Category: Bulbs

4 Reasons to Love Fall Gardening

Fall is in full swing here in Northern Utah, and we’ve been loving it! From the cooler temps to the colorful leaves to the crisp apples and the blue sky, there’s a lot to love; and fall gardening should be added to that list. If when you think about fall gardening you only think of all the leaves to be raked and garden spaces to be prepped for winter, here’s a list of four reasons why fall gardening is something to be loved.

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Garden Tour: Tulip Festival at Ashton Gardens

This is the first in what I hope is a continuing series of Garden Tours: virtual tours of the gardens I visit, both public and private. If you know of a garden you think I should visit, let me know in the comments below.

Tulips often evoke images of the dikes and windmills of Holland; generally not the semi-arid Utah desert or the rugged Turkish or Persian steppe. Yet every year in mid- to late-April, these three places – Utah, Turkey, and Holland – become intertwined in the annual tradition of Tulip Festival.

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Gladiolus – the August Flower of the Month

You know how there are birthstones? Gems for each month that are kind of like horoscopes or something in that they supposedly reflect the qualities or characteristics of the people born that month? Well, there are birth month flowers too, it turns out. Continue reading

How-To: Forcing Bulbs Indoors

Over the years, a question I often get is “can I make these bulbs bloom indoors?” In the past, I’ve given an answer along the lines of, “Yeah, I think you should be able to. I mean, I know it can be done.” But because I had never done it myself, and didn’t really know the specifics, that was about as helpful as I could be. Sure, I had read that it could be done…but reading and doing are two quite different things. Especially when it comes to gardening.

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Forcing Bulbs – a sneak peak!

About a week ago on Instagram I shared a picture of the daffodil bulbs I’ve been keeping in my refrigerator. They’d met their required chilling period and it was time to come out into the sunshine and (relative) warmth.

I’ll be posting more about that whole process later, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you a little sneak-peak of how they’re growing. I know it might not look like much at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll notice leaves are taller at the end than when they started (and if you pay very close attention you might see some of the tulip leaves bending toward the sun).

You’ll also see what a typical Sunday (and a not-so-typical Monday holiday) looks like in my kitchen.

Garden Cleanup and (Garden) Reading

How did it get to be November?

Back in October, when I was in the midst of my garden cleanup I thought, “I could write a post about this.” But, then I realized there was nothing remarkable about pulling plants out. Continue reading

Planting Bulbs

Remember how “fall is a second spring“? Well, it turns out that fall is a good time to start thinking about spring, too.

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