How To Remember Where Your Garden Bulbs Are Located

Now that fall is upon us, it is time to start preparing your flowerbeds for winter. This means dividing and replanting all of your favorite bulbs. If you plant a lot of bulbs, it can be difficult to remember where they are planted and can even result in some accidental dig ups. If you want to ensure that your bulbs will remain in place for spring flowering, it is important to remember where they are planted. Here are a couple of great ideas.

Use Garden Markers

If you want to remember where certain bulbs are planted during the winter and early spring, garden markers are a great choice. You can purchase premade markers from your local hardware store or nursery. You can also make markers quite simply by writing on a wooden stick, or even by placing painted rocks near important bulbs.

Make a Flowerbed Map

If you don’t want to fill your flowerbeds with markers or other physical indications of where things are planted, consider making a simple flowerbed map. The process is actually quite simple. Measure your flowerbed and then draw out a simple scaled representation on a sheet of paper. Generally 1 inch on your map can represent 1 foot in your flowerbed. Your map doesn’t have to be exact to be helpful. As you plant bulbs and other plants, simply make a dot using a marker or colored pencil in the coordinating area on your map. If you use graph paper, it will be easier to keep track of where each dot should be placed.

Make a simple key indicating which colors were used for which plants. For example, you may want to mark daffodils with a yellow dot, tulips with a pink one and crocus with a purple dot. Next time you work in the garden, you can use your map to dig with confidence knowing that you know where all of your bulbs are.

These two simple ideas will help you keep track of your newly planted bulbs and will help to ensure that come spring your flowerbed is filled with vibrant and colorful blooms.

Gladiola Bulbs Bring Old Fashioned Beauty to Your Garden

What do you call them? Gladiola, Gladiolus, Gladioli, or just Glads;… either way, I call them unique and truly beautiful flowers! Many gardeners have passed over glads in recent years, opting for more “modern” flowers; but gladioli NEVER go out of style in my eyes!

Even if you can’t find room for glads in your regular landscape beds, you should plant some in an out-of-the-way place as they make great cut flowers for vases inside the home, and will last about 2-3 weeks with proper water preparation (use any cut flower water additive). They begin flowering from the bottom up and should be cut as soon as flowers appear.

Glad flowers come in many wonderful colors. Pretty much the only color not available is “true blue.” The leaves are narrow and sword-shaped and appear very iris-like, as they belong to the iris family.

Most glads grow to a height of about 3 feet, but there are dwarf varieties that are less than 2 feet tall. They do well in most soil types and require little-to-no fertilizing, but they do need good drainage.Grow them in full sun and in a bed that gets good air circulation.

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Gladiola are a bulb that you actually plant in the Spring and not the fall like tulip bulbs or hyacinth. Stick gladiola bulbs in the ground after all danger of frost has passed; at about the time your stella-de-oro daylily begin to flower. If you plant them in late May, they’ll flower in early August at about the same time you see Rose of Sharon flowering.

Now I’m gonna let you in on a little landscape tip/secret about planting bulbs: you don’t have to space them 6 or 8 inches apart like everybody says! The way to get the most stunning display with gladiola and most other bulbs is to dig a big hole about 6 inches deep and dump them all in there (make sure they face up) and cover em’ with dirt!
This creates dense clumps of showy flowers when they emerge.

Gladiolus Care
Water them well when you first plant them and give the little gals an inch or so of water per week thereafter. They do occasionally have issues with insects, and any foliar insecticidal soap will work to keep them pest free.

You Gotta Dig Them UP Before Winter
Here’s where I’m gonna lose some of you because glads do require some maintenance. Gladiola bulbs will come back year after year in regions where the ground does not freeze, but they can’t handle the heavy winters here in Chicagoland, so if you want to keep them for the next year, dig em’ up after frost has blackened their leaves and store them in a paper bag in your basement over the winter.

Before storage, remove all stems and rooting and add a little Sevin-dust insect powder to the bag.

NOW is the time to buy gladiola bulbs as growers take orders early and raise prices just before winter. Most will take your order now, and ship them to you at the optimal time for growing next year. Click here to check out premium Dutch Tulips at Brecks