Sunday, January 30, 2011

Planting bulbs

70 degrees today!  Unbelievable after the awful winter we have had this year.  What with endless frosty nights and SNOW.  Snow in South Carolina? Well, at least the bulbs have stayed in good condition and are ready to plant.  And was I ready for a day in the garden -oh my goodness, I couldn't wait to get out there today.  I planted 300 Pink Surprise hyacinths in the hosta garden and 100 Red Riding Hood tulips on the rock garden.  And some daffodils, alliums and white anemones too. But I go too fast, maybe a little background right now and then over time we can talk about planting bulbs en masse and our series of gardens (including my own 5 o' clock garden! Asian garden, white garden etc).  Anyway,  Marlboro Bulb is owned by 5 Dutchmen and run by Jack my husband -he is 4 th generation working in bulbs and was born in Holland so he knows his stuff. We basically wholesale flower bulbs.  Although we have fairly small quantities as a minimum, so garden clubs and individuals order from us too.  Our website is so check us out there.  Me? I am a Brit, so I guess I was born gardening and I like nothing better than to be out in the garden pottering and planting.  Keeps you fit and keeps you young and beautifies your home surroundings-what more can you ask from a  hobby?  You can always call and ask for ideas too or if you would like to come and see the garden in upstate South Carolina you only have to phone the office at 1-800-999-0567 and ask for Patricia and we will arrange  a time for you.  It is a relatively new garden  - not yet 4 years old and all done by hand with lots of sweat, thousands and thousands of bulbs and much loving care.  Interested?  Come back for more installments!


  1. Great to see you guys blogging, I'll be an avid follower!
    Is there still time to throw in spring bulbs? I am planning on coming to Greenwood on Wednesday/Thursday. I'll try to stop by.
    For anyone reading this a visit to the DeVroomen garden is a MUST, it is awesome.

  2. Maggie of course you can still plant bulbs -especially daffodils and hyacinths providing the bulbs are still good and firm -whiche they are here. We are tied up Thursday but if oyu want to come Wed that would be great -of come to the house on wed afternoon!

  3. Oops
    Didn't check my spelling on that last post -sorry! Well I looked all round my garden for snowdrops after this cold winter. We had lunch with friends in clemson, SC on Sunday and they had giant snowdrops all int heir woodland area. I was SO jealous!!! They were gorgeous. Snowdrops transplant "in the green" (after flowering and while the green leaves are still showing) much more successfully than planting dry bulbs in the fall. But oh they are so precious poking their brave little heads out when it so cold and even throught the snow at times. They will go successfully in moist shady spots in the south that is for sure. They were a wonderful sight in that Clemson garden.

  4. Starting to see some of my spring bulbs purchased last year coming up. Am excited!

  5. Finally some bulb activity!!! Paper whites came up and laid down without blooming. Looking forward to the flowers.