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Colourful Companions

By , October 14, 2014

October 14th, 2014

Try these Great Colourful Combinations!

Spring flowering bulbs look their best when planted in combinations. If you are not sure what to plant together our bulbs suppliers have done the work for you. You can choose from a great selection of Colourful Combinations for your garden. This year the selection of Colourful Companions includes the Apple Basket Blend, Prince Trio, Wind and Tide, and Strawberries N Cream.

Cyclamen

By , October 6, 2014

October 6th, 2014

Add Cyclamen to your Fall Garden!

If you are looking for something to replace your summer annuals for fall try the amazing blooms of Cyclamen. These beauties are started from seed in early spring and grow all summer just to produce an amazing show of fall colour. Some varieties of Cyclamen are hardy enough to survive our winters but most of the ones grown are annuals. But don’t let that stop you from planting them. You will find that the annual varieties produce a great show of colour all fall, even through frost.

Cyclamen flower in shades of white, pink, and red and can have simple green leaves or complex variegated leaves with intricate patterns of grey and silver. They are generally easy to grow as they grow best in all purpose potting soil and enjoy being slightly moist which is idea for our wet fall and mild winter. To keep them blooming feed them every week with a water soluble fertilizer like Miracle Gro or 20-20-20.

Snowdrops

By , October 1, 2014

October 1st, 2014

Get the drop on spring with Snowdrops!

Snowdrop bulbs (botanical name Galanthus) are the first bulbs to bloom every spring. Many of them will even push through a layer of snow to flower in your garden. They are one of the best bulbs to plant in your garden, or even your lawn, because they multiply more and more every year. If you start with 20 or 30 bulbs you will almost double the number of bulbs every year. Eventually you can have a carpet of white flowers blooming in your garden every spring.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

October 1st, 2014

Planting Bulbs is as easy as “Dig, Drop, Done”!

If you have never tried growing spring flowering bulbs in the past because you thought they were to much work you might be surprised to find out just how easy they are to grow. All you have to do is Dig a small hole, Drop the bulb into the hole, fill the hole in with soil and a little fertilizer, and you’re Done! Your bulbs grow roots during the winter and will sprout out of the ground next spring. Different bulbs bloom at different times and if you plant a variety of bulbs you can have colourful blooms from February right through June. Some of the most popular varieties include Snowdrops, Crocus, Daffodils, and Tulips. But you can also choose from Alliums, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Hyacinths, Iris, Muscari, and Scilla.

The best time to plant the spring flowering bulbs is during September and October when the weather is normally better. You can also plant during November and December but it might be a bit cold and wet outside. You can plant your bulbs here on the west coast as late as January and still have them flower the following spring although it is not recommended as they might not develop enough roots to bloom properly. 

For more information about planting bulbs visit www.digdropdone.com. Here you will find handy tips and videos to help you.

 

Daffodils

By , September 29, 2014

October 29th, 2014

Grow some Dazzling Daffodils!

Daffodil bulbs, also known as Narcissus, are one of the most spectacular bulb to plant in your garden. They have cheerful yellow blooms in spring, they are perfect to grow in pots or on your garden, and they are squirrel and rabbit resistant. A group of Daffodils can bloom repeatedly in your garden for months in the spring. If you plant them in a sunny location with well drained soil Daffodils will return to bloom again for many years. Our selection still includes over 30 varieties of Daffodils for you to choose from.

The most popular daffodil has to be the King Alfred Daffodil. This variety is indeed the King as it has one of the largest blooms. Growing to between 12 and 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) tall they will produce an abundant grouping of flowers in mid spring (March and April).

Crocus

By , September 22, 2014

September 22nd, 2014

Plant a sea of colour with Crocus bulbs!

Crocus are one of the most popular spring flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. The most common colours are purple, yellow, and white but they also come in several bi-colour or stripped varieties. These little beauties grow to be about 4 to 6 inches tall and produce an abundance of flowers in early spring. If you leave Crocus bulbs in the ground they can grow and bloom again the next year. This is called naturalizing. You can plant them in masses in your garden, or even plant them in your lawn. Just wait until after they have stored enough energy for next year before you mow them down.

Garlic

By , September 15, 2014

September 15th, 2014

Grow your own Garlic!

Vampires beware it’s time to plant garlic. Fall is a great time to plant your garlic crop for next year and growing good garlic is easy. If you just plant the cloves in the ground anytime between September and March and it will probably grow. But if you want to grow large, healthy bulbs, there is more to it. Click here to download our Garlic Growing Tips Information Brochure.

This year you can choose from ten different varieties of garlic, including three varieties of certified organic garlic. They include:

  • Regular White – regular type of white garlic, has a mild flavor
  • Elephant - has large cloves but very mild flavor
  • German Hardneck – A very nice strain for our northern climates. Great for roasting due to large cloves.
  • Legacy - A rocambole type hard neck garlic produces 4 to 6 cloves in a large bulb. Has a strong, full flavour.
  • Mexican Purple – This garlic has a hot flavour when raw, but becomes milder when baked
  • Metechi – Spicy hot flavor, said to grow like a weed and store like a rock
  • Music - Music is large beautiful and a well-formed porcelain garlic. Its flavor is very rich and musky, strong and robust and sticks around for a while.
  • Red - The standard of excellent flavor in rocambole garlic. This is a delightfully mild, full flavored, productive garlic that store very well, present a nice appearance and has an excellent raw flavor
  • Russian Red – A rocambole hardneck garlic with a rich, musky flavour and is very hot when eaten raw. Grows great in the northwest

Fall Trees

By , September 1, 2014

September 1st, 2014

Fall is when trees show their best colours!

Most of the time we take the trees in our garden for granted. We enjoy the shade and the privacy they provide. Fall is when many of those trees show their best colours. The range of red and orange colours seems limitless. If you are looking around your yard and wondering where you can add a bit of colour look up and see if you have space for a tree.

Some of the best trees for fall colour include the Maples, both Japanese and European types. Even the green leaf varieties turn to beautiful yellow, orange and red tones. Other great choices include the Katsura Tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica), Sourwood (Oxydendron), and the Forest Pansy (Cercis).

Fall and Winter Vegetables

September 1st, 2014

It is time to start Your Winter Vegetable Garden!

As the summer begins to wind down you should be thinking about growing winter vegetables. There are many vegetable that you can grow during a west coast winter. You can start them from seed like lettuce, carrots, and radishes. You can also buy plants that are already growing like broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Swiss chard. You can even plant herbs like Sage and Thyme now for a fall or winter harvest.

Fall Flowering Crocus

By , August 30, 2014

August 30th, 2014

Fall Flowering Crocus are Ready to Bloom!

Did you know that there were crocus bulbs that flower in the fall? In fact there are several varieties of the Fall Flowering Crocus that bloom in late September and early October. The most popular are the Colchicum varieties including ‘Album’ (White), ‘The Giant’ (Pink), and ‘Water Lily’ (Double Pink). There is also the Crocus sativus, also known as the Saffron Crocus, and the Crocus Zonatus.

Fall Flowering Crocus are easy to grow and flower profusely and reliably every fall. They naturalize very easily and every few years you can divide them and spread them throughout your garden. They grow best in well drained soil in a partially sunny location.

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