If you’ve been thinking about adding some spring color to your landscape but want a splash of drama, clear your calendar and head on out to the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Fall Bulb Sale tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, starting at 9 a.m. (members get to shop early, at 8 a.m.). Over 18,000 bulbs will be for sale, plus other plants, including pansies.
Everybody loves pansies. Their bright, cheerful faces bloom through fall; the hardy ones might hang on through the following summer. They’re edible, although you don’t want to nibble on any at the sale – often plants from the greenhouse have something other than fresh air sprayed on them.
Check out the specially prepared gifts you can buy for loved ones, or browse through the selection of plants for fall planting offered at the sale. Once you’ve gotten your goodies, remember these tips for bulb success:
– Plant bulbs when soil temperatures are cool – 55 to 58 degrees.
– Dig holes four times the height of the bulb, and place bulbs tips up.
– There’s no need to fertilize at planting, instead, fertilize in spring when shoots first show.
– Add four inches of mulch to buffer soil temperatures.
But don’t think this is the end of the season at the Gardens. Check out the schedule of classes for fall, and you’ll discover gems such as Growing a Garden Blog with fellow writer Jodi Torpey on October 3 at 10 a.m. You may remember her from a previous post when she ran that wacky vegetable contest.
I’ve know her for a few years and if you’re thinking of getting a blog going, she’s a great writer to learn from. Heck, she’s teaching me to Twitter! Follow us both for your garden updates at http://twitter.com/gardeningafter5 or http://twitter.com/Westerngardener. You can follow her blog at WesternGardeners.com.