Monday, February 22, 2010

More Bulbalicious Beauties!

An over the top view of Tulip 'Monsella'


How did I garden this long without having experienced Narcissus 'Erlicheer'? I'm already making plans to order mass quantities for next year's garden.


Ditto for 'Avalanche"!


No demure nodding of its head for this Leucojum ... it's showing its face for all to see!



My attempt at forcing Hyacinths last year was a dismal failure, so this year's success is that much sweeter.


6 comments:

Gail said...

The cold weather you had might have helped...They look scrumptious Cindy...and I agree 'Erlicheer' is a keeper...I love the fragrance~I think it puts the Paperwhites to shame...They sure don't smell as nice. gail

Rose said...

These are all definitely "bulbalicious," Cindy! The fall before last I planted so many new bulbs, but last year I didn't have time. You've given me reason to scour the catalogs this fall for more new varieties to add. I don't have "Erlicheer," but what a beauty! My first attempt at forcing hyacinth bulbs doesn't look good--I think I put too much water in the vases. I have much better luck with them outside--can't wait to see some popping up here!

Leslie said...

Things look so lovely at Wit's End! I thought an earlier photo showed a more yellow spot on your snowflakes...but they really are green? I thought maybe you had a different variety.

Meadowview Thymes said...

OMG Cindy--what beautiful blooms you have! (I am somewhat jealous!)
Where did you get your bulbs? Mine are starting to come up, but they sure could use some sun!

Cindy, MCOK said...

Gail, I imagine the cold did help. I bought pre-chilled Hyacinths & Tulips from Brent & Becky's, which seems to have been a very good decision.

Rose, I got not one bloom last year from the Hyacinths I tried to force. I'd love to grow them inside just to have that fragrance close by.

Leslie, the dots on the snowflakes are definitely green. They may start out more yellow-green when young, though.

MT, I ordered from Brent & Becky's Bulbs and I will definitely do so again. The Snowflakes were passalongs, though.

NellJean said...

They're lovely, all of them. Buds on my Erlicheer are hardly out of the ground.

You asked about daffodils to naturalize in a lawn. My suggestion is to use the smaller daffodils and the earlier blooming: February Gold, Little Gem, Tete a Tete, Jet Fire and the like. They'll need time to mature before the lawn is mowed. I rake a little line of pine straw so that the-one-who-mows knows not to run over them prematurely. I've even put surveyor's tape where he can see not to mow. In the front yard, I plant little crescents of daffodils on the ends of my berms rather than putting them in the lawn so that neat prevails.