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Bulb Planting Season

Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Not all my bulbs have arrived, but I spent all night dreaming about where to plant these from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. I have never grown ornamental alliums before, but there were so many beautiful varieties in gardens this year that I decided the time had come.

Brent and Becky offer 26 varieties of allium.  I ordered A. aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ which has a slightly airy globe of tiny violet purple flowers on a 20 to 30 inch stem.  There are many other alliums with this type of globe shaped flowers, some bigger, some more dense with names like giganteum and Globemaster which give a sense of their mammoth size. There are also white, yellow and pink alliums. I have decided where to put these. Two groupings of 5 big bulbs in the Lawn Beds.

I also ordered A. carinatum pulchellum which has smaller pendulous reddish violet flowers that are said to naturalize in meadow or rock gardens. I am still thinking about where to put these ten little bulbs.  Maybe between the Applejack rose and Pocahantas lilac at the top of our drive?

I also ordered 10 big bulbs of Nectaroscordum siculum ssp. bulgaricum (there’s a mouthful) which is not a member of the allium family, but Liliaceae. However, its pendulous bell shaped florets “form one baseball sized flower” at the top of a two to three foot stem, so they are similar to the alliums, and the bulbs have a garlic-y smell. The catalog photograph looks like a pink fountain. Now where to put these?

More bulbs are coming from Old House Gardens, including some drumstick alliums. I like having these different allium forms. Do you have alliums in your garden?

6 comments to Bulb Planting Season

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    The bulb as you bought sound so beautiful. I hope they all survive. I am not inspired to plant much what with the drought still in full swing here. They aren’t predicting any relief as yet either. I have tried alliums many times in the past but I think they don’t like my soil here as they rarely last more than a year. All except the drumstick alliums which I think I pulled out thinking they were wild onions. Ha.. Sad but true. They eventually got so thick they didn’t bloom.

  • You won’t regret planting those alliums, Pat! This was the first season I had any here, and I love them. I’m still waiting to plant my bulbs–for one thing, the ground is so hard because it’s been dry, and the other is that the beds where I want to plant them are so full of flowers yet I hate to dig anything out. I’m hoping we have some nice days into November, or I’ll never get everything done!

  • Pat

    Lisa – You certainly have given me some good tips. I will be sure to mark where I plant them, and hope for rain next year.
    Rose – Fortunately we had just over two inches of rain last week and my soil has been very diggable. But I will probably need good weather in November too. I never get everything done.

  • The only alliums (allii?) I have are ‘Globemasters’ and I do love them, especially because the chipmunks don’t 🙂 I’m intrigued by those Nectaroscordum siculum ssp. bulgaricum – keep us posted in the spring!

  • I have had those Nectaroscordum for many years and they’re lovely. I do have to remember to stake them early on because the stems seem to want to curl, which makes the flower heads hang at an odd angle. If I stake them, they do great. In any case, they’re beautiful and be sure to examine the little bells up close to fully appreciate their beauty!

  • Pat

    Kylee – You’ve helped me decide where to plant the Nectaroscordum – Where I can keep them staked. Thanks for the advice.

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