Thursday, January 22, 2009

BULBS GALORE


On Saturday the Texas Flower Bulb Society held their Spring sale at Zilker Gardens. Spurred on by wonderful photographs of colorful flowering bulbs on various garden blogs I thought it time my garden had a gift! Although I had a few narcissi that was about it until this year when I received a wonderful gift of Oxblood lilies from Zanthan Gardens. Can't wait to see them flower next fall.
Now I have added
Giant Snowflake-Leucojum.
Two varieties of species tulip- Tulipa clusiana " Lady jane" and Tulipa saxatalis. These tulips are perfect for the rock garden and both naturalize.
Two varieties of rain lily- Zephyranthus primulina and Habranthus hubispatus.
Finally Lycoris radiata- red surprise lily.
They are all planted in the ground each clump with a tag so I don't forget where I planted them! I hope they like their new home.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, I am so bummed to have missed that sale! Are you on a mailing list or something that'll notify you ahead of time?

    I look forward to see what these look like when they flower-- several varieties are new to me, and I'm gung-ho about any bulb that can naturalize in this climate.

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  2. I signed up for emails from http://www.texasgardener.com/
    It is a great site and lets you know what is going on round and about.

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  3. I've been moving bulbs around in the garden this week - your post makes me want to add varieties! Do you have any hints for oxblood lilies? I've had some in the ground for about 5 years, get a bit of green, but never have had a bloom.

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  4. You are so organized. I have no idea what I planted where. Those bulbs look very healthy.
    Will the tulips still make it this season? I thought Xmas was the latest time for them to go in the ground.
    YMMV. (Your Mileage may vary).
    Jo.

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  5. I'm a longtime gardener, but I'm new to blogging. I ran across your blog today and was so impressed. Your photographs are fantastic, and I look forward to checking out the useful web sites you've listed.
    I live close to Houston (moving here from Minnesota 3 years ago), so I have a lot to learn about Texas gardening. I'll be checking your blog often!

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  6. I didn't know about the sale, either. After seeing how many bulbs you and Linda/CTG came home with it might be safer that I didn't know, Jenny!

    Nice assortment.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  7. Thank you for the welcome message! You mentioned your 5 citrus in one entry. What varieties do you have? I've become very interested in citrus. Last year I bought a blood orange tree, and this year I bought a Satsuma Mandarin "Miho" (both from Dwarf Citrus in Kilgore, TX). I grow them in containers. My only problem has been leaf miners -- I'm still trying to find an effective way to contol them.

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  8. Mary Beth- As this is my first year with Oxblood lilies I'm afraid I can't give any advice. From all accounts they seem to be pretty easy to grow. Zanthan Gardens would be a more knowledgeable source of information. She dug some up as they were starting to flower and I kept them in the house in water until they finished then planted them in the garden. They are in a spot which receives only partial sun. I'll have to wait and see what happens in the fall.
    Joco- I was told by the "bulb expert" on site that day that the species tulips would flower this year. I hope.
    Annie- I did spend quite a bit- what you might call impulse buying. I was totally unprepared as I had parked over at the High School and walked over with the intention of continuing round the lake afterwards. Well that was impossible carrying a large pot of rain lilies and all the other bulbs.
    Texas Tammy- I have Meyer lemons, they are the best lemon; thin skinned juicy and delicious. Mexican lime and Persian lime, kumquat and calamondin. All are in pots which is getting to be quite a chore. I would have thought you could plant yours in the ground. In the more sheltered spots of Austin people are growing in the ground. I just seem to have a very cold spot at my house.

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  9. I hope you show these when they flower. Every year I plan to buy and plant bulbs, and every year I put it off until it's too late. I guess I don't want to get started on another plant family to learn about. I do like the results though!
    Aiyana

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