I was very excited to get my first ever order of bulbs in the mail from John Scheepers a few weeks ago. The bulbs are big and beautiful: Daffodils and Hyacinths.
It took a couple of weekends to create a bulb bed for them but I finally got them planted this weekend.
I dug a grave (pretty much) at the front of my garden, 5 feet long, 3 feet wide, and a foot deep! Using my trusty 5-gallon buckets, I threw all that nasty, thick clay into the woods. Then I filled the grave halfway with compost and top soil, placed the bulbs in, and covered them with top soil.
I cannot wait until April!
The following info about my bulbs comes from http://www.johnscheepers.com:
All sweetly fragrant, Jonquilla Narcissi yield one to five, and occasionally more, flowers per stem. Its foliage is rather slender. Jonquils are ideal for naturalizing as well as for forcing. They are also much loved for the fact that deer and rodents do not like to eat them!
A vigorous, multi-flowering strain with several stems per bulb, fragrant Tazetta Narcissi create lush, full displays with two to twenty flowers with spreading petals per stout stem.
Lemon Sailboat (Jonquilla) (10 bulbs)
New! This Sailboat sport has 2 1/2″, reflexed lemon-yellow flowers with funnel-shaped cups. Blooms in May. 10″ to 12″ tall.
Falconet (Tarzetta) (10 bulbs)
Fragrant Falconet is a Grant Mitsch variety has up to eight, perfectly formed, yellow florets per stem with orange crowns. Good for warmer climates, it is also a terrific forcer. Blooms in April. 12″ to 14″ tall.
Sweet Love (Jonquilla) (10 bulbs)
Deliciously fragrant Sweet Love has perfectly formed ivory-white flowers with wavy, ivory-edged, butter-yellow cups that mature to ivory with yellow throats. Blooms in May. 14″ to 16″ tall.
Avalanche (Tarzetta) (10 bulbs)
Sweetly fragrant Avalanche is also known as the Seventeen Sisters for its multitudinous cascade of dollish 1″ flowers. A naturalizing 1906 heirloom, it has a creamy-white perianth and a bowl-shaped, greenish-yellow cup. Ideal for warmer climates, it is also a good forcer. Blooms in April. 16″ to 18″ tall.
The sweet perfume and colorful rainbow of H. orientalis has filled the finest of gardens since the Dutch hybridized more plump, densely compacted flowering spikes than the original species found in the wild in the area of eastern Mediterranean back in the mid-sixteenth century. Our 16/17 cm size bulbs produce large, rigid and uniform flower spikes studded with slightly reflexed, tubular florets, also known as nails, and three to four, upright strappy leaves. They do not usually require staking. They are perfect for carefully plotted geometric garden designs as well as more casually incorporated clusters and drifts in mixed beds. After the first flowering season, the hefty flowering spikes become increasingly less compact for a more carefree English cottage garden look. You may want to plant new bulbs every two years since they tend to peter out naturally over time. Deer- and rodent-resistant, Hyacinth bulbs dislike getting wet feet: plant them in a very well-draining spot. Hyacinths are very good for forcing indoors over the winter.
Hyacinth Delft Blue (5 bulbs)
One of the most popular Hyacinths of all times, award-winning H. orientalis Delft Blue, circa 1944, has soft lilac-blue florets with paler edges. Delft Blue is the very best blue Hyacinth for early forcing. Height: 8″ to 12″. Blooms in April.
Hyacinth Fondant (5 bulbs)
Also called Pink Frosting, Fondant has neyron-rose florets with paler phlox-pink highlights. Hybridized in 1983, it has amassed numerous horticultural awards. Height: 8″ to 12″. Blooms in April.
I also bought 3 Globemaster Allium bulbs from John Scheepers. Hopefully I will get them planted next weekend.