Challenge Your Gardening Status Quo with 5 Bulb Recipes

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 25, 2016 12:04:21 PM

Every spring and fall bulbs arrive, and not to brag, but we've been told by our bulb suppliers that we have the most extensive bulb selection on the West Coast. Right in your own backyard, Sacramento.    

Bulbs...they are lumpy, bumpy, and downright ugly sometimes. But once planted under six inches of soil, add a little water, sunshine, and time, these bulbs turn into something magical. The flowers grown from bulbs brighten your garden and your spirits to let you know spring is on its way. 

If you are a novice gardener, you may not know there are two seasons to plant bulbs. First, fall bulb planting season is the end of August- November. If planted correctly, fall bulbs will bloom in late winter or early Spring. And, they are the most popular, probably because they include very recognizable varities like Tulips, Daffodils & Irises. Secondly, spring bulbs are planted in late winter and bloom in early summer.     

daydream_tulip_from_the_biking_gardener-783626-edited.jpgLet's talk fall bulbs in three settings. Once you choose your desired setting, you can pick one of our bulb recipes for a perfect fall planting weekend project.

Settings:

  • Plant bulbs in a container and plant winter annuals right on top of the bulbs. That way, you don't have to stare at bare soil for five months. As the plants emerge, they will compliment the colorful annuals and create a beautiful bouquet-filled container.
  • Plant bulbs within your borders, or intermixed with other perennials and shrubs for added color in spring.
  • Planting a container of 100% bulbs. You could tuck this container out of the way until they start blooming.  

 


Bulb Recipes

1. 'Daydream' Hybrid Tulips + Forget-me-nots

Hybrid tulips are the tallest and largest flowering tulips.  Best for cutting! The 'Daydream' Tulip opens yellow to orange. It pairs incredibly well with the vibrant blue of Forget-me-nots. With Hybrid Tulips, they need to be chilled in order to bloom. In our mild climate, it doesn't get cold enough for long enough, so pop these in the fridge for six weeks before planting.

2. 'Blue Parrot' Tulip + Purple Violas

Parrot Tulips are known for their spectacular ruffled and feathery edges. The 'Blue Parrot' tulip has mauve-ish blue flowers and 18" long stems. Try planting bulbs shoulder to shoulder in a 16-18" pot. Or plant them with a little more space in between and then plant those purple violas right on top! Come spring, your container will beshutterstock_187005626 red white tulip muscari pot container CUST-299504-edited.jpg overflowing with blooms.

3. Narcissus 'Salome' + Frostkiss 'Penny's Pink' Hellebore

Narcissus (Daffodil) 'Salome' is in one of the most popular classes of daffodils because of it's large, vibrant center cups. Narcissus is a welcome addition to borders, beds, containers, rock gardens, under deciduous trees and natural areas in the landscape. It's recommended to plant in groupings of at least six bulbs together to make an impact. Plant near a front door with a grouping of Narcissus 'Salome' with Frostkiss 'Penny's Pink' Hellebore for a stunning combination.

4. White Ranunculus + White Tulips + Grape Hyacinth

We got the recipe inspiration from wedding bouquets. There is something so pristine and fresh about pairing these flowers together. If mixing in a border, be sure to plan the Tulips in the back, the Ranunculus in the middle and the Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) in the foreground. You won't be disappointed with this recipe, especially if you like to cut for indoor bouquets.

shutterstock_424547380 daffodil tete bike tulip CUST-679284-edited.jpg5. 'Earl of Essex' Bearded Iris + Columbine + Lupine

The 'Early of Essex' Bearded Iris considered a "tall" Bearded Iris and is actually reblooming. Fun, right!? It's clean white petals are veined on the edges with violet markings and have a gentle and slight ruffling. Plant Columbine and Lupine next to your Bearded Iris for a look that is very much akin to being in a natural woodland setting. We love all the textures involved! This planting recipe would be best for a garden border.

These different recipes can be a jumping-off point for you to get out of the gardening rut of planting the same old things each year. Expand your horizons, grow as a gardener, and plant some bulbs this fall. A special thank you to Sunset Western Garden for bulb recipe inspiration.

 



Start your bulb garden this fall and when you least expect it...in the middle of winter these little bulbs with brighten up your garden and be a ray of sunshine for all who see them. Visit any of our store locations in Sacramento for hands-on help choosing bulbs. Happy planting!

 

Geek out on specific plant information for Irises, Tulips & Daffodils!

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Photo Credit: 'Daydream' Tulip from The Biking Gardener I  thebikinggardener.com 


 

Topics: Flowers, Cut Flower Garden, Bulbs, planting recipes, fall planting

Tips from Sacramento Rose Experts

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Dec 8, 2015 3:04:59 PM

rose_shrubs-558901-edited.jpgWith their long bloom season, impressive flower display and enticing fragrance and color, roses may seem like a lot of work but they don't have to be. The Sacramento Area chapter of the American Rose Society has some basic guidelines on how to make your rose garden thrive, without breaking your back. 


 

 

 

 

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  • In our climate, the best time to prune roses is mid-December to mid-February.
  • Newly established roses should be pruned very lightly, just enough to removed dead branches or twiggy canes.
  • Always start pruning from the base of the rose (bud union) and working your way up, thinning out all but the strongest canes.
  • Make your cuts 1/4" to 1/2" above the bud.

 

For more tips check out our Pruning Roses blog

  Pruning Roses

Month-by-Month Maintenance

January

  • Prune all roses through mid-February, except those that only bloom once a year. Those that bloom once a year should be pruned after they bloom. 
  • Clean all debris from around roses to prevent fungal diseases.
  • Plant bareroot roses.
  • If you've noticed problems with your roses in the past year, such as fungus or insect pests, spray with Neem oil to prevent problems in the future.

February

  • Finish all rose pruning by mid-February before new growth begins. 
  • Test your soil for pH and nutrient imbalances, add amendments as required.
  • Apply organic soil amendments as needed to help enrich you soil.
  • Apply a 2-4" thick layer of mulch around roses, being careful to keep it a few inches away from the base of the plant to prevent crown rot.

March

  • Check irrigation to make sure it's functioning properly. In the summer, most roses need a minimum of three times per week watering for the best blooms.
  • Fertilize with EB Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food according to package directions now through September. Add specialty amendments as needed, based on soil test kit results.
  • Monitor for aphids on new growth. Aphids can easily be controlled by many methods, including horticultural oils, soaps and organic insecticides. Check out our Pest SOS Series for tips on controlling aphids. 
  • Monitor for fungal diseases and apply fungicides if needed. Fungal diseases can be prevented by removing debris around roses, applying dormant sprays, and pruning for good air circulation in the winter. 

April

  • You may choose to thin out buds to create fewer, but larger blossoms. 
  • Deadhead frequently to extend bloom season.
  • Continue monitoring for fungal diseases, treating if needed. Remove and discard leaves which show signs of powdery mildew, rust and black spot. 
  • Continue monitoring for pests. If you notice any damaged leaves or flowers, bring pictures and samples into our Landscape Supply department for help identifying and treating the problem. 

May

  • Cut back spent blooms and remove fallen foliage and petals from around shrubs. In newly planted roses, cut off only the spent blooms. In older shrubs, cut back all the way to pencil-diameter stems or thicker, but stay above the 5-leaflet leaves. This will need to be repeated after each bloom cycle (every six to seven weeks). 
  • Monitor for spider mite infestations. Symptoms include mottled discoloration of the leaves and webbing underneath. If found, spray undersides of leaves with water to deter. Do not spray horticultural oils, which can damage foliage when temperatures reach 90°F.
June-July
  • Continue monitoring for spider mites. 
  • Check irrigation to make sure that roses are getting adequate water. If using drip, you may need to swap out your emitters to a higher-flow capacity.
  • Continue to cut back roses after bloom, but be careful not to remove too much foliage, which can expose tender canes to harsh light, resulting in sunscald. 
Garden Tip: If hosting a big event such as a party if your yard, you can set your roses up for a big bloom by cutting back spent blooms and fertilizing about 6-8 weeks before the event. 

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August

  • Replenish mulch in the rose bed if soil is visible.
  • In preparation for a fall rose show, cut back blooms on all roses. To encourage blooms in late September, cut spent blooms mid-August; for mid-October shows cut back by the first week in September. 
  • Apply water soluble fertilizers to supplement fall blooms. 

September

  • Monitor for aphid infestations, especially on tender new growth. Control with organic insecticides if needed. 
  • Temperatures dropping might encourage fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. If you are consistently having problems, be sure to avoid overhead watering and prune for better air circulation in winter. 
  • Fall is the best time to seek out companion plants for around your roses. Plant flowers which attract beneficial insects to help control pests such as aphids. 

October

  • Decrease fertilizer application, especially anything high in Nitrogen.12_Days_210-801725-edited-904377-edited.jpg
  • Continue monitoring for pest problems in order to catch them early.
  • Adjust watering system to accommodate for cooler temperatures and rainfall. If you use drip, emitters may need to be swapped for lower-flow types.
  • Continue cutting back spent blooms, making sure not to leave any debris behind which can encourage fungal issues. 
  • Secure long canes of climbing roses to prevent wind injury. 
November-December
  • Check irrigation again, it may need to be shut off if natural rainfall is adequate.
  • Allowing some roses to develop hips can provide your garden with some color in the winter months. 
  • Continue good sanitation practices. As roses lose their leaves, remove the debris to prevent fungal diseases. 
  • Make sure you have everything you need for proper rose pruning
    • bypass pruners
    • folding saw
    • loppers
    • elbow-length gloves
    • kneepads
  • Begin pruning roses mid-late December. 

 

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Topics: Pruning, Roses, Cut Flower Garden, Neem Oil, Grandiflora, Spider Mites, Floribunda, Climbing Rose, Sacramento Rose Society, Rose Care, Rose Pruning, Hybrid Tea Rose

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gerbera Daisy

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 13, 2015 5:46:20 PM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Gerber Daisy

Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) is a perennial daisy which forms a clump of bright green foliage, topped by stalks bearing large (3-4") daisy flowers. When it comes to daisies, Gerberas are the top choice due to their incredibly long bloom season and bright, showy blossoms. They can be found in a myriad of colors including pink, orange, red, white and yellow.

Maintaining a compact size of one to two feet high and wide, Gerberas are ideal candidates for container gardening. They perform best when situated in full to partial sun, with good air circulation and drip irrigation. Avoid overhead watering, which can shorten the lifespan of the flower and spread disease. Gerbera flowers last for a long time after being cut, making them an ideal candidate for a bouquet garden. 

It's Chevelle's plant pick-of-the-week because:

"Those big, beautiful flowers are like sunshine on a cloudy day and they just keep blooming!"

 

Want some more colorful container gardening ideas? 


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Topics: Flowers, Planting Ideas, Container Ideas, Cut Flower Garden

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Crocosmia

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 10, 2015 8:55:11 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Crocosmia

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Crocosmia is a perennial from corm (an underground structure like a bulb) which forms an upright clump of bright green sword-like foliage. In summer, this clump is adorned by tall stalks bearing an inflorescence of funnel-shaped flowers that are adored by hummingbirds. The flowers have a tropical feel, but the plant has incredible cold hardiness, tolerating temperatures as low as -20°F.  It offers all the beauty of a bulb such as Gladiolas, but it's foliage stays relatively neat and tidy spring through fall, making this perennial well-suited to any cut-flower garden or perennial border. 

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Reaching about 2-3' tall, Crocosmia will slowly spread over time, resulting in a more impressive show of flowers year after year. Plus, you can divide them in the fall and plant them in other places; it's the plant that keeps on giving!

It's Crissa's pick-of-the-week because:

"The flowers are brilliant and showy. Hummingbirds love them and they're easy to grow!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more flowers well-suited for bouquets, check out  Grow a Cut Flower Garden

Topics: Cut Flower Garden, Hummingbirds, Bulbs

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