1 It's always exciting when the spring flowering bulbs arrive in the autumn. This shipment came from Van Engelen, a company that imports quality Dutch bulbs.
2 I ordered Fritillaria Michailorsky, Tulip Humilis Violacea, and Crocus Chry. Blue Pearl.
3 And Gladiolus Communis Byzantinus and Fritillaria Meleagris
4 And Ornighogalum Nutans Silver Bells and Allium Pinball Wizard
5 And Hyacinthoides Hispanica Exelsior
6 Van Engelen and John Scheepers are sister companies owned by the family of Jan S. Ohms. Jan was a third-generation Dutch flower bulb specialist who grew up in the Dutch bulb fields and spent his entire adult life importing and selling flower bulbs in the US after moving here from Holland.
7 Van Engelen's Bantam, CT warehouse begins to fill up with flower bulbs in mid-August, when the first of dozens of refrigerated containers arrives from a two-week Atlantic crossing.
8 Stored in the temperature and humidity controlled warehouse, the flower bulbs are held until the full inventory is complete and the busy fall shipping season begins in mid-September.
9 Outdoor planting flower bulbs are shipped through Thanksgiving.
10 Tender Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs for indoor pots of gorgeous flowers are shipped through the winter, as long as inventory is available and night time temperatures permit.
11 Van Engelen offers flower bulbs in larger quantities with wholesale pricing, while John Scheepers offers the same high quality bulbs in smaller quantities.
12 The tulip bulbs for the terrace garden were sorted and place in bins. I wanted each section of the herb garden planted with a different color. These are Tulip Spring Green.
13 According to the Van Engelen catalog - This award-winner is ivory-white with soft green featherings and light green anthers.
14 And Tulip Virichic
15 This jaunty beauty has an elegant, almost Lily-like form and exotic coloration. It opens dreamy pale rose with tawny yellow highlights and green flames and matures to a darker purplish-pink with green flames.
16 And Tulip Golden Artist
17 An award-winning sport of Artist, Golden Artist is a rich golden-orange with green featherings.
18 And Tulip China Town
19 Highly awarded, it is phlox-pink with darker pink spots, carmine-rose edges and moss-green flames. Its foliage is variegated with whitish margins.
20 This long border was to be planted with a species tulip called Ice Stick.
21 Officially classified as a Kaufmanniana Hybrid, this clusiana-like tulip is white with a spreading yellow base and purplish-rose petal segments.
22 The herb garden had been cut back to make planting easier. Gyurme is a fast digger and planter.
23 The like-colored tulip bulbs were laid out evenly across the bed.
24 The soil in the terrace garden very easy to dig and a small hand-held bulb planter works quite well.
25 With very little effort, Gyurme pushes it into the soil.
26 And out it comes. As far as depth goes, the general rule of thumb is to be certain that the top of each bulb is covered with 3" to 4" of top soil
27 A bulb is placed in the bottom of the hole, point side up. This is very important as the point is the growing tip where the plant shoot emerges from.
28 The soil from the bulb planter is emptied back into the hole.
29 And patted smooth
30 Time to dig another hole
31 Depending on bulb size and soil conditions, there are a few different bulb planters to choose from. On the left is a hand-held for large-size bulbs. In the middle is a standing bulb planter, which is good for tough soil. And the red handled one is for smaller bulbs and easy soil.
32 Bone meal, an excellent source for phosphorus, is an important soil amendment when planting bulbs.
33 Because there are so many bulbs planted, Ryan applies the bone meal to the top of the bed after the bulbs are planted. He puts it in a bucket for easy scooping.
34 He then sprinkles it lightly over the soil.
35 And then gently rakes it into the surface of the soil.
36 The bulbs are planted and fertilized and now we just have to wail until spring. How exciting!