Saturday, November 14, 2009

Not much gardening going on.

Fall Bulb planting

The gardening ended October 10th with four inches of snow. The aftermath has been cleanup from leaf drop and flower bed cleanup from dead foliage. Here in this picture the flower bed is being prepared for Spring bulb planting. Space for the 60 daffodils and the 30 tulips really doesn't take all that long. As you can see the leaf drop continues which makes it the fourth time to rake and use leaves for mulch and compost.

A quick inspired trip to Lowe's nets clearance sale bulbs for the prepared bed. Just a little work in the fall will pop with beauty in the Spring time. The plan is to over plant this area with day lilies in the Spring. Usually by June the Spring bulb display is done and by July the area is back to dirt which makes for a dismal display area the rest of the summer. Day lilies will pick perk up the display just as the tulip and daffodil starting winding down. That's the plan anyway.

Here's the bulbs all laid out and ready to be planted the proper depth of 6 inches with the pointy side up. I can't tell you how many bulbs I've planted the wrong way. It just seems natural that the pointy side should go down, but it's wrong. The next couple days have a weather forecast of rain which should be good for the bulbs. Then it's mulch up all those leaves you saw in the first picture and use it to cover up the bulbs with a protective blanket until Spring. When the weather breaks in the Spring, off comes the blanket and wait for the display to begin. Hopefully, that's how it will work.

I couldn't find any Crocus at Lowe's or any other place
including Mulhall's nursery. I really like Crocus because it's always the first up in the Spring even if they have to come up through the snow. I haven't had any Spring time flowers since I put in the poor man's patio last year. I really missed them this Spring. Anyway I went to ebay to find more bulbs. I have 120 Crocus and another 12 Tulips on the way. According to Jerry Baker, a master gardener that has written many gardening books, Crocus can be planted right in the lawn and usually by the time they are done with flowering the yard will need it's first mow down, which he claims will not hurt them for the next year. What a novel idea. I'm going to try that out and see how it works.

Next year should be an exciting year for gardening. I haven't even started thinking about what to do with the poor man's patio's living wall. The living wall is the main picture of the blog.

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