SPRING 2018 TULIP & DAFFODIL TRIALS
I’ve been planting tulips and daffodil bulbs in my Marin County trial garden every December for almost twelve years. The plants come into flower in the months of February through April, a time when temperatures have the potential to climb into the 70s and low 80s; but these are also Northern California’s rainy months, and at times, like the past week, means we also experience occasional hail and gale force winds.
NOW AVAILABLE – WHITE SQUILL
The Drimia maritima, commonly known as the White Squill, is a native of Africa. This exhibition piece has drama, and does well in high visibility locations, and is a perfect solution for non-irrigated properties. It is primarily grown for cut flower production. The plant produces 12-18″ long leaves of glaucus blue-green strap-shaped leaves and a tall, narrow raceme of flowers
SUSTAINABLY GROWN TULIP VARIETIES AVAILABLE
Many small flower growers are taking a cue from organic food farmers, who have successfully harnessed the farm-to-table trend. More of us now know where our beef comes from and how our tomatoes are grown, but it rarely occurs to us to ask the same questions about the flowers on our tables.
SPRING 2017 TULIP & DAFFODIL TRIALS
Planted in cool and mostly dry conditions during the first week of December, I ambitiously chose to double the number of bulbs in my garden. I planted 900 tulips, 175 daffodils and 100 muscari or grape hyacinth. Happily, this year’s garden surpassed my expectations with earliness and days of color, despite warm March temperatures.
The following outdoor water conservation requirements apply to most of us in the industry. Violations are viewed as either a civil or criminal infraction punishable by a fine of $500 per day, and may result in the installment of a ‘flow restrictor’ or a shut off of the water source.
NEW – PRIMROSE
Edible: Makes a wonderfully spicy and colorful adornment to your favorite winter/spring salad. Scientific Name: Primula acaulis | Hardiness Degree : 32°F (0.0°C) | Blooming Season: Early Spring, Winter | Plant Habit: Mounded Spacing : 5 – 9″ | Height: 5 – 6″ (13 – 15cm) Width: 5 – 7″ (13 – 18cm) | Exposure: Partial Sun