more about: Bulbs

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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Hocus Crocus! Beautiful Bulbs For Fall

Good gardeners know that the world of bulbs doesn’t begin and end with daffodils and tulips in spring. Bulbs also bloom in fall and some of them are strutting their stuff right now. Those above are called autumn crocus and are so eager to bloom, they’ll do it whether you plant them or not.

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5 Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Fall

Fall is the best time for planting almost any hardy plant. The weather feels great and plants aren’t stressed by heat and drought. But before you fill up your 1978 Ford Torino station wagon featuring faux wood siding with every green thing you find at the garden center, make sure you DON’T DO these five things.

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Newspapers Need People Who Know Stuff

The last decade has been AWFUL for newspapers, magazines, and other publications. Declining ad revenue (a pox on you, Google!) has forced them to cut back, lay off staff, or close up shop completely. Still, if you’re trying to maintain a pulse and win back readers, you can’t do it by appearing careless and ignorant. That’s what my local newspaper […]

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My Crinum Lily Will Never Die

The best thing about receiving a passalong plant is that every time you see it in your garden, you immediately recall the time you got it and the person who gave it. So it is with my ‘Milk and Wine’ crinum lily, a bulb that will never die.

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Are You Ready For Spring?

Where did winter go? Well, for most of us in the South, it was never here. And with the spring thaw nearly upon us, it’s time to ask yourself — is my garden ready for spring? Surely, no question in the world is more important. The following checklist will get you off to a good start.

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Four Easy Bulb Planters to Make Now

Twenty minutes of work right now can turn into one incredible show next spring. All you need are the right bulbs, the right pots, the right soil, and step-by-step instructions from Grumpy.

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6 Gardening Tasks for Hubby at Halftime

Well, we’re nearing the peak saturation for TV football in America, which means your garden is probably going to the dogs. Don’t despair, ladies! Here’s Grumpy’s list of quick gardening tasks your husband can do at halftime, once you pry him off the sofa with a crowbar.

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Give Your Bulbs A Blast!

¬† I heard a loud crash in our kitchen in the middle of the night. What could it be? Burglars? Poltergeists? My son sneaking in again at 3 AM? I grabbed a pair of tweezers, the first deadly weapon I could find, and silently crept downstairs in ninja mode to subdue the¬†bumbling intruder. Fortunately, my lethal tweezers were not needed. […]

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