Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Rain at last -wonderful -4 hours of rain last night -the poor parched earth drank it all so greedily and the plants and grass are so greatful for the life elixir.  It is wonderful to see the transformation from the tired plants of yesterday.  I still have gladioli and caladiums coming up and opening out -can you believe that they still manage to exist and grow when it is so hot and dry.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fairies at the bottom of the garden

Ok -I had better this quote straight -here is the poem!     So now I have my plan for the fairy garden.  of course we need to look for one the boys too -maybe a dinosaur garden?   Of course they already have train gardens with small trains and stations and landscapes so it is time we had one for the girls too!           Sohave fun out there and create your own favorite garden areas.                                                                                                                                                                               The Fairies
by Rose Fyleman
There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
  It's not so very, very far away;
You pass the gardener's shed and you just keep straight ahead -
  I do so hope they've really come to stay.
There's a little wood, with moss in it and beetles,
  And a little stream that quietly runs through;
You wouldn't think they'd dare to come merrymaking there-
          Well, they do.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
  They often have a dance on summer nights;
The butterflies and bees make a lovely little breeze,
  And the rabbits stand about and hold the lights.
Did you know that they could sit upon the moonbeams
  And pick a little star to make a fan,
And dance away up there in the middle of the air?
          Well, they can.

There are fairies at the bottom of our garden!
  You cannot think how beautiful they are;
They all stand up and sing when the Fairy Queen and King
  Come gently floating down upon their car.
The King is very proud and very handsome;
  The Queen--now you can quess who that could be
(She's a little girl all day, but at night she steals away)?
          Well -- it's Me!

Monday, July 11, 2011

fairy gardens and miniature gardens

The latest buzz from the Ohio trade show is of fairy gardens and miniature gardens.  Check out our catalog for all the miniature bulbs we carry and remember we can get far more than in out catalog or on the website www.marlborobulb.com we carry a range of delightful miniature daffodils and just beautiful miniature tulips.  Those little gems are such a joy and they are great perennials -even in the south! They are the botanical and gregii tulips and when they open their little faces to the sun they really do open out completely.  Find an area by the edge of your rock garden or in a flat pot or container to make your own miniature landscape for the deck or patio. there are miniature iris reticulata as well as daffs and tulips.   There are small alliums botanical crocus, delicate looking chonodoxa and ground hugging eranthis.  there are plenty of miniature ground cover plants too.  Fairy gardens can be lovely for indoors too.  Isn't it amazing how ideas just keep flowing setting you off on yet another tack?  there are always new creative initiatives for the garden to keep you on your toes and maybe add a touch of fun or whimsy to your outdoor living areas.  Gardens are ever changing ever developing works of art to reflect you and your family.  Dive in -have fun experiment grow young and fit and enjoy the elements and the seasons.  try a miniature area near a stepping stone where it will be seen.  i have a stone already with a quote form a childhood poem by Rose Fyldeman -"There are fairies at the bottom of our garden..."  I need to check out the rest of the poem and start to develop my little miniature landscape -mmm hope the weather is good this weekend!  Happy gardening.  Let emknow if you need more specific suggestions for plants or email us at info@marlborobulb.com Hope to hear from you soon.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


This a beautiful new lily called Elusive -it stayed tall and strong through the storms we hads too -oh and the fragrance mmmm-delicious!


Canna Australia -foreground, canna Carnival at the back
Here is the canna bed showing


Well the heat continues -at least we have had some rain for the garden.  I have een planting madly too in the morning I hasten to add; (by 9.30 it is already too hot for my English blood!) -caladiums and gladioli go in for a continuous show later inthe year when everything else is starting to look tired.  The cannas are thriving in the new bed -where I planted all those tulips -some of the new varieties are really coming on well too,