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1/30/09 12:32 P

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That picture was the first year they bloomed. The bed has tripled in size since then. I bet those black ones you have are beautiful. I had some black tulips at one point, but the squirrels got to them and I no longer have any bulbs.

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1/29/09 2:53 P

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yes I have a few that color but my favorite are the black ones I have. But then I love them all. They are my favorite flower. Love the pictures of yours. I need to find some pics of mine from the past. Right now I'm cleaning up and clearing out folders on my computer.

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1/29/09 1:43 P

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You are so right about Iris rhizomes. I cover mine with leaves also. They multiply so fast I am forever thinning beds. I do have some that are just root. Do you have any of this variety? They are very large, mine are pink. I have a picture in the photo gallery.

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A note on iris roots. Do not plant them deep at all. They will quit blooming. Usually with iris if you plant them early autumn they may bloom next spring but usually take 2 seasons to bloom heavy. I have single bloomers and rebloomers and most are not planted undergroud but just shoved onto the top of the soil. Most of the rhisomes are on top of the ground. I do cover mine in the fall with leaves and we have pretty good freezes here. Since I redid my iris bed early last spring, I'm hoping for a good bloom this year. Also you need to thin them about every 4 or 5 years. I noticed some new plants have come up in the old beds where I must have left a tiny root. I will dig them soon and put into another bed as we are getting rid of that one as the tree they are under needs taking down. And iris love full sun. I've had trouble growing callas in partial shade but think the soil was too rocky. It doesn't seem to hurt the iris.

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1/27/09 6:40 P

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Tanz- love the orchid. Mine is getting ready to
bloom. It blooms every February. I wish I could
get it to bloom twice a year.

I only have one Orchid plant but am thinking I would
like another one.

40 would seem like a heat wave to us!

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1/27/09 5:35 P

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OH 40*.... I would love that today. We are looking at 20* and 4" of new snow. I guess on a brighter note we can take the snow mobiles out again.

ENJOY THE SPRING.... SEND IT OUR WAY!!!!
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Sunny, don't be too jealous. It's still in the 40's here (which is cold to me) and it actually snowed last week (now THAT doesn't happen very often).

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Thanks for the info and tips! This really helps a lot.

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1/27/09 10:12 A

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I live in the south and grow a varity of lilies. Here are the tips I know:
1.Calla lily bulbs are known as rhizomes (tubular instead of round).
2.Plant outdoors when night temperatures remain above 40 degrees or the last frost passes.
3.If you have had them in storage make sure they are firm to the touch. Soft, limp, or dry rhizomes will only produce leaves the first year. (This applies to Iris' also).
4.Dry rot can attack stored rhizomes. Discard if they are dry and crumbly. Soak the rest in a mild fungicide for about 6 hours as a preventive measure.
5.Plant in full sun to partial shade. Most lilies like a little shade.
6.Store in the refrigerator in a paper bag away from fruits. They need a cold dormant "season".
7.You can start them in pots and transfer them outdoors after the last frost.
8.To plant loosen soil to 8" and add compost.
9.Dig a hole 3" deep and lay rhizomes eyes up horizonally. Space about 8" apart.
10.Cover with soil and firm gently. Water and add a thick layer of mulch.
11.Keep well watered, but not constantly wet as they will rot.
12.Fertilize monthly and deadhead, cutting off all faded or dead flowers to keep the plant blooming longer.
13.To increase your stock of Callas, cut rhizomes into several pieces, making sure each piece has eyes.
(this applies to Iris' as well).

Hope this helps you and hope to see some pictures when they bloom. Good luck!

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AWE - I am so jealous.

We have a snow/ice storm on the way.

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CALLING ALL SOUTHERN GARDENERS!!!!
I would think it would be ok on your neck of the woods to start getting those summer bulbs in the ground. My Southern Living Magazine is showing the summer lilies and other pretty June bloomers.

Here is a great section on Southern planting from my favorite magazine. I hope this helps you.


www.southernliving.com/home-garden/g
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I moved into a new house last summer. I really wanted to plant some bulbs in our front flower beds. Is it too late to plant them now? I live in the South, near the coast. Our soil is mostly sandy.

I really haven't planted bulbs before. I have some calla lily bulbs saved from our wedding and I want to do more, but I am worried about messing it up!

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