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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs

Growing Bulbs Indoors For The Holidays

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Usually, when we are getting ready for the winter season our minds are not thinking about blooming flowers or gardening.
However, it’s super easy to have beautiful blooming bulbs in your home for the holidays!

There are a variety of bulbs you can do this with such as, amaryllis, hyacinths, and then the flower we will show you today which is called a paperwhite Narcissus!
Paperwhite Narcissus
The best thing about paperwhites is that they have been prepared by the grower and do not require any chilling time. Most bulbs need time to chill before they can bloom.
For example, Hyacinths need up to 15 weeks of chilling time before they will be ready to be forced to bloom. If you are wanting bulbs for your home, make sure you ask for prepared bulbs. When they come into the warmth of your home, they will think Spring and begin to grow.
Paperwhite Narcissus

Forcing your paperwhites to bloom does not take much effort, and they will start to grow relatively quickly. It takes only 2-3 weeks before they are in full bloom, but watching the roots develop and grow in your DIY decoration will keep you interested!

You only need a few things to get started:

  • Paperwhite Bulbs 
  • Small pebbles/rocks 
  • A clear container (mason jars work great)
  • Decorations if you want to make it festive!
 

Step 1

Fill your clear jar or container with the pebble fairly close to the top, you may need to adjust depending on the size of your container.

Forcing Paper Whites

Step 2

Place your paperwhite bulbs in the glass jar. You want them to be close together so they can support one another as they grow Here’s a tip, when forcing paperwhites you will want at least two bulbs in one jar as it will look better when they’re done blooming. From a design point of view, odd numbers of bulbs always work too!

Forcing Paper Whites

Step 3

This is where you get to be creative! you can use so many different things to make this look festive for the holidays. We used fresh pine and cedar along with the sparkly branches and golden balls to bring that holiday feel. The great thing is there is no right way to personalize and it is a great activity for the family. Grab some old Christmas knick-knacks and let the creativity flow!

Step 4

Fill up your jar with water just so that the base of the bulb is sitting in it. In just a few days you will start to see the bulb spread its roots. Not long after that, you’ll have beautiful paperwhites for the holiday season!
Forcing Paper Whites


Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Posted By: Desiree Markewich in Bulbs


With the final days of summer slowly approaching it’s only natural for us gardeners to start planning for next year. The first thing to spring to mind (no pun intended) is fall planting bulbs: Crocus, Tulips, Hyacinth and many more. Often the first sign of colour we are rewarded with in the garden during early spring, planting bulbs in the fall is easy, affordable, and something you must try - if you havent already!

Early Fall (September) is when these flowering beauties start to arrive at the nursery, but we encourage you to Pre-Order early, so you don’t miss out on the 20 stunning new varieties we are recieving this year. 

Early Spring Flowering Bulbs


 
If you want to feel the warm glow of sunshine in early spring, try new varieties Crocus ‘Early Gold’ or Iris ‘Katherine’s Gold’. These yellow cuties are very petite in nature, only growing 4-6 inches tall! This small size makes them perfect for containers or small gardens.
 

Desire something with a bit more colour and size? Try out Narssisus Colourful Companions 'Dancin' in the Sun' combo. An early spring charmer growing to a height of 16 inches and featuring 2 different varieties of white, gold and yellow daffodils.

Mid Spring Flowering Bulbs


For some interest in the garden during mid spring, you can’t go wrong with either Daffodil 'Acropolis' or 'Falmouth Bay'. An elegant almost pure white colour and nice height of 16-20 inches makes this pair stand out among fellow plants gracing the period between spring and summer.

 

The perfect Daffodil (Narcissus) for a patio or smaller garden has to be Narcissus ‘White Petticoat’. Growing to a dimure height of 4 inches, this adorable white daffodil has deep green stems making the crisp white of the blooms even more notable.
 

A featured bulb this year, Tulipa ‘Canadian Liberator’ was released to honour and celebrate 75 years of European Liberation! Canadian Liberator stands tall at 22 inches high and is a strong, bright red, featuring nearly perfect shaped flowers.
 

If you love pink and are looking for some mid spring color we suggest Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’ or Colourful Companions ‘Rasberry Meringue’. Foxtrot is a fragrant, double tulip in a glorious bubblegum pink and Rasberry Meringue combines a creamy white, double daffodil with a matching creamy tulip with raspberry pink accents.

Late Spring


To bring a few splashes of pink to your late spring garden as well, or if enjoy foraging in the garden for cut flower arrangements then you must choose Double Tulip ‘Dazzling Sensation’ or ‘Crispion Sweet’. Crispion Sweet has full, solid pink flowers with fringed petals, while Dazzling Sensation’s blooms are packed with smoother petals with white feathering at the outer petal edges. 
   


Two later Spring flowers that will become a focal point in the garden, and that pollinators can’t miss are Allium ‘Rosy Dream’ and Colourful Companions ‘Hot Shots’. Rosy Dream will grow to 18 inches and feature lovely, globe-like purple blooms, and Hot Shots combines two vivid red tulip varieties that stand at a grand 24 inches tall.


Summer




To get the most out of planting bulbs in the fall you can extend your flowering season into summer by choosing plants such as the Camas or Foxtail Lily. Foxtail Lilies (Eremurus) are extrodinarily tall, perennials that have massive flower spikes. For pink flowers try Eremurus ‘Shelford Pink' or ‘Robustus’ and for orange blooms ‘Cleopatra’. Camassia leichtini ‘Alba’ is an equally tall plant, bearing flower spikes matching the Foxtail Lilies grandeur but in a pale white shade with larger individual flowers upon the spike.   

Garlic

 



If flowers aren’t your thing, or your just enjoy growing your own veggies we suggest planting garlic this fall. Planting garlic is easy, all you have to do is separate each garlic bulb carefully into individual cloves. Plant your cloves in a rich soil by pushing each clove 1-2 inches into the soil with the flat side down and pointed-tip upwards towards the surface of the soil. Your harvest will be ready anytime from Spring through Summer. You will know when the leaves have become mostly yellow, i.e. more yellow on the leaf than there is green. Chesnok, Yugoslavian and Mixed Gourmet varieties are new this year! 

Pre-Order

Any of the bulbs featured in this article. Simply click on the bulb mentioned in the article and it will take you to our pre-order page! 

Pre-Orders end September 1, 2019 when bulbs start to arrive. For availability after September 1 call in store (604) 882 1201.


Friday, October 6, 2017
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Bulb growers are doing their best to make flower combinations as easy as possible. In fact, they have take away all of the guesswork and risk by introducing Colouful Companions. These bulb assortments feature high quality attractive looking bulb combinations for you garden. Simply plant them now and enjoy them in the Spring. A few of the combinations available this year include:

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Joyful Hearts Tulips – Colourful Companions

Beautiful combination of rosy pink and soft orange tulips that are both fragrant and great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Flowers in mid-spring. Full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack

Sweet English Rose Tulips – Colourful Companions

A new combination of soft orange and lavender-white tulips that flower in late spring. Grows to a height of 20 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Emperor Mix Tulips – Colourful Companions

A new colourful mix of white, yellow and orange fragrant tulips that flower in mid-spring. Great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack. Colourful Companion Bulbs 2

Love at First Blush Tulips – Colourful Companions

This new combination of soft pink or red with white tulips that flower in mid-spring.
Great for cut flowers. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack

Spring Cheer Colourful Companions

This beautiful new mix of yellow and white narcissus, dark purple muscari (grape hyacinths) and purple-white Chionodoxa are sure to being Spring Cheer to the garden. Great combination for naturalizing. Flowers in early spring. Deer resistant. Low growing to a height of 6 inches. Best in full to part sun. 36 bulbs per pack.

Stainless Steel Colourful Companions

This new combination white-violet tulips and beautiful blue muscari has the appearance of stainless steel in the garden. Great for containers. Flowers in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 16 inches. Best in full to part sun. 24 bulbs per pack.
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Delightful Colourful Companions

This Delightful Companion set of white with blush pink as well as red tulips. Flowers in mid-spring. Great for cut flowers. Grows to 18 inches in height. Best in full to part sun. 12 bulbs per pack

Ballroom Blitz Colourful Companions

This lovely combination of red and purple tulips is sure to please. Flowers in late spring and is ideal for cut flowers. Grows to 18 inches. Best in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Bulbs have been incredibly popular this year and supplies are running low! Hurry in to Art's Nursery to get yours!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every Fall our bulb growers deliver the Colouful Companions Bulb Combinations that will be available to us for the year. The combinations this year are particularly striking. Many of them hot, bright colours like red, orange and yellow to grab attention, while others like the Flowering Alliums are in the more reserved cool white, blue and purple tones. These Colourful companions make bulb planting even easier than it already is. Simply plant and go - the designers have done all the work for us... enjoy!

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Joyful Hearts Tulips Colourful Companions

Surround yourself with the beauty of Joyful Hearts. This Colourful Companion features a duet of double early tulips in unique soft coppery shades and warm lavender pink. The magnificent flowers, filled with layer upon layer of fragrant petals, look more like peonies than tulips. Ideal for containers in a prominent location. Makes a good cut flower too! Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 45 cm (18”). Buy Joyful Hearts Tulips online

Coral Reef Hyacinths & Tulips Colourful Companions

Coral Reef is a lovely combination of salmon pink hyacinths, white petalled narcissus with an orange cup and soft orange tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 18 inches in height. Buy Coral Reef Colouful Companions Online

Happy Together Tulips Colourful Companions

Beautiful blend of yellow and pink tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Fragrant. Grows to 12 inches in height. Buy Happy Together Tulips online.

Hollywood Nights Tulips Colourful Companions

Striking combination of tulips in shades of yellow, red & burgundy. Ideal for cut flowers. Mid-spring to late spring blooms. Grows to a height of 20 inches. Buy Hollywood Nights Colourful Companions online.

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Seabreeze Hyacinths Colourful Companions

Gorgeous combination of fragrant hyacinths in shades of white, blue and light blue. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 10 inches.

Under the Stars Tulips Colourful Companions

Attractive combination of tulips in shades of white and variegated white and red. Great for cut flowers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Buy Under The Stars Tulips online

Hello Spring Narcissus Colourful Companions

A wonderful collection of fragrant daffodils in shades orange, yellow and creamy white. Blooms in mid-spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers full to part sun. 12 Bulbs Per Pack. Deer resistant. Buy Hello Spring Colourful Companions Online

Allium Double Bubble

Colourful Companions Double Bubble bulbs grow to be a soft lavender and white allium. They are great for cut flower arrangements and bloom in the late spring to summer. Fragrant as well as deer repellant. 4 bulbs per pack. Buy Double Bubble Alliums online

Sun Shower Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Sun Showers Colourful Companions is a combination of yellow and orange daffodils with orange and yellow tulips. Fragrant. Flowers in mid-spring. Average height 16 inches. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Sun Shower Colourful Companions Online

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Feathered Fascination Tulips Colourful Companions

This colourful companion pack containers 2 types of tulips. A feathered purple and a lavender fringed-white tulips is sure to please gardeners looking for tulips in a cool colour palette. This new combination is ideal for cut flowers when it blooms in late spring. Grows to a height of 22 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Charisma Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Charisma is a colourful combination of tulips and narcissus in shades of white, orange and peach. They are great for naturalizing and flower in mid spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Charisma Colourful Companions Online

Best bulb selection is from September through late October, Hurry in for best selection of place your orders online!


Thursday, October 15, 2015
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Bulbs

I have to say, no plant gets me as close to feeling like a kid in a candy store as bulbs do!! The enticingly colourful packages sing out the promise of Spring!!! While the plain coloured bulbs inside look mysterious. With shrubs or perennials I hum and haw take for-just-about-ever to pick one. With bulbs I get to take that leap of faith…and I have to say, I am seldom disappointed!

Here are some new selections that I have my eye on and in fact, some may be coming home to my garden…how to choose…

New Narcissus Varieties for 2015

Green Eyes Narcissus

The first on my list is the elegantly fragrant and aptly named Green Eyes Narcissus. It has lovely snow white petals with a short slightly ruffled cup and a deep shamrock green eye. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16” in height.

White Lion Double Narcissus

White Lion is a fully double Narcissus with longer white petals and shorter buttercup yellow petals making it look like it’s lit up from the centre. This Narcissus will grow to approx. 16 inches in height.

Galactic Star Trumpet Narcissus

Galactic Star is a long lasting, fragrant, bicolour trumpet Narcissus with slightly backward curved yellow petals with white towards the centre. The longer ruffled trumpet starts out soft yellow and then brightens to white making this a Narcissus that will most definitely turn heads!! This height on this one is 16 inches.

Can't make it to our store? You can Shop Online for Narcissus

New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Apricot Delight Tulips

Apricot Delight Tulips are a soft pinky apricot with golden apricot edging on the petals. They grow to 14 inches in height and hold up beautifully as cut flowers.

Suncatcher Triumph Tulip

If you want a bit of early heat try the Suncatcher Triumph Tulip. This one grows about 16 inches high and looks like a reverse flame with sunshine yellow petals with bright ember red edges.

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

I can picture this elegantly feminine Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip in my patio planter underplanted with some simple white groundcover like an Iberis (Candytuft) or even an Alyssum depending on the timing of my bulbs as I often put them in a bit later after Christmas. This beauty grows to 18 inches high.

If you can't make it to our store, you can also  Shop For Tulips Online

More New Tulip Varieties for 2015

Pretty Princess Tulips

Pretty Princess Tulip is a strain of the very famous Princess Irene Tulip from the Netherlands. This eyecatcher is dark pink along the veins with a softer pink edging. It is a lower growing tulip to 12 inches in height.

Tulip Humilis Alba Coreulea Oculata

Humilis alba coreulea oculata is a beautifully naturalizing botanical tulip reaching a demure 4 inches in height. I am pretty excited it looks like the bloom time will match perfectly with the Rembrandt. This lovely little tulip has soft white petals with deep purple petals and what is even more attractive to me is the fact that they hold their lovely little faces open.

Disneyland Paris Double Fosteriana Tulips

Disneyland Paris Fosteriana Tulip bulbs produce striking flowers in shades of orange with a light green stripe on the outside. As a Fosteriana, it is early blooming and features wide petals on strong stems. Great for cut flowers. Best planted in full to part sun. Grows to 16 inches in height. 6 bulbs per pack.

These tulip varieties are also available online

New Hyacinth Varieties for 2015

Rembrandt Hyacinth

Rembrandt Hyacinth is a very fragrant striking bicolour Hyacinth with bold deep purple florets with white edging. This grows to 10 inches in height. I am going to try a pairing of Rembrandt Hyacinth with my next bulb on the list…Humilis alba coreulea oculata.

Dark Dimension Hyacinth

For those that love the dark and mysterious, we have the Dark Dimension Hyacinth. A very fragrant deep dark purple almost reaching a velvety black in colour. This hyacinth grows to 10 inches in height and would be spectacular mixed in with some solid white or even hot pink hyacinths.

Can't make it to our store to get your Hyacinths? Shop for Hyacinth Bulbs Online

Choosing just a few of these is going to be difficult. Like that kid in the candy store I want them all!! Happy planting and good luck with YOUR choices! The best selection is available from September through Early November. It is a great time to plant in fall as soon as the rains start to fall ... which they have!

Cheers ... Laurelle!


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