more about: Bulbs

16 Bulbs That Rodents & Deer Won’t Eat

Faithful reader, Helen, asks, “How do I keep the squirrels from digging up and eating my newly planted bulbs? Those bulbs were expensive!” The simplest solution, replies Grumpy, is to plant bulbs that squirrels won’t eat.

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Surround Yourself With Naked Ladies

  You’ve all seen them — front yards of neighbors surreptitiously adorned during the night with flamingos, crows, cows, and mules to mark to arrival of an auspicious day. But as for Grumpy, you can save those things. When I open my eyes on birthday morning and look out from my window to the dawn’s early light, I want to […]

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Can Your Paperwhites Be Saved?

A faithful reader, Cathy, wants to know what she should do with her paperwhite narcissus. She writes, “I grew paperwhites in water for Christmas and they were beautiful. They are still in the tall vase with their leaves turning yellow. What can I do with them until I plant them outside this spring?”

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What Record Winter Warmth Means For Your Plants

Grumpy loves eating dinner in the fresh air on his screened porch. But in late December? In shirt sleeves? 77 degrees? This weather is weirder than Donald Trump donning a sombrero and singing “Feliz Navidad” with a mariachi band. And though your plants are smiling now, there could be dire consequences ahead.

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How To Kill Your Amaryllis

I think you’ll agree with me that growing beautiful plants gets old after a while. Wouldn’t it be great if someone came up with an easy way to kill them? They have! Now you can buy amaryllis bulbs coated with wax in a rainbow of festive colors! I mean, what says Christmas better than a bright yellow amaryllis bulb destined […]

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You’ll Love This Lily

It happens every time. Just as I put to bed a brand new edition of The Southern Living Garden Book, somebody comes along with a great new plant. Since I couldn’t tell you about it in the book, I will tell you about it here. BeholdĀ Lilium ‘Kaveri’ blooming its bulb off in Grumpy’s garden.

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Why It’s Dumb to Chuck Your Amaryllis

As I’ve said before, if you toss out your amaryllis bulb after Christmas because the blooms have fallen off, you’re throwing away a very good thing. Want proof? Just look at the amaryllises now in bloom on Grumpy’s front steps. They all started out as Christmas plants.

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Last Call For Spring Bulbs!

The best time for most Southerners to plant spring bulbs is around Thanksgiving. But if you haven’t bought your bulbs already, you’d better act fast! Most bulbs will be gone by early December. The good news is, right now many bulb suppliers are discounting their bulbs, so you can get a deal.

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Spider Lily — The Overnight Sensation

Look what popped up in my garden last night after it rained! A red spider lily (Lycoris radiata), one of my favorite fall flowers. If you don’t have any, you really ought to plant some. No bulb is easier and it will probably outlive you.

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Paperwhites For Christmas!

Paperwhite narcissus are the best no-fail Christmas flowers of all. Just place the bottoms of the bulbs in water, keep the bulbs at room temperature, and in just a week or two, you have beautiful, fragrant blooms! This is so easy even my wife, Judy, loves doing it. (Please don’t tell her I said that.)

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