All Posts   Posted:   February 2, 2016 by Monica - Dennis' 7 Dees Buyer

Welcome to another classic winter in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you are enjoying the diverse color pallet of greens and grays. Oh how I long to see brightly colored flowers again; somewhere other than the florist. With that thought in mind, it is time to start planning for that perfect summer garden and what better place to start than with summer flowering bulbs? They have just arrived in the nursery bringing with them the promise of bouquet’s to come. Here are a few of my favorites this season.

Dahlia Electric Flash

This cactus form has striking pink tips with a yellow center.

Grows 3-4’

Dahlia Mr. Ed

A decorative variety with cream and pink striped blossoms.

Grows to 30-36”  

Dahlia Serano

A stunning cactus variety in pale yellow with red stripes and speckles.

Grows 30-36”

Lily Black Eye

An Asiatic form with unusual coloring. It sports a nearly black center radiating out to pure white tips on upward facing blooms.

Grows 30-36”.

Calla lily Flame

Talk about hot! These bright yellow and orange-red blooms will warm up any container or border.

Grows to 14-24”

If you are new to growing summer bulbs, or need a refresher,  be sure to review our planting and care guide below.

Now grab that rain jacket and come on into the nursery. It’s time to start making your winter day-dreams a summer reality.

Summer Blooming Bulb Care Guide:

Begonia – Begonia tubers are best started inside in February or March. Plant them just below the soil’s surface on their side in a well-drained potting mix such as Gardeners Gold. Water lightly as needed until sprouts emerge from the soil, then keep evenly moist (but not soggy as they tuber will rot). Plants may be transplanted outdoors into either containers or in the ground in a shady location around the end of April. Fertilize with G&B Rose & Flower every 4-6 weeks and allow plants to dry between watering’s.

Calla Lily – Calla lilies work well in garden beds or in containers. They prefer morning sun locations that receive regular water. Plant tubers 4-6” deep (or 2-3” deep in containers) in garden bed when the soil starts to warm up, usually the end of March or beginning of April. Make sure to add some compost and loosen the soil when planting. Water in well and fertilize with G&B Rose & Flower every 4-6 weeks. There are many new colorful varieties available. Please keep in mind they should be treated as annuals as they do not reliably come back.

Dahlia – Plant Dahlia tubers in April or May when soil temperatures are around 60 degrees. They thrive in sunny locations with well-drained soil. Tubers should be planted horizontally 4-6” deep in lightly amended soil. If plants are going to grow 3’ or larger they will need staked. Cages, stakes or grow thru supports should be placed over the plant when it is first emerging, along with a healthy dose of slug bait. Fertilize every 4- 6 weeks with a granular G&B Bud & Bloom. Cut off spent flowers to maintain heavy bloom, or cut new flower for bouquets.

Gladiolus – Gladiolus prefer sunny locations with regular water. Plant when soil temperatures have warmed to about 60 degrees. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15” mixing in Black Forest. Bulbs should be planted 4” deep and 3-6” apart. It is best to put a stake in for later support while planting and you know where the bulb is. This will also help you remember where your bulbs are planted. Keep evenly moist and fertilize monthly with G&B Bud & Bloom. Cut spent flowers to keep continual bloom.

Lilies – Lilies prefer part to full sun and work will in both garden beds and containers. Bulbs may be planted out as soon as soil is dry enough to work, usually the middle or end of March. While adding good compost such as Black Forest, plant bulbs on their sides 4-6” deep in the ground or 4” deep in a container. If they are going to be taller than 3” it’s a good idea to put a stake in at planting time so as not to accidentally skewer the bulb later. Fertilize every 6 weeks with a good bulb or rose food.

Welcome to another classic winter in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you are enjoying the diverse color pallet of greens and grays. Oh how I long to see brightly colored flowers again; somewhere other than the florist. With that thought in mind, it is time to start planning for that perfect summer garden and what better place to start than with summer flowering bulbs? They have just arrived in the nursery bringing with them the promise of bouquet’s to come. Here are a few of my favorites this season.

Dahlia Electric Flash

This cactus form has striking pink tips with a yellow center.

Grows 3-4’

Dahlia Mr. Ed

A decorative variety with cream and pink striped blossoms.

Grows to 30-36”  

Dahlia Serano

A stunning cactus variety in pale yellow with red stripes and speckles.

Grows 30-36”

Lily Black Eye

An Asiatic form with unusual coloring. It sports a nearly black center radiating out to pure white tips on upward facing blooms.

Grows 30-36”.

Calla lily Flame

Talk about hot! These bright yellow and orange-red blooms will warm up any container or border.

Grows to 14-24”

If you are new to growing summer bulbs, or need a refresher,  be sure to review our planting and care guide below.

Now grab that rain jacket and come on into the nursery. It’s time to start making your winter day-dreams a summer reality.

Summer Blooming Bulb Care Guide:

Begonia – Begonia tubers are best started inside in February or March. Plant them just below the soil’s surface on their side in a well-drained potting mix such as Gardeners Gold. Water lightly as needed until sprouts emerge from the soil, then keep evenly moist (but not soggy as they tuber will rot). Plants may be transplanted outdoors into either containers or in the ground in a shady location around the end of April. Fertilize with G&B Rose & Flower every 4-6 weeks and allow plants to dry between watering’s.

Calla Lily – Calla lilies work well in garden beds or in containers. They prefer morning sun locations that receive regular water. Plant tubers 4-6” deep (or 2-3” deep in containers) in garden bed when the soil starts to warm up, usually the end of March or beginning of April. Make sure to add some compost and loosen the soil when planting. Water in well and fertilize with G&B Rose & Flower every 4-6 weeks. There are many new colorful varieties available. Please keep in mind they should be treated as annuals as they do not reliably come back.

Dahlia – Plant Dahlia tubers in April or May when soil temperatures are around 60 degrees. They thrive in sunny locations with well-drained soil. Tubers should be planted horizontally 4-6” deep in lightly amended soil. If plants are going to grow 3’ or larger they will need staked. Cages, stakes or grow thru supports should be placed over the plant when it is first emerging, along with a healthy dose of slug bait. Fertilize every 4- 6 weeks with a granular G&B Bud & Bloom. Cut off spent flowers to maintain heavy bloom, or cut new flower for bouquets.

Gladiolus – Gladiolus prefer sunny locations with regular water. Plant when soil temperatures have warmed to about 60 degrees. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12-15” mixing in Black Forest. Bulbs should be planted 4” deep and 3-6” apart. It is best to put a stake in for later support while planting and you know where the bulb is. This will also help you remember where your bulbs are planted. Keep evenly moist and fertilize monthly with G&B Bud & Bloom. Cut spent flowers to keep continual bloom.

Lilies – Lilies prefer part to full sun and work will in both garden beds and containers. Bulbs may be planted out as soon as soil is dry enough to work, usually the middle or end of March. While adding good compost such as Black Forest, plant bulbs on their sides 4-6” deep in the ground or 4” deep in a container. If they are going to be taller than 3” it’s a good idea to put a stake in at planting time so as not to accidentally skewer the bulb later. Fertilize every 6 weeks with a good bulb or rose food.