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Re: bulb planting

> Seems too coincidental to me.

It is possible.  For bulbs in the Lily family, they won't hold them up for
long, will send what has arrived even if your whole order is not in.  But if
it's Narcissi, which are more forgiving, they will hold your order until the
last one comes in, because later planting won't bother them.  And anytime in
November is a perfect time for planting Narcissi in Zone 5.  All but one of
your dafs might have arrived in CT in Sept, but because shipping is
expensive, they want to ship in as few packages as possible. They buy from
many different Dutch growers and they don't always ship in a timely manner.
And sometimes VE could recveive a bad shipment on time and then have to wait
for a replacement.

I'm personally not fond of BG, himself, but would like to have the daf by
that name.  Very lovely. Too $$$.  Your other selections sound great, though
I've only grown 'Itzim".


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 9:59 PM
Subject: [CHAT] bulb planting

> Today I planted daffodils.  I had ordered them early in September from Van
> Engelen, but they hadn't come.  I got worried and sent an e-mail - got a
> response that they had just been shipped.  Seems too coincidental to me.
> they came on Monday and today I had time to start planting.  We had a
raised bed
> built at the angle where our driveway comes in off the lane, and I have
> it with daffs.  Should be quite a sight next spring.  I planted 'Ipi
> 'Itzim;' 'Febuary Gold;' and 'Dickcissel.'  The last is the only one I
> grown before - an all-time favorite.  I planted more about 50 of each -
> them by 100s and will give some to a son and a friend. If we have a spring
> like last year, these should provide several weeks of bloom.  Doesn't
always work
> out that way - some years they all bloom at the same time. Last year I had
> more than two months of bloom, but that was really the optimum. I have
> ordered 'Billy Graham, ' partly for the name, but because it sounds really
> different, but it hasn't come yet and will go into the bed across the
drive from the
> front door.  It's good to have them in.  I have small bulbs still to
> but that isn't so much of a job.
> While I was planting, a ConEd truck came up the lane really fast - nearly
> brushed me back.  It went up to the end of the lane (next house after
> turned around and shouted at some workmen there.  Then he came back past
me - I
> had moved out of the roadway - and stopped. The driver was a gray-haired
> man, probably in his late 50s. He held a black thing out the window and
said "I
> don't want to see you on your knees.  Here's a kneeling pad.  I use it to
> scrub my bathroom floor."  I said thanks, and he took off again at high
> leaving me with a black, foam-padded kneeling pad.  I wonder if he carries
> around to give to old women he sees gardening?  Or maybe he isn't going to
> scrub his bathroom floor any more.  My DH has never scrubbed a bathroom
> (for that matter, I'm not much good at it, either.)  All sorts of
questions come
> to mind.
> Really coming up for air after putting on a flower show last weekend and
> finishing an indexing job yesterday.  Today was a beautiful day - the
first in
> more than a week - so the timing is working out right. Achy and tired, but
> pleased with the day's work.
> Auralie
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