So many choices! And so many enticing bulbs in box stores right now. For so many reasons, I buy bulbs only from specialty bulb farms — the best value and the best chance for success and joy. Here’s a list of the sure to flower bulbs being planted at Historic Columbia today.
Click on the links in the list below to see bulb descriptions on the page of a North Carolina bulb farms. And look at the pics at the bottom of the post. To weave bulbs together, plant then sow seeds of some of our favorite greens and flowers (links below).
Narcissus Rijvelds Early Sensation The earliest daffodil flower for us — sometimes in January or late Feb. This is a single, yellow trumpet; a classic daffodil.
Narcissus Hillstar makes bouquets of flowers typical of what many of us call jonquils. Flowers in late March. (photo below)
Narcissus Thalia’s delicate white flowers come in mid-March. (photo below)
Narcissus Carlton has big, yellow trumpets — what may of us think of when we think Daffodil. (photo below)
Anemone coronaria l love this little bulb for its emerald green mound of leaves, a great contrast to other bulbs, and tons of flowers in March and April. Stick with this species as other falter in the South. I always soak them in water for 8 hours before I plant— and make sure they have rich dirt.
Allium Gladiator is one of the few big, purple ball allium that thrives in the south. It’s the latest to flower of all these bulbs. It looks great with a bed of mustard green leaves under it; and they’ll add late yellow flowers to compliment the purple balls.
Dutch Iris take us into the full glory of spring, flowering around the first week of April. I’m planting mixed colors this year—white, blue, yellow. (photo below)
To give the bulbs some greenery to grow through and a few flowers, we seeded in a mix of Scarlet Frills Mustard, Gold Streak Mustard and Pastel Toadflax — definitely one of the must have, joyful flowers of spring.
Easy planting method and a few more bulb suggestions nicely explained by Marriana Green of Dallas Morning News garden writer.
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