiny immature plants grown without soil.  Alfalfa and sandwich booster mix make a wonderful addition to any sandwich or salad. We have other sprouts that make a great garnish to any entree, like crunchy bean mix and ancient eastern blend. Visit our sprouting seed page for more sprouts! Why grow sprouts? Growing...
Mount Hood Daffodils 101

Mount Hood Daffodils 101

Oh my, Mount Hood, what a sight to see!  I was fortunate enough to utter these words twice this past year. The first time was when I was visiting family in Oregon; we got an overhead view of Mount Hood from the plane as we entered the Portland Airport and then an up close view...
Tips for Planting Bareroot Roses

Tips for Planting Bareroot Roses

Roses are a very rewarding garden treat. If planted in the correct location, the work to keep them looking beautiful can be minimal. We hope you will try to your hand at a beautiful rose bush in your garden this year. Tips for planting Bareroot Roses: Plant as soon as you can after receiving the...
Bareroot Roses 101

Bareroot Roses 101

Roses are one of the most loved flowers in the world, and are the most popular flower in the United States. Roses can take many forms; bushy, tall, miniature and can even climb fences. Roses are a popular choice for Valentine Day bouquets and many other special occasions. Roses are also popular garden plants, and...
A Walk thru Milwaukee Gardens

A Walk thru Milwaukee Gardens

As an e-commerce business that sells flower bulbs – when Spring time rolls around, you can bet that we head to nearby gardens to take in the beautiful spring blooms! Every time we visited this Spring we saw something different yet breathtaking. The first time we were greeted with an abundance of Daffodils. Yellow Dutch...
Bulb Bargain: The President Canna

Bulb Bargain: The President 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, it WILL happen! — I...
Hosta Design 101

Hosta Design 101

Hosta plants may quite possibly be the most recognized shade loving perennial, and there are good reasons for it. Whether you pronounce is ho-sta or ha-sta, it doesn’t really matter; what matters is if you have shade and are looking to diversify it – consider adding some of these shade loving easy to grow perennials...
Recipe Contest, 3rd Place Winners

Recipe Contest, 3rd 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: Roasted Vegetables and Quinoa Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard...
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...