Sunday, February 20, 2011


Well we have started shipping Caladiums but they can only go out in the ground after the soil warms up and the the temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees overnight.  Don't let this warm spell fool you into thinking you can plant early!!!  Greenhouse planting is fine, providing it is heated.  Caladiums are desperately short this year after adverse weather in Florida last year -so if you haven't ordered yet -you may have problems getting the varieties you want -or even getting many at all!  So get those late orders in asap! Call us at Marlboro Bulb 1-800-999-0567 to see what we have left.  Or email  They are disappearing very rapidly.
On the home front- this glorious weekend weather in SC was perfect for getting out there and planting the last of the daffodils.  Though inventory of Caladiums at the warehouse did get in the way for a couple of hours yesterday! However, walking round the garden there was so much activity with little crocus and even a few snowdrops after all!!  Joy! It lifts my spirits so-The first couple of the little Narcissus Grand Soleil D'or were shining in the sunlight and the winter honeysuckle -Lonicera fragrantissima, with its myriad tiny white blooms, gave a heady whiff of delicious perfume every time I walked past.  This honeysuckle is a twiggy shrub, pretty scruffy (untidy) the rest of the year really but a real treasure when it blooms and part of my plan to create  a full 12 months interest in the garden.  Many of the small, species tulips are showing through and coming back for a 2nd or 3rd year now, they do make a better perennial than their larger, showier cousins, the full sized tulips.  But who can resist those beautiful jewels of late spring.  Tulips come in so many bright colors, they are a must for me even if they only come back one or 2 more years  here in the south.  Darwin Hybrids in general, especially Pink Impression do particularly well in the south.  Another bulb I love, is the grape hyacinth -Muscari Armeniacum.  It is a wonderful winter ground cover as the leaves appear in September and can you believe those leaves stayed green all through this tough winter season of snow, ice and frost.  They will continue through until April when the tiny clusters of heavenly blue flowers push through.  They multiply so easily and will take our brutal sun.  Make a note for next fall's order!!!  I need ot take pictures don't I?  OK; I promise to do better next time!

1 comment:

  1. Saw your bulbs getting planted this week on the hillside. What a grand display it will be when it blooms!
    Will have to give some thought to Caladiums....