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December 12, 2012


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Stephen Szabanowski

I live 26 miles SE of Denver. I am interested in how you over winter your alstroemeria.


I love the photos, it is very inspiring. I hate to work in the cold weather, but the cleanup now needs to be done since the birds have stopped eating the seeds. Since you did it I realize it is now my turn.


My same amazement about bulbs becoming flowers. This is especially true for corn. How can a hard little seed, no larger than the end of my finger, become a five foot stalk with large cobs, filled with more kernels to eat. Also amazing, the cobs and stalks are so sturdy and tough, they don't compost in a home bin.


Same here. Thought I was just being wimpy, so I did the heavy layers and put on glove liners inside rubber gloves. Don't have a good track record layering bulbs, but this time I'm experimenting with rock tulips under hyacinth in a whiskey barrel. I've had good results in a raised bed stuffed with good old yellow daffs, covered with succulents that flower yellow and pink. Thinking about topping the barrel with a trailing petunia come June.


Whew, I'm glad I'm not the only one tardy on the fall, bulb planting activites! I read somewhere as long as they're planted by Super Bowl sunday that they'll have enough time to bloom in the spring...just a little later than they normally would!! Besides...bulbs have no idea what month it is! :)
Linda...I put little stakes or twigs in the ground to mark my bulbs and sometimes rocks or small, terra cotta pots, turned upside down, with the names of the bulbs written on them! No need to buy plant markers!


Sounds like you made great progress! My only problem is how to keep track of where I put the bulbs. Any thoughts?

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