Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

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Each growing season, we are making great strides in our gardens at the Arboretum.  I might be biased, but I think the gardens and grounds looked better than ever this year!  The best thing about “getting our ducks in a row” (as my grandpa would say), is that we can now focus on adding some fun details.

For early season sparkle, I love adding spring flowering bulbs to my gardens.  But this is one thing you cannot procrastinate on!  Spring flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocus must be planted the previous fall for spring flowers.

I just ordered some bulbs for the Arboretum’s front gate and rose garden from Van Engelen Inc. (www.vanengelen.com), a wholesale bulb seller with great prices.  I encourage you to visit their website to see their large collection of high-quality bulbs.

Once the bulbs arrive, we’ll talk more about bulb planting and the varieties chosen – just wanted to wet your whistle first with some great photos and descriptions (all from www.vanengelen.com).

 Rose Garden Bulbs


(from left to right)

Narcissus ‘Misty Glen’     This stunning beauty is luminous, blue moon-white with overlapping, satin-smooth petals and a barely flared, cylindrical cup with a hazy green eye and slightly scalloped edges. Bulb size: 14/16 cm.  Late April. 16” to 18”. HZ: 3-7.  Catalog #8329

Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’     It is glistening white with varying degrees of purple striations at the flower’s base and at the top of its stem (ranging from none to just a little). Bulb size: 9 cm/up.  April. 5”. HZ: 4-8.  Catalog #3114

Muscari botryoides ‘Album’     Circa 1896, this pure white form of the Grape Hyacinth is a perfect companion for contrasting, white and blue plantings. Bulb size: 6 cm/up.  April/May.  6″. HZ: 4-8.  Catalog #3735

Front Gate Bulbs


(from left to right)

Large Cupped Narcissus ‘Fortissimo’     New! A trumpet-like naturalizer, this 5” amber-yellow beauty has a funnel-shaped, slightly frilled reddish-orange crown. Bulb size: SP 12/14 cm. Late April. 18” to 20”. HZ: 3-7.  Catalog #8811

Muscari aucheri ‘Dark Eyes’     A cross between M. neglectum and M. pallens, Dark Eyes is intensely sapphire-blue with perfectly formed, bright white floret rims. Bulb size: 6 cm/up. April/May. 6” to 8”. HZ: 4-8.  Catalog #3728

See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

October 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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