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Sunday, September 7, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every year in September our fall planting, spring blooming flower bulbs arrive. Colourful tulips, delightful daffodils, fragrant hyacinths and dainty crocus are unpacked and made available for purchase. The best part of this task is discovering what the new varieties are for this year. So far, we've seen a nice selection of new tulips, a new daffodil, a handful of interesting crocus and even two new varieties of garlic. So without further ado, here are the new flower bulbs at Arts Nursery for 2014.

New Crocus Varieties

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

This super popular flaming orange crocus was originally available last year in limited quantities and is back again in larger numbers. Black streaks accent the orange flower colour. As a Snow Crocus, it is slightly smaller, growing to only 4 inches in height and flowers in early spring. Narrow green leaves have a silver stripe down the middle. Grow Orange Monarch in full sun and space the bulbs about 2 inches apart.

Yalta Crocus

Yalta Crocus

Yalta is a new variety of naturalizing crocus with flowers that are both white and purple. It sports some of the biggest crocus blooms available. Narrow green leaves have a slivery strip down the middle for added interest. Grows to 4 inches in height and should be planted in full sun. Blooms in early spring.

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

This hard to find variety of Snow Crocus is bi-coloured in shades of white, purple and even a hint of lavender. It is a variety that is good for naturalizing and like many of the others, features green narrow foliage with a silver stripe down the middle. Grow it in full sun and space the bulbs 2 inches apart. Grows to a height of 4 inches

New Tulip Varieties

Tender Whisper Tulip

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

Although it is a Triumph Tulip variety, Tender Whisper looks almost like a lily-flowered tulip. Flowers are unusually shaped and feature a white base blending towards pinkish red near the top. Strong stems make it an excellent cut flower too! Tender Whisper blooms in mid-spring and grows to a height of 18 inches. Plant in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Delight Series Tulips

Delight Series Single Early Tulips

These four Single Early Tulips are available in 4 distinct varieties: Apricot Delight, Candy Apple Delight, Cherry Delight and Rosy Delight. Apricot Delight has flowers that are pink blushed to white. Cherry Delight has mid to dark shades of red. Rosy Delight is mostly pink while Candy Apple featured red, pink and creamy coloured margins. All four varieties are good cut flowers and will grow to a height of 14 inches. They bloom in mid-spring. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Siesta Tulip

Siesta Fringed Tulips

Purple and pink petals edged white with lace-like fringes make Siesta a show stopper. Blooming in late spring, Siesta is a good cut flower reaching to 16 inches in height. Grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Boston Tulip

Boston Triumph Tulips

Boston is a new, attention grabbing two-toned red and yellow tulip that grows to 18 inches in height. An excellent cut flower, it blooms in mid-spring and will also attract bees and hummingbirds with its light fragrance. Like the other tulips, grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Prins Willem Alexander Tulip

Prins Willem Alexander Triumph Tulips

This attractive, orange-coloured Triumph Tulip is named to honour the new King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander. Growing to 20 inches in height on strong stems also makes it suitable as a cut flower variety. Blooms in mid-spring and like the others should be planted in the full sun.

Miami Sunset Tulip

Miami Sunset

Miami Sunset is a gorgeous fringed tulip variety with vivid tropical colours ranging from red, through pink and orange and even a hint of yellow near the base. Distinctive fringed edges add even more interest. Miami Sunset blooms in late spring and will reach a height of 18 inches. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Humilis Tete a Tete Tulip

Humilis Tete a Tete Multiflowering Tulip

Tete a Tete is the first ever double-petalled, multi-flowering tulip. They bloom in mid-spring and very short stems that will only reach 4 inches in height. Flowers are red in colour and can be used as a short cut flower. Each stem will produce 4-6 full sized flowers! They will make quite a display in beds, containers and borders. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Praestans Shogun Tulip

Praestans Shogun Mini Botanical Tulip

This 10 inch high botanical tulip variety produces 3-4 brightly coloured yellow and orange blooms per stem in early to mid-spring. Praestans Shogun creates a woodland look and naturalizes well. It can even form a beautiful floral groundcover when planted close together. They are ideal for rock gardens, containers and borders. As an added bonus, their flowers are extremely long lasting, sometimes holding their flowers for several weeks! Plant in full to part sun and space bulbs 3 inches apart.

New Daffodil Varieties

Smiling Twin Narcissus / Daffodil

Smiling Twin Novelty Narcissus

Smiling Twin is a split-corona Narcissus (or Daffodil) with colours ranging from creamy yellow to lemon yellow near the center. It blooms in mid-spring with a nice fragrance and grows to a height of about 16 inches. Grow in full sun to light shade and space bulbs 6 inches apart. As an added benefit, narcissus are also deer resistant, naturalizing and can attract bees and hummingbirds to your garden.

New Garlic Varieties

Music Garlic

Music Garlic

This hardneck garlic variety has easily peeled cloves, a strong flavor and a luscious lasting after taste. Their cloves are often larger and have less of an outer wrapper. The flavour is pungent, sweet and good and can be quite hot if eaten raw, Like all garlics, Music should be grown in the full sun and spaced about 6 inches apart.

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic is attractive, flavourful and offers plenty of heat if eaten raw. The bulb is white with streaks of reddish purple. This hardneck variety produces larger, but fewer cloves than do the softneck varieties. Garlic is also deer resistant and will also help keep insects and fungal diseases in check. Plant in full sun and space 6 inches apart.

Bulb Planting & Care

The best time to plant bulbs is in the late summer and early fall, just as the autumn rains begin. Choose bulbs that are strong and solid, not mushy. When planting bulbs, dig a hole 2-3 times the height of the bulb and add bonemeal. Drop the bulb into the hole with the pointy side up. Not all bulbs have a pointy side, so do your best to figure out which side is the top. Fill the hole back up with soil and add Bulb Fertilizer on top for extra growth. Space bulbs close together, but not touching. For best effect, create large drifts or swatches of colour instead of planting one here and one there.

You can also plant bulbs in layers in either containers or the garden. It is a good idea to put labels or tags into the area so you remember what you planted! Once bulbs have finished blooming, allow their foliage to die back and yellow naturally. This allows the plant to put energy back into the bulb for next years display. Wait as long as you can before cutting back the foliage.

For best selection, drop by Art’s Nursery this September and choose your bulbs when the selection is at its peak! If you have any questions about these spring blooming bulbs, feel free to visit us in person or give us a call at 604.882.1201


Monday, October 22, 2012
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

appleThus far a pretty darn good front half of October. I’m almost ready to call it even for the soupy June and July!

My apples are doing well and I’m steeling myself for a marathon applesauce making session shortly.

Not that I can’t make other things with all of the heritage varieties that are ripening on my little trees but the family loves sauce!

Where else can you turn a full day of peeling and chopping and canning into litre containers that the walking stomachs (13 year old twins) consume in a matter of days unless I hide some…which I do and no I’m not telling…they have eyes and ears everywhere!

Here is the list and even though you might be raring to go and move stuff in the garden before the real cold hits you might want to take your time and let the ground absorb some of this long awaited rain for a week or two at least!

Leaves and lawnsLawns – Rake the leaves off the grass or you will have dead patches where they’ve smothered out the lawn. You can add the leaves as mulch to the garden beds or keep as a brown layer for the compost or even use if you are creating a new garden bed using the lasagna gardening technique.

Get that last mow in when you can or if you’ve irrigated and your lawn is actively growing. If your lawn is green and not dormant you can still add a fall fertilizer.

You can also aerate, top dress and lime at this time of year if you’ve missed out in the spring or you are taking the war of attrition approach on your lawn as I am.

Trees and shrubs – You can add new ones to your garden any time the ground is not frozen solid. If you want to move existing ones in the garden I’d hold off until the ground absorbs some more moisture and they become dormant if they are deciduous shrubs. If they are evergreens I would still wait until the ground is more saturated.

As for pruning, that is best left until January/February, though you can remove dead, damaged or diseased branches at any time. You can do a bit of a clean up on your roses and hydrangeas and other flowering shrubs if they are flopping over.

Heuchera Frosted VioletGarden beds – You can add new hardy perennials but the same goes for moving perennials as for shrubs…wait until the ground has absorbed some rain before dividing and moving and yes, I know it’s getting late but Mother Nature has decided to throw us a curve ball by shifting the techniques using all of those leaves you’ve just raked to make some new garden beds.

I know you’ve heard me prattle on about it but don’t make your garden beds too tidy, our ground dwelling pollinators rely on those left over stems and perennials to make their winter homes.

Dahlias
If you haven’t already done so, pull the dahlias once they’ve been knocked back by a hard frost. Cut off all the greenery and inspect. Toss any that don’t meet muster and allow the rest of them to dry out in say a garage or a carport. Store in paper bags in peatmoss or in mesh bags. Ditto goes for Cannas.

Water Gardens – continue to clean out the pond from leaves and oxygenators, blow out hose lines etc. Thin out underwater lily leaves and remove other debris which form toxic gasses. Let your fish guide you for the feeding. If they are active and eating the food, continue. As it gets colder and they become more sluggish, taper off the food.

fritillaria bulbsBulbs bulbs bulbs. Time to plant your spring blooming bulbs! If you have a squirrel problem…the ones in my neighbourhood have very expensive tastes, you can try placing a Frittilaria bulb among your tastier bulbs such as crocus and tulips.

The Fritillaria bulbs smell a bit like skunk and will mask the scent of the other tasties. In my garden about 1 Fritillaria per 2 square feet seems to work dandy.

Not to worry, the flowers of the Fritillaria bulbs smell nothing like the bulbs!

Pots – Come on, you can do it…pull out those annuals!! Add winter colour like Wintergreen, Carex, baby Yews and winter pansies etc. Don’t forget to layer bulbs in for early spring or winter colour.

Plants for winter planters

That’s about all I can think of for now! Time to tuck in to a good book and snuggle in to my favorite dog furry cosy chair with a cuppa joe on this dreary but much needed rainy day!


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