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Early Bulbs Order Summer 2016-17

January 30, 2017

My Lambley bulbs arrived and as usual was well packed and in perfect order. The following photo shows the bulbs as they were unpacked and I was amazed at the size of one of the Colchicum bulb sizes. It was of course called “The Giant” so it will be exciting to see if the flower is proportionately as large. Of more interest is whether it will repeat flower in our mild mediteranean winters and very hot summers.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum"The Giant" followed by Colchicum Byzantinum and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

January 2017 early bulbs delivery from Lambley Gardens and Nursery. On the far right is a Sternbergia Lutea (autumn crocus), to the left is the Colchicum”The Giant”(2 bulbs) followed by Colchicum Byzantinum (packs of 10) and Acis Autumnale on the far left. Bulbs are shown for comparison.

The following bulbs are early flowering bulbs and well suited to South Australia’s dry climate and mild winters, especially of you are in a frost-free area on the coast. Many bulbs need a good winter and spring chilling to flower effectively but these have been proven to be happy with our mild winters.

The thing about getting hold of these is that you need to get in early and that means the Christmas/New Year period when the focus is on things other than gardens unless you are a very keen gardener. I buy these bulbs from a reputable Australian grower David Glenn at Lambley Nursery and Gardens in Ascot near Ballarat in Victoria. Early autumn bulbs are usually delivered at the end of January or early February while the spring-flowering bulbs can be expected around April.

COLCHICUM BYZANTINUM

Byzantine Autumn Crocus

From a genus of tough autumn flowering bulbs (and a few miffy spring-flowering species) which suit our climate very well. They flower, make their leaf growth and retire into dormancy during autumn, winter and spring. Colchicum byzantinum has several large, pink almost tulip like flowers and half a dozen bulbs will make a great display. 30cm x 30cm. Sun or light shade.

Colchicum Byzantinum

Colchicum Byzantinum

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Colchicum Byzantinum Autumn Crocus Massed.

Colchicum ‘The Giant’

Giant Autumn Crocus

 Pinkish lavender flowers are produced on very tall stems in autumn. The Giant is good increaser which will soon make a good display in the garden. A spacing of 40 cm would not be too much. Sun or light shade will suit it.

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Colchicum Autumn Giant

Acis autumnale

Autumn Snowflake

Found wild in Spain, Portugal, Corsica, Sardinia and North Africa this precious little bulb has thrived here at Lambley in a rough overgrown paddock for 18 years. Each autumn I have large drifts of these white fairy bells hanging on thin 15cm tall stems. A well-drained spot in the sun or light shade which gets a fair baking in the summer suits it. Plant from 5 to 10 centimetres apart and this bulb will soon build up its numbers.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn snowflake from Lambley Nursery and Garden.

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Acis Autumnale – Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

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Autumn Snowflake from Lambley Nursery & Gardens.

Flower of the Day 20th December 2013

December 21, 2013

Asiatic Lily

Orange Asiatic Lily. Purchased as a potted plant from Peninsula Nursery in Kadina. Has made reasonable growth and is flowering beautifully in the North Perennial Garden.

Orange Asiatic Lily. Purchased as a potted plant from Peninsula Nursery in Kadina. Has made reasonable growth and is flowering beautifully in the North Perennial Garden.

Lillium Longiflorum Flowering December 2013

December 5, 2013

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden.

It has been several months since my last posting but things are happening in the garden and with many followers complaining about the lack of news I have decided to resume regular blogging. Due to extra work commitments these will probably be briefer than in the past but I will attempt to keep it up to date.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden. November 29th 2013 about to flower.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden. November 29th 2013 about to flower.

Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden in the first days of flowering. Apart from looking great their perfume is delicious.
Lillium Longiflorum in the Pullet House Garden in the first days of flowering. Apart from looking great their perfume is delicious.

 

New Bulbs April 2013

April 19, 2013

Today some rare and unusual bulbs arrived from Tesselaar Bulb Nursery in Silvan, Victoria. These were reasonably rare and cost more than the usual but are exciting because of that.

Californian Firecracker (Dichelostemma Ida Maia)

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Californian Firecracker is ideally suited to my Mediterranean climate of wet winters and long hot summers.

Explosive, red flowers that bloom from early October all the way through to December! The flowers open in dense umbels, around 8cm across. The blooms open in groups of up to 20, each flower is 2-3cm long. The blooms are saturated, strong red with complimentary, soft green sepals. They even make good cut flowers. Slightly curved flower stems to 40cm.

The foliage is thin and grass like. It grows with the autumn and winter rains, fading as the flowers begin to bloom. After flowering the plant will soon become dormant.

During dormancy, Californian Firecracker Flower requires a hot, dry period. For this reason it ideal in dry garden beds.

Plant 10cm in a warm spot in the garden. Water in and keep moist in active growth. Grow in full sun in cool climates and part shade in warmer areas. Plant into a well drained soil. Californian Firecracker Plant or Dichelostemma Ida-maia can be propagated from seed, but this can be a bit challenging. They will also produce offsets at a moderate rate which can be divided and shared with friends.

Native to the grasslands of North America, where they are pollinated by birds.

Attributes

Code: DCIFC
Genus: Dichelostemma
Species: ida-maia
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 5cm
Flowers: Spring to Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Magic Lily (Lycoris Squamigera)

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Magic Lily is proposed to be planted beneath my summer flower perennial so these can grow through and flower before the large perennials take over.

Flower stems magically appear and flower in only 5 days!

The flowers bloom in groups of 4-7 on 60-75cm stems from late summer to autumn. The flower stems emerge and flower in around 5 days. It is from this amazing feat that they get their common names of Magic Lily or Surprise Lily. The blooms are rose pink with a lilac flush.

The leaves emerge in spring and look lush at first then loll on the ground, so if you can hide them amongst perennials. They grow to 45cm long. These vigorous bulbs can be left to their own devices once planted. Plant them in any well drained soil. They can grow in beds, lawn plantings, rockeries or pots. So beautiful and so easy.

Attributes

Code: LYSML
Genus: Lycoris
Species: squamigera
Height: 45-70cm
Width: 30cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Trout Lily Rose Beauty (Erythronium Revolutum)

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Trout Lily. This requires a little more water than the bulbs above and because I have only a single bulb I will put this in a pot, bury the pot and recover it when I want to divide them. They like filtered light so will probably go under the powton in front of the kitchen window.

Rosy pink blooms, 4-7cm across. The flower stems are tall with up to four blooms on each.

The flowers face downward though the petals re-curve to show off more colour and their pendant stamen.

The decorative foliage grows low to the ground. The leaves are bright green with a deep purple mottling.

Ideally grow in well drained, humus rich soil underneath deciduous trees or in a shaded border. Water to establish and keep moist in active growth.
Erythronium are also known as Dog’s Tooth Violet or Trout Lily. They are known as Dog’s Tooth because that is what the bulb resembles.

Attributes

Code: EYRRB
Genus: Erythronium
Species: revolutum
Height: 20-30cm
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Mid Spring
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Filtered Light
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 2

Mediterranean Bells (Nectaroscordum Siculum)

Mediterranea Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Mediterranean Bells. These are very tall flowering and love dry conditions so I will consider these for the Caravan Garden in the paddock where they will get just what they are after.

Loose clusters of pendulous flowers cluster atop strong stems. The flowers are cream, flushed with purplish red or pink and with a wash of green. Each bloom is around 1.5-2.5cm long. As the flowers fade they leave behind handsome seed pods that stick up in the air in late summer.

The upright leaves are around 30-40cm long.

Plant into moderately fertile soil in a full sun to semi shade position. Sharply drained is best. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low. Allow to become relatively dry during dormancy.

Seed heads can be dried.

Attributes

Code: NCSOO
Genus: Nectaroscordum
Species: siculum
Height: 1.2mtr
Width: 10cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Temperate
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 1

Bulb Garden Update October 2012

October 4, 2012

 

Bulb garden update October 2012. This bulb garden is against the North facing fence with trellis to support Ivy Pelargonium which are just beginning to climb upwards.

Scilla Perviana Hughii in front of Watsonia Wedding Bells with Pelargonium climbing up the fence trellis. This is the first year of flowering and I look forward to a better display in a couple of years.

Scilla Peruviana Blue Midnight having its first flowering in the new bulb garden. I expect improvement in the next few years.

 

 

Bulb Update August 2012

August 24, 2012

Red hybrid Tulips have hit their straps and are flowering beautifully in their second year. Pink Hybrid tulips are just pushing their leaves up and will be flowering much later. Species tulips are just in the green at this stage. Grape Hyacinths are in full flower in the bulb garden.

Red hybrid Tulips in front of the Templetonia Retusa which is also about to flower. August 2012

Solitary red hybrid tulip under the white cedar in the Bathroom Dry Border. This is its second year in flower. Pink Cyclamen flowering just behind it. August 2012.

Grape Hyacinth in the Bulb Garden August 2012.

Lilium Longiflorum

Fifty Lilium Longiflorum bulbs arrived from Tesselaars Clearance sale. Total cost $47.50 about 1/8 the price of those from Peninsula Nursery Last year. Planned for the Pullet House Bed in semi shade facing south-east.

Attributes

Code: LIXSO
Genus: Lilium
Species: longiflorum
Height: 60-80cm
Width: 30cm
Flowers: Summer
Restricted:
Climate: Cool to Sub-Tropical
Aspect: Full Sun to Semi Shade
Supplied as: Bulbs
Water needs: 2

Herald the Summer with these Fragrant Beauties. These Christmas or Trumpet Lilies are fragrant and fabulous. They are hardy bulbs that will naturalise easily in a sunny spot in any well drained soil, putting on an unforgettable show each summer. From planting, the bulbs will take just 8-10 weeks to flower. Pop them in a pot for the perfect Christmas gift or plant them in your garden for a magnificent display or for easy picking. At this price who can resist?

Last Bulbs Planted 6-5-12

May 6, 2012

Today is a landmark day, I planted the last of the 2012 bulbs today. There were a hundred or so of Edwin’s Jonquils left to plant and they went into the new Paddock bed, mostly because the bulbs should do well in the summer dry bed in the paddock. All the bulbs were fed with blood and bone with added potash and mulched over the surface to suppress weeds.

I also added a tailgate to the small mower trailer so I could cart the cereal straw from the paddock to the beds near the house. The plan for the rest of the week will be to plant the rest of my cuttings from spring, take some autumn cuttings if time permits and weed and mulch the avocado garden.

The young growing chickens are putting on tremendous growth at this stage with some very fit young birds. It will soon be time to put the older hens in the pullet house  and move the cockerels to the kiosk.

The progress of my trommel design will be in a separate post.

 

Edwin’s Narcissus 5-5-12

May 5, 2012

This morning I planted the last of the second group of Edwin’s Narcissus bulbs. He is not sure what they actually are and although I noticed them from a distance last year I am also not certain of the variety. I am pretty certain they are not the basic jonquils which we also dug up in his a garden. I will have to update once these flower. Today’s batch were planted in the new paddock garden next to the roadside Yucca. They were simply roughly distributed in the bottom of a 100mm deep trench, covered with soil, sprinkled with blood and bone with added potash, covered again with cereal hay mulch to a depth of about 3cm and then off to work. I didn’t really worry if the bulbs were upright or sideways but none were upside down. I am interested to see if this makes any difference or not.

Wallaroo Christmas Lily Planting 4-5-12

May 4, 2012

This morning I planted some bulbs I bought from a garage sale in Wallaroo last month. These were sold for $2 each and marked pink Christmas Lilies. I suspect that they are actually Belladonna lilies (Amaryllus Belladonna) but not sure until they grow and flower. Anyway, half were planted opposite the Avocado garden and the other half in the Powton garden. Both dry gardens with no summer watering. We shall see what they produce!

Lilium Plantings 3-5-12

May 3, 2012

This morning I planted the last of my Lilium bulbs purchased from Lambley from their autumn catalogue, not a bulb catalogue but had the liliums included. I planted the Lilium Regale in the North Perennial Bed and the Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff’ and ‘Lambley Trumpet Strain’ in the Avocado Garden.

Lilium Regale

Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff’

Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff’

Lilium ‘Lambley Trumpet Strain’


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