Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today's Bulbs and those of Spring

It's time to think about planting bulbs for spring and forcing some for winter color inside.

Meantime, fall bulbs put a splash of brilliant color into the landscape.

Oxblood Lilies (Rhodophiala bifida) and chartreuse alternanthera survived recent dought.

A closer look at emerging Oxblood Lilies
These need dividing and moving to make a grander show.


Lycoris radiata are blooming, too.

L. radiata with Porterweed and pentas in the upper garden.

A close up view of L. radiata. The yellow did not bloom.

Now I have to review last spring's pics to see where there are spaces to fill with spring-blooming bulbs. If I had spaces with specific bulbs in mind, those would already be on order. Some years I wait for late bulb sales. Last year I thought the hyacinths were the best show of spring but there are never too many daffodils.

There are some amaryllis getting ready to die back that failed to bloom this spring. I want to dig those, let them rest and force for winter bloom. The big peach color amaryllis that I bought last fall has grown on, died back in its pot and will soon be ready to start again for Christmas bloom.