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Judy G. Russell
September 27th, 2005, 10:01 PM
Okay... I want spring flowers. I want daffodils and crocuses and tulips and other pretty things.

What do I order, when do I order 'em and who do I order 'em from? (I'm in zone 6, I think, in NJ.)

Lindsey
September 27th, 2005, 11:18 PM
Okay... I want spring flowers. I want daffodils and crocuses and tulips and other pretty things.

What do I order, when do I order 'em and who do I order 'em from? (I'm in zone 6, I think, in NJ.)
You mean you don't get deluged with catalogs in your junk mail?

My favorite catalog for drooling over has always been White Flower Farm (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/flower-bulbs.html), but they're a bit expensive.

Some others you might consider:

Spring Hill Nursery (http://springhillnursery.com/category.asp_Q_c_E_9)

Park Seed (http://www.parkseed.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10101&langId=-1&mainPage=homebulbs)

Bluestone Perennials (http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/mumoverview2.html?id=JFhEbWRf)

The first two are catalogs that appear in just about everybody's junk mail. Not a lot of variety, but they're also not very expensive, and what they sell is the stuff that grows for just about anybody. Good for people new to gardening.

As to what to plant: plant what appeals to you. I think crocuses are nice, because they bloom in the snow, and the come back year after year after year with little work on your part. Daffodils are pretty reliable, too, but they need to be planted deeply, so if your ground is hard, that might be a consideration. Tulips are beautiful, but here they are only good for one year, and they also have to be planted fairly deeply, and with the hard clay around here, I'm not convinced they're worth it.

For any of the above, plant in generous clumps--more bang for the buck that way.

Warning: Squirrels are notorious bulb stealers, and I'm not sure there's much you can really do about them. They have the nasty habit of digging them up and taking one bite before discarding them. :mad:

I'm a big fan of irises. Dutch iris (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/201320-product.html) are nice; so are Siberian iris (http://www.iriscitygardens.com/siberian1.html) -- very easy maintenance, but I think both of those may have to be planted in the spring. (The catalog won't offer them in the wrong season, so if they're available, go ahead and order them.) And of course, the many varieties of the bearded iris (http://www.schreinersgardens.com/page/SIGO/CTGY/TBI) are just yummy. I know those can be planted in the fall.

I like peonies, too. They go very nicely with irises, and they're fairly easy to plant, because you just barely cover them with dirt. They'll take a few years after you plant them before they bloom, though. (And they won't bloom at all if you plant them too deeply.) Some peonies can be dreadfully expensive, but you can get less expensive ones at a local garden shop, and they'll be strikingly beautiful, too.

Order ASAP--for spring blooms, you'll want to get them in the ground very soon.

--Lindsey

Judy G. Russell
September 27th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Order ASAP--for spring blooms, you'll want to get them in the ground very soon.Thanks, Lindsey!! I really to want to plant some stuff this fall -- I have one small patch of crocuses in the back that I just adore in the spring -- ANYTHING to give a bit of color after the long cold winter. And next spring I'd like to have a bit more than that (and drat it all one of the two azaleas I planted this year succumbed to the drought and my rhododenron may not make it either... sigh...).

Dan in Saint Louis
September 28th, 2005, 10:46 AM
I have one small patch of crocuses in the back
If they have been there long, dig them up and separate the bulbs -- there will be more than you planted. Bury the new pieces wherever you like. Ours are scattered at random over the entire front yard, AKA "naturalized".

Judy G. Russell
September 28th, 2005, 05:14 PM
These were there before I ever got there, but I don't think there are enough to scatter -- only a single patch of about 8 or 10. I want LOTS more color than that next spring!!

Judy G. Russell
October 4th, 2005, 12:16 AM
I have no idea what I'm doing, but I just ordered roughly a kazillion tulips and daffodils and crocuses and a bulb planter. I'm either going to have lots of lovely spring flowers... or prove for once and for all that I have no business whatsoever trying to grow anything!

Lindsey
October 4th, 2005, 10:43 PM
Good luck with the bulb planter--I always did better with a trowel, but that was partly because the ground here is just damned hard. I've bent many a trowel trying to dig through it.

Be sure to take lots of pictures come spring--I'll be anxious to see how it works out!

--Lindsey