Sure it’s the middle of August, but now is when you want to think about planting bulbs in the fall. Online retailers are ready to take your order. I know because I just gave mine.
I ordered Tulips, of course. This fall I intend to plant most of the Tulips in the ground, rather than in containers. They’ll be in the Driveway Border, along the path to the front door. Also in several spots I’ve identified in the Parkway Bed. Whatever is left over will go in containers.
In making the Tulip and Daffodil selections, I used the book Colour Your Garden, by Jacqueline van der Kloet, who helped design the bulb plantings at the Lurie Garden.
The book lists a number of Tulip varieties that she has found to be more perennial than most hybrids. Fortunately, the list includes some of our old favorites. We ended up ordering 40 each of five varieties:
- ‘Couleur Cardinal’, an Early Single colored red and plum.
- ‘Princess Irene’, another Early Single, orange with purple flames.
- ‘Ballerina’, an orange Lily Flowering Tulip.
- ‘Helmar’, a tall Triumph Tulip with vertical red and yellow flames.
- ‘Parade’, a Giant Darwin Hybrid with bright red flowers. Both ‘Parade’ and ‘Helmar’ are new to our garden.
We’re going to interplant the Tulips with Daffodils as an act of rabbit resistance. Rabbits and other critters can’t eat Narcissi, so we’re hoping that they will keep away if they are thoroughly mixed in with the Tulips on a 1:1 ratio. We used Jacqueline’s book also in making the following Daffodil selections:
- ‘Hawera’, a diminutive Triandrus Narcissus with 2+ dainty yellow flowers per stem.
- ‘Pheasant’s Eye’, a variety of Poeticus Daffodil whose white flowers have small yellow cups edged in red. Another plant I was compelled to buy after seeing it at the Lurie Garden.
- ‘Sailboat’, a Jonquilla Narcissus bearing up to 6 white flowers with pale yellow cups. All 3 of these varieties are fragrant.
After ordering 200 Tulips and 200 Daffodils you might think that I was done, but you would be wrong. However, I won’t write about the rest of my bulb order right now, as I don’t want you to think I got carried away.
Have you placed an order for bulbs yet? If not, what are you waiting for?
Before closing, I just want to mention again that you can find me on instagram as @jasonkay3490.