You really can start planting for the new year between Christmas and New Year's day! Continuing on my big bold bulb experiment (see "Summer to Fall" here), I finally got my act together, found a few hours and got some glorious spring and summer bulbs into the ground yesterday before it got really cold out here on Long Island. I even made a little movie of me shivering in the rain. :)
Working with my friends at Dig Drop Done (a organization devoted to espousing bulbs year round), they helped me plan an assortment of bulbs that will come up constantly from spring through mid summer, completing my quest of easy stunning flowers almost year round. Now all I have to do is sit back and wait.
The first thing I needed was my planogram (see above) which outlined how to spread the bulbs through my boxes so that they would range in height and timing throughout the six month span I'm trying to hit. Second, I needed my depth chart (see below).
It took a lot of getting acquainted with lots of different plant names, and I want to list them all out for you here below so you can see them clearly.
It took me about two hours to plant all these bulbs (it was a lot), but it was fun and not hard. I just needed to dig trenches to the right depth and spread out the bulbs. Whenever I had too many bulbs, I trenched laterally as well to keep them more spread out.
Check out the movie clip below!
I laid the bags of bulbs out in their beds the night before and found a deer had broken in and was eating them the next day. Luckily he hadn't been in there for very long!
The day after I planted I could see his footprints back in the beds, but he didn't seem to want to put his nose down under the soil. I'll fix the fence tomorrow and then all will be safe for the year.
Check out my first step, Summer to Fall, if you haven't already. The experiment is to see how far I can take bulbs and have flowers nearly year round with only a few easy plantings.
- Crocus - Giant Mixed
- Daffodil - Tete a tete
- Daffodil (Lg Cupped) - Ice Follies
- Fritillaria - Lutea Maxima
- Tulip (Fringed) Maja
- Tulip (Triumph) - Don Quichotte
- Daffodil (Trumpet) - Mount Hood
- Daffodil (Trumpet) - California
- Tulip (Darwin Hybrid) - Pink Impression
- Tulip (Darwin Hybrid) - Ollioules
- Anemone Blue, Pink White Shades
- Daffodil (Trumpet/Lg. Cupped) Mixed
- Tulip (Kaufmanniana) - Stresa
- Tulip (Double Late) - Blue Diamond
- Tulip (Double Late) - Miranda
- Allium - Purple Sensation
- Tulip (Single Late) - Pastel Mixed
- Tulip (Lily Flowering) - White Triumphator
- Tulip (Lily Flowering) - Ballerina
- Allium - Gladiator