Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Triple Layer Bulb Planter Update



I thought you all might be interested in seeing the progress of the planter that I planted with a triple layer of bulbs last November.





I planted daffodils, tulips and hyacinths in that order one on top of the other. And waited. And waited. And waited! I actually thought the bulbs had rotted or something when suddenly in March the tips of something began appearing!




One hyacinth bloomed out of the six I planted. Well two other tops are up but they look like they're not going to open up. So far all the tulips have bloomed.



I'm just waiting on the daffodils! This planter is about a month or so behind my bulbs that are in the ground. I wonder if it wasn't getting enough sun? Next time I'll skip the hyacinths and plant something else- crocus or snowdrops?



Even though it didn't turn out exactly as I had envisioned, it was still worthwhile doing. We've enjoyed sitting in the kitchen window seat and having such pretty flowers close by to enjoy!


At this time of year I just love going out early in the morning to see what's new in the garden (I try not to focus on all the things that need to be done!). Even though we've had two hard freezes the past couple days the peas and romaine lettuce look good!



The Lady Banks rose is starting to open up - so many of my roses have buds! I'll take more pictures when it's fully bloomed but I wanted to snap a pic of the first blossoms. It's twining up some Crape Myrtles so that should look pretty!



Go check out Ally's raised beds. She had her husband and dad make her two and I can't wait to see what she fills them with. She doesn't live too far from me so we both have to wait until after April 15th to really plant (last frost date). We've had a hard freeze two days in a row now but tomorrow it's suppose to be back in the 70's! Crazy spring weather!


Edited to add: Every week I keep meaning to join Susan's Outdoor Wednesday Party ( A Southern Day Dreamer) but never time it right. I just realized that I have an outdoor post so I'm finally joining in!


37 comments:

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh I am so glad you showed us the bulbs..... It looks lovely and I love that planter........ don't you just Lady Banks.... we are going to be 80 today and we had a freeze yesterday........ yes crazy spring weather....
HUgs
Linda

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks fun and awesome. I love it. My daffodils came up a couple of weeks ago, we were having such a warm winter. Since then it has snowed twice and I'm afriad they are done! At least I can enjoy pictures, right?

Kelly said...

You give me such great ideas. I would have never thought to plant different bulbs in the same planter. Very pretty. I really love the hyacinths. I think those would look great all by themselves.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your flowers look beautiful! I covered my raised beds the last two nights to protect my lettuce and peas.....We had snow flurries too! My lettuce is only about 1 inch tall right now. You are so far ahead of me. Our last frost date is April 26th here.
Hugs,
Penny

Faye said...

THANK-U FOR SHARING THIS.THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! BLESSINGS, FAYE

Terri and Bob said...

Totally love the bulb garden. I need to do something like this myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, those pics are beautiful. I LOVE the rose!

Barb

Shilo said...

Sure do love this time of year!

Rebekah said...

Spring at last!

Smilingsal said...

Interesting experiment. Thanks for sharing. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Here's mine:
http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/2009/04/yellow-tabebuia.html

Becky K. said...

I had fun with mine last year. Then I dumped it out up near our shed and I noticed them popping up there about a week ago.

Blessings!

Becky

Sarah Kate said...

Thanks for the update on the planter. That is on my to-do list. My romaine is looking good as well, I have one that was on steroids and is about ready to come out. I guess all of this rain has been great for growing vegetables...and weeds!

Margaret's Ramblings said...

You have a lovely show. It was well worth the effort of planting them, they are beautiful. My bulbs have been slow to come up this year as well.

Margaret

Tamara said...

Spring time beauties! Love it! Hyacinths are so fragrant - my favorite this time of year.

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Manuela - Happy Outdoor Wednesday,
Even though it didn't turn out just the way you invisioned it I love your triple layered pot and will keep that idea in my inspirational folder. Did you leave the pot outdoors during the winter? What zone are you in? I'm not sure a pot outdoors would make it here but then I don't know too much about flowers.
Have a great day,
Tam

Katherinellen said...

I never thought of putting layers...great ideas....They are beautiful! Can't wait to see your roses and other flowers...Lovely post of Outdoor! It reach to freeze the last two nights in Mississippi. I went out the Roses and my lillies looks okay....Suppose to warm up in 70s today...Hooray! Thanks for sharing..Kathy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And they are beautiful. Don't give up on your bulbs just yet. I planted 2 peonies last Spring and they never surfaced, so thought they rotted. Couple weeks ago I was cleaning out the area I planted them in, and they have started coming up. One looks like it might do ok, but the other is pretty small and weak looking. They may come up for you yet.
Glenda

Painter's Place said...

These are so pretty. I've never planted bulbs. Can you believe that?!! I always forget when it's the right season. I definitely need to do that this fall. Thanks..

Michelle said...

How absolutely beautiful!!

Stacey said...

Your bulbs look great! That was well worth the effort. Your rose is gorgeous.

jen said...

Happy spring to you!! Your planter looks gorgeous!!

Jen

Ally0005 said...

I love your bulb planter. We always plant them outside but need to try this next year. Thanks again for another great idea.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday Manuela! Love the bulbs...beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Carrie said...

How very pretty!!!

Our previous owners planted bulbs.... I love it each spring.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Manuela, What a unique idea, I think they did pretty well, I also love to go outside and look at everything except the weeds.LOL Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your family a very blessed and happy Easter.
Sue

jenjen said...

Hi Manuela!
Your window box is so pretty. What a great idea! I am going to do that next year!

And your Easter decorations are beautiful! I love looking around your home it is always so amazing!

Have a wonderful day!

XOOX
Jen

kbbryant said...

Hi Manuela, fun to see you with Outdoor Wednesday group. I read your blog regularly. It was nice to see how your experiment worked out..Where I live the hyacinths came up first then the daffs and the tulips are just now in bloom. Thanks for the reminder to walk in the garden but not look at all that needs to be done.

Kathy b

salmagundi said...

That sounds like Colorado weather - in the 70s one day, freezing the next. It has been an especially dry, on again, off again Spring here. I'm afraid we aren't going to have any blossoms on the trees, or decent bulb blooms. I'm envious of your planter!!! Sally

Charlene said...

I have wanted to do one of those planters with the layers. But, it gets so hot here in Texas & then cold.... I am afraid the poor things would be so confused. I AM! Thanks for sharing maybe I will get brave. And thanks for stopping by today to see the California coast. My Ladybanks Roses are in full bloom now. Don't you just love them? I do. Have them across the back fence outside the masterbed room.

Betsy said...

Lovely, lovely! That romaine makes me want to get my veggie garden in...not still too cold up here!

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my Hershey Garden post. I'm glad you did. This is the first time I have visited you. You have a really nice blog. I garden too. I like your make over posts. I am adding you as a favorite.

Angie said...

So beautiful! I wish I had these at my house!

Iris said...

Your flowers are very nice. Yours are coming up sooner. It's a bit warmer in Ga. than in NC. do I'll have to wait a little more. I like the hyacinth. I understand they are supposed to be a very fragrant flower. I've considered planting some of them too. I love flowers and have so many seeds for this spring. I'm just waiting until danger of the last frost to plant.
You enjoy :) and take good care, Iris

sunnymama said...

How lovely! I must plant some bulbs for next year.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I think your bulb box looks so pretty. I am not good at planning ahead, and I'm always so impressed by someone who does. I wish I had planted a bulb box in the Fall. laurie

Suzanne said...

You have such a green thumb! Love the pretty blooms. It is so nice to see color in flower beds and pots after the winter! So far all we have blooming are the daffs!