Bulbs ordered for my new flower garden — I hope!

So I’ve been slacking this past week. Meant to get all my bulbs ordered, but I had problems with two separate websites. When I called one of the companies, I was told there were problems with the Internet ordering system and was asked to try back another day. The other company’s sale ended that day, so I resorted to good old snail mail.

20120329-212628.jpg I’m curious to find out whether they’ ll honor the sale. I did get envelope postmarked by the sale’s end date after all.

I’ve never ordered bulbs via a company’s website (hell, I’ve never ordered bulbs!), so I don’t have any experience as to whether the Internet ordering issues are common. I order plenty other stuff via online (including the new iPad I’m writing this post with), and 99 percent of my experiences have been good.

Anyway, about the actual bulbs. I spread out my catalogs on the floor and started placing cut-out photos of the ones I thought would work on a dry-erase board. I tried to pick a variety of colors and types (Helenium Red Jewel, above) that would bloom at various points of the spring/summer/fall in order to have color all season long. I tried to figure in flowers of a descending height from back to front of the space, too.

Another requirement — I want to plant flowers that deer tend to avoid. At least give the neighborhood gang a reason to think twice when they get a hankering to nibble on all my hard work. Yes, I understand there’s no guarantee it will work, but then again, planting flowers that are advertised as liked by wildlife doesn’t seem to be smart either, right?

My final requirement? I don’t want to plant bulbs that I have to lift before each winter. Call me lazy, I don’t care, but I don’t want that added hassle. I’m willing to cover the bed with straw or leaves in the fall, but I don’t want to dig. And, in looking at the different bulbs for sale, it looks like I should be able to do that fairly easy.

So, here are the perennials I ordered:

Goat’s beard. Late spring, early summer, creamy white blooms. 4 to 5 feet tall (for back of flower garden).

Purple Love Grass. Green foliage that turns rich bronze color in fall. 18 to 24 inches tall.

Dwarf aster blend. Midsummer to frost blooms, 12 to 18 inches tall. Pinks, whites and blue/purples.

Marshall’s Delight Monarda. Midsummer blooms, 24 to 36 inches tall. Hot pink.

Blue Hill Salvia. Summer to frost blooms, 15 inches tall.

Helenium Red Jewel. Midsummer to frost blooms, 30 to 36 inches tall. Small, dusky red flower clusters wih a small hint of blue.

White blazing star. Midseason/summer, 18 to 36 inch blooms.

Blazing Star Liatris. Summer blooms, 24 to 36 inches tall. Light purple.

Barlow Columbine mix. Early to midsummer blooms, 28 to 32 inches tall. Pinks, reds, purples.

Mixed Lupines. Early to midsummer. Looms, 30 to 4o inches tall. Deep red, yellow, purples.

Super Aster Daisy. Early summer to fall, 2 to 3 feet tall. “Electric blue petals and bright yellow eyes.”

Hardy Carnations. Summer blooms, 15 to 20 inches tall. Mixed colors.

Sweet William. Early summer blooms, 12 to 15 inches tall. Mixed colors.

Bee Balm mix. Summer blooms, 2 to 3 feet tall. Pinks and reds.

Crimson Coral Bells. Late spring to midsummer blooms, 12 to 18 inches tall. Crimson color.

Caesar’s Brother Siberian Iris. Midspring bloom, 28 to 36 inches tall. Deep blue/purple.

Whew! That seems like a lot of bulbs when I write them all down in one place. But part of me wonders if it’s enough to fill out the 7- by 20-foot space. I guess I’ll find out, right? Can’t wait for them to arrive.

Tulip update. As of Wednesday afternoon, 42 bulbs (of 50) were up! I honestly can’t believe that many of them are peeking out of the ground. Even if the final 8 don’t come up, I’ll consider my first-time effort to plant bulbs a rousing success.



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