Friday November 28, 2014

Bulb care needed


Just a brief reminder: the gardener’s market on the corner of Gladstone and Independent St. is now underway, Saturdays from 10 a.m. till noon.  Stop by and see what delicious new produce our local gardeners have to offer each week; the market continues till the latter part of September.  

I’d also like to remind you about the Yorkton and District Horticultural Society meetings which be starting again in September. New members are always welcome, and it doesn’t matter if you have an acre-sized garden, a few flowerpots on your deck, or no garden at all: as long as you are interested in plants and the fascinating subject of growing things, you are most welcome to join us.  Remember, too, that you can attend the meetings even if you aren’t a member. At our first meeting, our special guest will be Margaret MacDonald, a sparkling lady and an extremely knowledgeable gardener who will be telling us about the history of the horticultural society. Hope to see you there!

Also on the subject of the group’s history, there will be a display in the lobby at City Hall beginning on September 2. City Hall very kindly lets us set up a display to mark the anniversary of the very first horticultural society display which was set up in City Hall on September 7, 1906. So if you’re out and about downtown that week, please stop in and see it!

This is the time of year when it is good for us gardeners to take a tour of our gardens and see what did very well, and what was so-so. In our own yard, this was a remarkable year for glads. They were a little slow in blooming, really taking off just in the last couple weeks, but they were well worth the wait! We had long plumes of delicious-looking ruffled blooms, ranging in color from white to cotton-candy swirls of pink and white, to corals, to an electrifying magenta. This was extremely exciting for me, because we haven’t ever had much luck with them in the past. Some dear gardening friends who grow glads regularly told us that once the foliage begins to die back, we should dig out the corms, clean them up and let them dry well, then store them in a cool, dry place.  This whole process has always intimidated me in the past because it never seemed to result in viable corms when spring came; but this year I am so elated about how lovely the glads were that I am eager to try again!

A sweet friend also shared some freesia bulbs with me: have you grown them before? I have seen them before in floral arrangements or bridal bouquets, but growing them was new to me! I planted the tiny bulbs with a hopeful heart. And while there was a wait with the freesia as well, they did not disappoint! They have a lovely fragrance, and delicate blooms in exciting colors like a tangerine red with a golden throat, and bright yellow that looks like a splash of sunshine! I did some homework and read that storing the freesia bulbs is much like working with the glads. For those of you who have a sunroom, you can put the plants in pots and bring them in.  I would definitely grow these again next year, I hope you give them a try!

Isn’t it amazing how the days have become shorter! Fall is definitely around the corner. But we still have lots of time to enjoy our gardens and sitting outside! The Fall Plant Sale is coming up at the end of September, so that will give us a chance to add some new delights to our gardens.  More details as the date gets closer!

Have a great week, gardeners, and savor every day in your garden paradise!



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