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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Canadian Celebration Tulip

Ok, ok its hard to get too excited about bulbs. Well... this Fall we have a treat for you! As you may or may not know, Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday in 2017. It’s time to show our pride for this beautiful, generous, and kind nation of many cultures. What better way than to plant spring flowering bulbs in patriotic colours?

Tulip Canadian Celebration (syn. Tulip Happy Generation) is both regal and festive for the occasion. Each petal of these enormous, long lasting ivory white blossoms are emblazoned with flames that resemble maple leaves – Canada’s national emblem.

Arising from a hint of yellow at the tulip’s base, the flames turn scarlet red. Silvery white edging on the leaves adds to the visual impact, especially when planted in groups of 5-7 bulbs or more.

Canadian Celebration blooms mid-spring, grows to 50 cm (20”) tall, and its sturdy stems hold blossoms upright to withstand wind and rain. It will perform best in full sun, rich and fertile, well-draining soils. Plant in garden beds, borders, or containers. Canadian Celebration will look gorgeous and begin the festivities in your neighbourhood!

Order Canadian Celebration Tulips online, or hurry in and grab yours in-store!


Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Bulbs

I have to say, no plant gets me as close to feeling like a kid in a candy store as bulbs do!! The enticingly colourful packages sing out the promise of Spring!!! While the plain coloured bulbs inside look mysterious. With shrubs or perennials I hum and haw take for-just-about-ever to pick one. With bulbs I get to take that leap of faith…and I have to say, I am seldom disappointed!

Here are some new selections that I have my eye on and in fact, some may be coming home to my garden…how to choose…

New Narcissus Varieties for 2015

Green Eyes Narcissus

The first on my list is the elegantly fragrant and aptly named Green Eyes Narcissus. It has lovely snow white petals with a short slightly ruffled cup and a deep shamrock green eye. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16” in height.

White Lion Double Narcissus

White Lion is a fully double Narcissus with longer white petals and shorter buttercup yellow petals making it look like it’s lit up from the centre. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16 inches in height.

Galactic Star Trumpet Narcissus

Galactic Star is a long lasting, fragrant, bicolour trumpet Narcissus with slightly backward curved yellow petals with white towards the centre. The longer ruffled trumpet starts out soft yellow and then brightens to white making this a Narcissus that will most definitely turn heads!! This height on this one is 16 inches.

Can't make it to our store? You can Shop Online for Narcissus

New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Apricot Delight Tulips

Apricot Delight Tulips are a soft pinky apricot with golden apricot edging on the petals. They grow to 14 inches in height and hold up beautifully as cut flowers.

Suncatcher Triumph Tulip

If you want a bit of early heat try the Suncatcher Triumph Tulip. This one grows about 16 inches high and looks like a reverse flame with sunshine yellow petals with bright ember red edges.

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

I can picture this elegantly feminine Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip in my patio planter underplanted with some simple white groundcover like an Iberis (Candytuft) or even an Alyssum depending on the timing of my bulbs as I often put them in a bit later after Christmas. This beauty grows to 18 inches high.

If you can't make it to our store, you can also  Shop For Tulips Online

More New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Pretty Princess Tulips

Pretty Princess Tulip is a strain of the very famous Princess Irene Tulip from the Netherlands. This eyecatcher is dark pink along the veins with a softer pink edging. It is a lower growing tulip to 12 inches in height.

Tulip Humilis Alba Coreulea Oculata

Humilis alba coreulea oculata is a beautifully naturalizing botanical tulip reaching a demure 4 inches in height. I am pretty excited it looks like the bloom time will match perfectly with the Rembrandt. This lovely little tulip has soft white petals with deep purple petals and what is even more attractive to me is the fact that they hold their lovely little faces open.

Disneyland Paris Double Fosteriana Tulips

Disneyland Paris Fosteriana Tulip bulbs produce striking flowers in shades of orange with a light green stripe on the outside. As a Fosteriana, it is early blooming and features wide petals on strong stems. Great for cut flowers. Best planted in full to part sun. Grows to 16 inches in height. 6 bulbs per pack.

These tulip varieties are also available online

New Hyacinth Varieties for 2015

Rembrandt Hyacinth

Rembrandt Hyacinth is a very fragrant striking bicolour Hyacinth with bold deep purple florets with white edging. This grows to 10 inches in height. I am going to try a pairing of Rembrandt Hyacinth with my next bulb on the list…Humilis alba coreulea oculata.

Dark Dimension Hyacinth

For those that love the dark and mysterious, we have the Dark Dimension Hyacinth. A very fragrant deep dark purple almost reaching a velvety black in colour. This hyacinth grows to 10 inches in height and would be spectacular mixed in with some solid white or even hot pink hyacinths.

Can't make it to our store to get your Hyacinths? Shop for Hyacinth Bulbs Online

Choosing just a few of these is going to be difficult. Like that kid in the candy store I want them all!! Happy planting and good luck with YOUR choices! The best selection is available from September through Early November. It is a great time to plant in fall as soon as the rains start to fall ... which they have!

Cheers ... Laurelle!


Monday, September 16, 2013
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

In 1593 Tulips were brought from Turkey to the Netherlands. They quickly became sought after and the price increased steadily.Early tulips were mostly solid coloured. After some time, a mosaic virus began affecting the flowers appearance creating variegation and streaks of colour. These attractive new varieties added fuel to the market fire.

Tulips in Landscape

Between 1634 and 1637 enthusiasm over tulips reached an all-time high. In fact, it triggered a speculative frenzy known as tulip mania. Single bulbs could change hands up to 10 times per day in speculative trading. The demand for tulips was so extreme that the price for a single bulb could reach many times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.

In fact, at one point in history, tulips were treated as a form of currency. Kind of makes me wonder how a merchant would give change after a purchase? Perhaps a few snowdrops and a couple of crocus bulbs?

As with all business cycles, Tulip Mania ended badly for investors. However, the venerable tulip has managed to survive and even thrive. New varieties are released into the market each and every year in order to excite and delight gardeners. The seemingly endless parade of colours, styles and varieties are sure to inspire even the toughest non-gardener to give in and plant a couple of packs.

New Tulips for 2013

This fall, 2013, 12 new varieties of tulips caught our eye. These were:

  • Fire Wings Lily Flowering Tulip – 20in
  • Parrot Prince Tulip – 20in
  • Night Rider Viridiflora Tulip – 20in
  • Cartouche Double Peony Tulip – 18in
  • Super Parrot Tulip – 16in
  • La Belle Epoque Double Peony Tulip – 12in
  • Irene Parrot Tulip – 12in
  • Flaming Flag – 20in
  • Joint Division – Fringed Tulip – 20in
  • Ruby Prince Single Early Tulip– 14in
  • Purple Dream Tulip – 20in

Tulips In The Landscape

Tulips generally sprout in mid to late spring, after the daffodils. Like other bulbs, tulips are best massed in the landscape or container. In my humble opinion, the worst thing you can do buy just one pack. Buy three or five, or more of each variety. The resulting display of colour and style will be well worth it.

Loose Tulip Bulbs

Planting Tulips

Plant tulips in the fall, before hard frosts signal the beginning of winter. Dig a hole approximately two plus times their depth. Place the tulip in the hole and add bonemeal or bulb food . Make sure the pointy-side of the bulb is facing up otherwise the bulb will get confused and may take a long time to reach the surface. Cover the bulb up with soil. Pat down the soil and water them in to remove air pockets and ensure good soil-bulb contact. Space planting holes 4-6 inches apart. It is always a good idea to place a marker in your garden identifying the planted area. Tulips grow best in sunny, or lightly shaded areas that are not excessively wet or soggy.

Tulips are perennials, meaning they will come back year after year. Unfortunately, tulips generally degrade over time. While it is not always the case, we find that tulips look great in the first year, average in the second and mediocre by the third. We recommend getting into a planting cycle wherein you are adding new tulip bulbs to your garden each year.

Tulip Availability

Tulip bulbs are generally available from September until mid-November. The best selection is in early September.

If you have any questions about tulips, drop by Art's Nursery or give us a call at 604.882.1201


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