1 After planting all those tulip bulbs a few weeks ago, it was time to plant all my other spring-flowering bulbs around the farm - thousands and thousands of them.
2 Within two weeks, we received more than 10-thousand bulbs. They arrived in sacs, bags, and boxes.
5 On both ends, the outdoor grounds crew dug eight-inch deep beds to plant the daffodil bulbs. Several members helped with the digging, so it could be done more quickly.
6 Once the area was cleared, it was raked and the soil was amended with some bone meal and rich compost.
7 And the herculean task of planting thousands of daffodil bulbs began.
8 Blackie the cat loved watching the process from this vantage point - on top of Ryan's back.
9 The bulbs were carefully and evenly spaced and laid down into the bed.
10 I wanted the bulbs to be planted quickly and neatly. This method was much quicker than digging individual holes for each bulb, and struggling with the rocks and roots underneath.
11 Once the area was filled with bulbs, they were covered with reserved earth and more fresh compost.
12 By my clematis pergola, we planted alliums. The alliums joined the orange lilies that were transplanted here a few weeks earlier.
13 It is best to get bulbs into the ground as soon as they arrive, but if they need to be stored, place them in a box, filled with the shredded matter they arrived in or the remnants of a paper shredder. The material will absorb any moisture and keep the bulbs from touching. Keep in a cool, dark place until they can be planted.
14 As you can see from how they look, the allium is in the onion genus, with about 1,250 species. I just love their flowers.
15 The allium bulbs were strategically placed along the bed.
16 This ensured even planting.
17 A traditional bulb planter was used for this area. In general, holes should be three times deeper than the length of the bulb. Each bulb was planted in a hole at least six-inches deep.
18 One by one, each bulb was placed into a hole, sprinkled with bone meal for nutrition. Always pointed end faced up, or root end faced down.
19 As the holes were filled with bulbs, they were left open until the entire bed was completed. This was an easy way to keep track of where the bulbs were planted, and to prevent unwanted bare spots.
20 Across the way in an area parallel to the bald cypress trees, we planted more bulbs - a mix of smaller flowering bulbs, such as scilla, chionodoxa, ornithogalum, and crocus.
21 The area would serve as a border measuring about 10-feet across.
22 Here were the bins and bags of bulbs ready to be planted in this space.
23 In this area we used dibbers or dibbles - pointed wooden sticks for making holes where small bulbs or seedlings would be planted.
24 The area was sprinkled with bone meal.
25 And, instead of placing them down in a more formal manner, these bulbs were tossed, so they would grow in a more natural pattern.
26 And where they landed, they were planted - one by one. Again, the holes were left open until the entire bed was finished.
27 Each bulb was placed in a hole about three to five inches deep, always pointed end or sprouted end faced up.
28 In the boxwood and ginkgo garden behind the Summer House, more bulb planting took place.
29 Each of these bins contained nearly a thousand bulbs.
30 We planted chionodoxa, trout lilies, nectaroscordum, and small bunches of muscari.
31 The bulbs here were also tossed and planted using dibbers.
32 This area of trout lilies will look so pretty in spring.
33 Many of the tree pits, or areas directly around the tree trunks, were also planted with spring-flowering bulbs.
34 The pin oaks were underplanted with bulbs arranged equally around the pit.
35 More bulbs were planned for the tree pits along the dwarf apple orchard.
36 Phurba planted white scilla here.
37 These are small bulbs, so he made several holes, and then carefully dropped one bulb into each hole.
38 I cannot wait to see the fruits of our labor, and the swaths of color that will emerge in spring.