Landscaping with Bulbs--TOW

Arnold Trachtenberg
Mon, 06 Oct 2003 19:43:09 PDT
I did something similar to Jim.  I planted 2500 narcissus in small 
groups in ivy that surrounds some large beech trees.  The chore was to 
get the bulbs through the ivy roots and then through the roots of the 
trees.  I was a great amount of work, three to four arduous hours each 
weekend for five to six week.  I planted three varieties ( Pueblo, Feb. 
Gold and Thalia) that span the entire spring and the colors seem to 
change from yellow to yellow and white and  to all white.  Each year the 
display gets better and the foliage has a chance to ripen prior to the 
trees leafing out.

When I started I soon realized that I needed a system to make sure the 
bulbs were being equally distributed in the planting area.  I created a 
series of  grids 8 feet by 8 feet and knew I had to plant at least 250 
to 300 bulbs in each grid.  This worked out very well.  I randomly 
placed two hundred of each variety in a large bucket and reached in and 
planted as I went.  I used a bulb auger attached to a  power drill  to 
dig the hole and dropped in three to four bulbs.

New Jersey

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