Monday, February 29, 2016

Thousands of Bulbs

What does over 14,000 bulbs look like prior to bloom? Well, not like these pictures but you can get an idea. There is no possible way I can show you all 14, 000 plus bulbs I have planted on our property in the last three years because they are spread out all over the property. I did take these pictures of our big field which contains the orchard and a wildflower area. The wildflower area is posted above. It is a small portion of the field where I planted mainly native prairie plants such as asters, sunflowers, rudbeckia, Joe Pye Weed, baptisias, cup plants, and many more perennials. Prior to establishing this area as a wildflower area though, Mr. Fix-it and I spent some time planting daffodil bulbs here. These are all predominantly 'Ice Follies'. The grass is brown because it was just bushhogged this month in preparation for the growing season. Soon new growth of the perennials will begin as the daffodils fade away. I will post pictures once these 'Ice Follies' bloom.
Moving into the orchard we see green grass. The orchard is mowed on a regular basis. We walk in this area a lot and need the grass to be maintained in order to have access to the plants and to keep down the insect problem. The chickens also live in the orchard and help out with insects. The orchard itself is about one acre large and is filled with daffodil bulbs of all sorts. The bulbs are planted about 18" apart throughout the entire area.Those tall green stems are the daffodil bulbs showing their foliage in preparation for blooms. The hay bales are a wind block for my two bee hives. Both bee hives are doing great.
More of the orchard looking at the daylily beds and toward the grape arbor. Mr. Fix-it and I planted the bulbs before we mapped out the garden beds. Hence, there are bulbs everywhere including in the garden beds. This is totally not a good method of planting a garden so don't do it. I wish I had taken the time to plan things out better. And this from a landscape designer.
More of the orchard looking past some bare fruit trees toward the front gardens. This area will be amazing once the daffodils bloom. Right now the flowers don't make a big impact in onesies and twosies but that will change as the bulbs slowly multiply. The orchard will, believe it or not even with only one or two bulbs per hole, become a mass of yellows and whites soon. All of these bulbs are of different varieties. There are perhaps about two dozen different kinds of daffodil bulbs just in the orchard. Therefore their bloom times may vary a little. The entire show will not happen all at once then disappear.
More daffodils.
These ones have begun their bloom. They are probably the cultivar 'Rijnfelds Early'.
More blooms are beginning to show. These flowers are such a delight for me! They are never bothered by the wildlife, are tough as nails, easy to divide, and propagate, and bloom for a very long time. I usually have daffodils in bloom all the way from early February until the end of May. For information on how to divide daffodils see my popular post found here. You do NOT need to wait until the bulbs are dormant. In fact, if you do you most likely will forget where the bulbs are located. All of the above bulbs have been divided and replanted within the last three years when they were in bloom, prior to bloom, or just after bloom. I prefer to dig and divide daffodils prior to bloom IF I know what cultivar the bulbs are. If not, then I wait until they bloom so that I can coordinate the height and colors and types of blooms with adjoining blooms....

in the garden....

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  1. I can hardly wait to see pictures for these different areas full of daffy blooms.

    It's exciting ~ Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  2. I can't imagine planting 1,000 bulbs, let alone 14,000! My dream last fall was to plant a "river of daffodils" along the edge of our property, but I'm going to do a few each year--maybe I'll have that "river" by the time I'm 80:) Seriously, this is going to be so beautiful, Tina--hope you'll share photos when they're all in bloom.

  3. Your tenacious spirit is amazing. You and Mr Fix It have done so much in such a short time. One of these days I am coming down there to have a up close and personal look at your ranch. It is mind boggling to me, and yes oh so pretty to look at through your lens.

  4. P.S. I have one yellow early blooming daff opening today. :)

  5. This is awesome. Can't wait to see it in bloom.

  6. I know how much work it took to plant that many bulbs (as well all of your other projects), but I also know how much you will appreciate those narcissus for years to come.

  7. That is an amazing number of bulbs! All those flowers will be wonderful. You are the person who gave me the confidence to transplant bulbs while blooming or near then. I've multiplied many in our garden thanks to your advice. All successfully. Mine are starting to come up too.

  8. I so hope to get up there some day when they are in full bloom! I divided many last spring but did not plant any new bulbs or divide at all this year. The yard has been so soggy since last August. The warmth is in the air and I am dying to get out there. I might just get out the rubber booties and go for it...