Ordering Bulbs for Fall Planting
At the beginning of the week I finally got in my order for bulbs to plant this fall. Once again, I used my favorite source for bulbs, John Scheeper’s. The order was mostly bulbs I had planted before, but I am also trying out some new selections.
First, the tulips for containers. Basically I ordered the same tulips we had tried last year. However, I ordered more of our favorites from this current year.
Most of those favorites were had mixed colors. Of all of this year’s tulips, I thought ‘World Expression’ was the most beautiful. This is surprising because I was not enthusiastic about it based on the picture in the catalogue. ‘World Expression’ has red striping on cream-colored petals.
Other favorite tulips were ‘Flair’, ‘Rainbow Warrior’, and ‘West Point.’ ‘Flair’ has red petals edged with golden yellow. ‘Rainbow Warrior’ has golden yellow petals edged with red. ‘West Point’ is a lily flowering yellow tulip.
Other varieties we ordered included ‘Coleur Cardinal’ (an early scarlet and plum-colored tulip), ‘Kingsblood’ (deep red), and ‘Sunny Prince’ (a light yellow).
All our hybrid tulips are grown as annuals in containers. These varieties include a mix of heights and early to late season bloom times.
Since I removed the Spirea vanhoutei shrubs at the northeast corner of the house, I now have a new area I can fill with bulbs. For this spot I wanted to stick with a blue and yellow color scheme. For blue, I ordered Scilla sibirica ‘Spring Beauty’. Scillas have small blue flowers that need to be planted in large drifts to be appreciated. Fortunately they are good naturalizers, since I only ordered 100. We already have patches of this bulb in both front and back.
We’re also trying a bulb that is totally new for us: Spanish Bluebells ‘Excelsior’ (Hyacinthoides hispanica). This bulb has dangling blue flowers on 12″ stems, and is supposed to be a good naturalizer.
The Scilla blooms in April and the Bluebells in May, so I have ordered a variety of shorter daffodils to bloom with each of them. ‘Baby Moon’ grows to just 7″ tall and blooms in May. ‘Little Gem’ blooms in April and is even shorter at 6″.
Another new bulb I’m going to try is Hyacinth orientalis ‘Blue Jacket’. I love the fragrance of Hyacinthis, and I’m planting these in containers that I’ll keep on the front porch so we can smell them on our way out the door.
Finally, I’m ordering two kinds of lilies. Despite the fact that they died on me this year, I’m going to get a few more ‘Casa Blanca’ Oriental lilies and see if my luck improves. In addition, I’m going to try the Orienpet lily ‘Conca D’Or’. ‘Casa Blanca’ is pure white, ‘Conca D’Or’ is yellow.
So that’s it. I hope I got enough.
Have you ordered any bulbs for fall planting yet?