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Paint your own Rembrandt

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Do you know about “Rembrandt Tulips?”  They’re some of the oldest of them all.  Named after the 16th Century hybrids which were some of the earliest efforts of the Dutch tulip growers, they are the ones that touched off “Tulipomania.”  It was an astonishing financial craze in Holland over the …

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Secrets from the Pros

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

When you see those mouthwatering photos from Holland, ever wonder how the pros do all that?  Well, there a few things they do and most of us don’t.  It’s amazing how easy it is to plant bulbs like a pro. 1. Plant them close together, not spaced out! Nothing’s more …

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Picking Types of Tulips

Monday, September 25th, 2017

It’s easy.  Don’t be confused by all the “classes” or types of tulips.  All you need to know is that the major groups bloom at different times, in succession, just like a flower parade.  So it’s important. When we say “Early Spring” that means early spring in your area, (A …

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Remember King Alfred?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

When it comes to daffodils, King Alfred  was king of them all for decades, especially in the USA.  Just ask your mom or grandmother—they’ll remember King Alfred Daffodils, always the one to plant, famous since its introduction early in the 1900’s. The Netherland Flower Bulb Center keeps scores on these …

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“Naturalizing” Daffodils

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

“Naturalizing” is simply a big word meaning planting something outside the flower garden.  With daffodils, it’s usually in woodland, since they’ll be happy in any unprepared soil—yes, you can plant them anywhere, sun or shade, and in whatever soil is there (except in wet spots or under dense evergreens). If …

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Don’t Forget Hyacinths

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Don’t forget Hyacinths, the bulbs with the big perfume, and an alluring history. The “other” major bulb for spring glory is the Hyacinth. It was made famous by Madame Pompadour, Louis XV’s favorite mistress at Versailles from 1741 until her death. As history tells us, she was a woman who knew …

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Fall Flowers and the No. 1 Gardening Book All About Them

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Is your garden (and maybe the gardener) tired when fall rolls around?  Well, it’s historically the most typical thing among gardeners to sort of give up after August.  After all, you’ve already done a great job with your Tulips, Daffodils, Irises, Peonies, and maybe Roses, but that’s all about spring.  …

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