The dreaded disease, Bulbmania, struck Rosehaven and me. I blame it on Elizabeth, from Gardening While Intoxicated and one of my Plurkettes. All of her plurks and posts about bulbs made me sick with bulbenvy, a precursor to full blown mania.
We do the family Easter celebration at our house every spring, so I always plant some bulbs in the front garden, but this year . . . .
The bulk of the bulbs started arriving this week in sweet little boxes which belie how many plants are inside. I’ve dug so many holes (well, between kid stuff anyway) that I’m starting to feel like my Labrador, Prancer. I ordered from Old House Gardens, the Southern Bulb Company and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs too.
Later, as I strolled through Target, I simply had to walk down the Smith & Hawken aisle. Who knew they would also have bulbs? They were on an endcap, and they were on sale! So, I bought more tulips, daffodils and alliums. While at our local nursery, I tried to resist the bulb aisles, but they called to me, sighing “Plant me . . . plant me.”
Here’s some of what we have so far.
Brent & Becky sent: Tulipa, ‘Orange Emperor,’ Tulipa, ‘Salmon Pearl’, Tulipa ‘Maytime,’ Tulipa ‘Purple Prince,’ Tulipa ‘Acropolis,’ Tulipa ‘Dynasty,’ and Tulipa ‘Purple Dream.’ These are going in the front bed with the angel statue where I planted blue and yellow last year. On Easter, the front garden will be awash with shades of orange and purple. Complementary colors are my favs.
But, wait, there’s more: Narcissus bulbocodium conspicuus, a/k/a Hoop Petticoats, Erythronium tuolumnense, Tuolumne fawnlily (I don’t remember ordering that. Perhaps it was a gift.) Narcissus ‘Smiling Sun,’ and Tulipa ‘Garant’ were part of sampler garden #17, a great way to buy bulbs.
Influenced heavily by Southern Living’s Grumpy Gardener, I ordered Roman Blue Hyacinth, Gladiolus byzantinus (Byzantine Glad), and Narcissus jonquilla, ‘Early Louisiana.’ On my own, I bought ‘Negro Boy’ Crocus, which has an unfortunate name reflective of its old garden status, but is also a beautiful dark purple. This was my second order from Old House Gardens.
From Target came two packages of tulips containing the white ‘Purissima’ and ‘Pink Impression’ with pink ‘Ollioules.’ It’s good to buy tulips on sale in Oklahoma because they don’t like to come back and should be grown here as annuals. These will go in the back garden, but I’m not sure where.
Uh oh, I’ve reached the “I don’t know where they will go stage.” I also got two packages of Narcissi ‘Geranium,’ ‘Yellow Cheerfulness,’ ‘Jetfire’ and Camaliculatus. Again, I don’t know where I’m putting these either. I also bought some Scilla siberica bulbs while I was at TLC Nursery. I think I’ll plant those in a layer on top of the tulips like Becky Heath suggested in Oklahoma Gardener this month.
Well, now you know why I haven’t been posting much this week. If you’d like to visit after church, I’ll be out in the garden planting loads and loads of bulbs. Add to that the orange and purple violas I have for bulb companions, and you can see I’m swamped. Come on over . . . I could use the help.