Planted a bunch of different bulbs in the early Fall...didn't mark them, and
now I have beautiful greenery coming up, but can't for the life of me
remember what I planted!
Should be a very interesting Spring, LOL! Maybe I should invest in some
cheap plant markers?
remember planting those THERE, ya know what I mean? <gbseg>
madgardener up on the ridge, back in Faerie Holler, overlooking English
Mountain (with Winter reeeeaaallly trying to come back, despite the Spring
insistance), in Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36
I plant in drifts, and sketch them out on paper as I go. I also leave a
small tag in the ground for each drift.
Do you plan out the appearance in your head to any level?
BTW are there any comments or experience on Tulipa Kaufmanniana or Greigii?
The wild kaufmanniana is fully fertile, naturalizes well, returns year
after year, produces attractive seed-pods. I have a happy little patch of
them, & they're just as showy as the hybridized kaufmannianas. So far as I
know most of the others also perennialize but do not all naturalize in the
self-seeding sense. With the explosion of new cultivars in recent years, I
am not surprised if they are becoming less capable of fully perennializing
as they get further & further from their botanical origin; but the few
varieties I possess do come back every year (but some are only in their
second or third year in the garden & I may be disappointed in them in the
future if Ann is right -- but the unhybridized wild ones, which if I
recall I got from Oddyssey bulbs, those were the first kaufmannianas I
ever planted, & they have never disappointed).
The greigii I've had the longest is 'Red Riding Hood' & when I dug those
up to move them after their first location got too shady over time, I had
dozens of bulbs where I'd planted very few, & right now there are greigii
leaves popping up in the old location because I couldn't find all the
bulblets two years ago (I doubt those will ever flower, it's now even
darker in that location with shrubs growing so much). I was under the
impression most greigiis produce offsets easily, but I haven't as yet
lifted any of the others to see for myself. They all seem at least to have
fully perennialized, except for one patch that I tried for drought
tolerance in a xeriscape location & they did lousy, cooked right in the
soil. The rest have yet to disappoint. Several (if not most?) of the
greigiis produce seedpods too, but do not grow true from seeds. I can't
just now recall if any of mine ever had seed pods though, I failed to jot
that down in my garden diary-database if they did, & my memory doesn't
hold everything like it once seemed to.
-paghat the ratgirl
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Nope, I just buy them, and start trying to remember where there are other
bulbs amongst the perennials and plant them in pockets here and there. When
then come up I'm pleased. If I lose a few, that's just nature and life. I
fill the empty spot with other things later on. My largest bulb mistake was
planting a huge assortment in layers in the bed under what is now the
Jackmanii clematis vine that grows over the old grapevine. when the
crowding took a large portion of the bulbs, I replanted other things.
Anemone live in the spot now with a few stray survivors in the bulb field.
Smeagol has dug a piece of that bed and now I have to replant it with
something else. Things always change, I just hope the Corydalis survived
the digging........it was the yellow variety and reseeds quite nicely now in
I love the Kaufmannia's and Greigii's. The best Greigii for me here in
Eastern Tennessee is Red Riding Hood and Toronto. Striped and mottled
burgundy leaves on the green is a nice change and the bulbs are perennial
and return with a little bulb food each fall to suppliment them. The
Kaufmannia I grow is the lily tulips and I also successfully grow some of
the species tulips. Tarda, Little Princess, Cynthiana (a yellow with red
striped lily that I suspect is a Kauf tulip) and Pinnochio. As much as I
love Queen of the Night, she isn't perennial for me, nor are the peony
tulips and parrot tulips. I don't grow them anymore as they wow me the
first year and don't mature a blossom bud the next year and thereafter.
I've learned to treat some like the tender annuals that some are.
My opinion only, of course.
ain't no gopher around these here beds too much, I have five cats and two
dawgs nosing around all the time (Piquito, Polluxx and Pest are great game
kitties for the skurrying critters) <g> I'm sure I lose a few or some get
moved a little by Chip and Dale, but most of them live in the woods and
pastures and give this little holler and gardens a wide berth because of the
The foliage of different types of spring flowering bulbs is distinctive.
You should be able to tell the difference between the tulips, daffodils,
crocus, hyacinth, etc. almost immediately after they start to emerge. The
color of the flowers is a different story.
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