Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Reprise -- Bulbs an October Tradition

It's October once again and bulb planting time. I spent a big part of today planting bulbs in front -- a whole huge bagful of Mount Hood daffodils -- a favorite of ours. I've spent the last few years planting in the back garden and Husband Jim and I felt that the front garden had been neglected. Neglected no more, next Spring it should be abloom!

This post was originally posted on October 27, 2008 -- it seems bulb planting time is usually at the same time every year.

Please join Chari at Happy to Design to see what other "second helpings" there are for this Sunday!

A big basket of bulbs is an October tradition. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths. I've been planting bulbs for most of the 20 Octobers that we've lived at Linderhof and spring makes quite a show.
The daffodils have multiplied and some years I've bought more expensive and fewer bulbs so we have some unusual flowers come spring. Other years I've bought a big sack of more common daffodils like Mount Hood.

The tulips, too, range in all colors but unfortunately, they, unlike the daffs, don't multiply. But I still like the tulips anyway and plant a good supply of them each fall.

I love hyacinths for their smell is incomparable! Blue and white and purply ones mostly -- I don't really care for the pink ones. Often I'll get a few bulbs to chill and force in January in my bulb vases. They make the whole house smell good.

This year, however, instead of the regular hyacinths, I got a bag of the little grape hyacinths -- muscari. I've never planted them at Linderhof and I can't wait for them to bloom. I planted most of them around the center fountain in the herb garden but there were a few "strays" that I found when my bulb basket was empty -- these I planted in the spot where I found them in the basket -- so there should be two surprise showings of the muscari.
With my jar of bone meal -- a must for planting bulbs, it's fun to take the basket of bulbs on a nice October day with the sun on your back -- and plant spring flowers! The only hard part is trying to remember where there are already bulbs -- you don't want to dig up already planted bulbs!


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I've planted few bulbs over the years. Who ever lived in our house before us did. So I get to enjoy their efforts each Spring. I remember when my son was about 5 & we lived with my parents he planted daffodils on my parents front yard. He was so proud when they finally bloomed, but then the neighbor kid picked all the flowers. My son was devastated. So seeing daffodils brings back this memory.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Move over Martha Stewart! Can't wait to see a pic of them when they're in bloom!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I bet they are going to be beautiful!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Grape hyacinths are an absoloute favourite of mine, they naturalise so brilliantly. Thanks so much for stopping by Down The Lane, it's lovely to meet you,

Sarah x

La Table De Nana said...

I love that ritual:) It's so worth it..I don't have loads..but enough to make me happy I planted some:) You must show us this Spring!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Mount Hood daffodils are my very favorite and they multiply well. Happy planting.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

What a great post to share again with us for Sunday Favorites, my friend! And...since I am a follower of Linderhof, I was able to see all those beautiful bulbs when they came to fruition! Your gardens were absolutely fabulous this past Spring and Summer! Hmmm...just a thought but maybe you can post a few of those garden photos with all those beautiful flowers for next week's Sunday Favorites so the gals can see!

I have daffodils and tulips at my place but I have never tried hyacinths! I suppose that they would do well for us here in Colorado...after all, we aren't that far from you. I do love the scent of lovely!

Thank you, my friend for joining in the fun of Sunday Favorites again this week!

Have a super Sunday!

Lynn said...

Every time I visit your blog, first I admire your beautiful yard, then I think about a trip to Germany with hubs and son. We had been to so many castles and decided to skip Linderhof. Rob is still carrying on about how he wanted to visit Linderhof and how it was his Faaaaavorite castle. He got to finally go visit it later on another trip, but he still likes to say how mean we were to skip his FAVORITE.