Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Bulbapaloozathon Begins

On a forested hillside layered in mist an annual event has begun. 10,000 daffodils push up through the ground and a dense layer of leaf litter. Joined by a host of every imaginable bulb to be found in a mail order catalog, except the varmint food tulips, the Bulbapaloozathon is here. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of March or a date two days previous can be a marker for this great annual event.

In the next six to eight weeks you will be dazzled by the bulbs of Bulbarella.

You may even OD on the bulbs of Bulbarella.

So for this Bloom Day, which as always is headquartered in a Place called May Dreams, let's wander off to view some other garden's blooms.

A few pictures came north of a true southern garden's azalea spring show.

The old garden that has gone bad has been getting some major attention of late. Vines, trees and palms that have been trying to engulf the garden are being cut back and then killed with a strong herbicide painted on the cut stumps. Beds are being mulched and edges defined. An old garden is getting a new lease on life.

Lower down the mountain at Client #1's back in North Carolina, another Bulbapaloozathon is underway. Tulips prepare to bloom and I swear I planted more than that. The tunneling varmint that patrols these grounds must take its share during the winter. He likes tulips. I think I need to sneak in more daffodils.

Where are the tulips I planted out here? Have they just not come up yet? Good thing a gardener before me planted daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and iris.

A multitude of bulbs are nestled among the boulders. This grey and rainy Bloom Day was good light for taking pictures, but the crocus save their full open blooms for sunnier days.

A Magnolia stellata blooms above the koi pond and the freshly mulched perennial bed.

Now the *Bulbapaloozathon can really begin. *(Results may vary due to weather diagnosis and conditions.)


lola said...

All the gardens look fantastic Christopher. Some hard work has been done. The results are showing. They will be candy for the eyes of all.

Anonymous said...

I think you've coined a new word! I recently went to a lecture by Dr Richard Bitner (not a PhD.; an anesthesiologist!) who talked about using conifers in mixed gardens. (He wrote a book on it, but it was 60 bucks and I have mostly shade, so....) One of your photos is an excellent example of that. Happy spring; I am off to Florida to see azaleas, it looks like!

Verification word - "count" - the days till spring comes and stays.


Layanee said...

So nice to see some actual color in someone's garden. I like your new word! Hey, my captcha phrase is 'wines' . Had my share tonight.

chuck b. said...

Great pictures. I like conifers best in mixed gardens. I go back and forth about trying to put some conifer in my garden, but haven't moved on it yet.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Bulbapaloozathon sounds so exciting. Lots of eye candy... yumm

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola, spring marks the beginning of the work in the gardens too. i should be able to make a little money now.

Bev, enjoy Florida. If your in the north part you should see plenty of azaleas, dogwood and redbud still.

Layanee, the crocus have been most of the color so far while the daffodils gather forces.

Chuck, the small conifers will be a big part of my new garden. I have more sun to work with and have already planted several up top along the entry drive.

Lisa, it's just getting started. The Puschkinia and Chionodoxa are starting to show up.

Siria said...

Hi Christopher!....and the fun begins. Beautiful pictures as always. I hope your weather starts to ease up a bit.

Annie in Austin said...

Sorry about the tulip thief, Christopher - but what's left is gorgeous.
It's amazing to see a Magnolia stellata in an approximation of a woodland setting. They were always huddled up against buildings in Illinois but the one standing tall next to the evergreen looks very comfortable indeed.

Happy Bulbapaloozathon!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Les said...

I love it when old gardens get a second (or third) chance. I realize it is not near your mountain, but are you involved with its restoration?

Christopher C. NC said...

Siria, the sun is supposed to come out on Tuesday and I am headed to the NC Arboretum.

Hi Annie. I have to look into the possible hardiness of some of the magnolias up on this mountain. One here, probably M. soulangiana has a rough time up here.

Les, that is my parent's garden in North Florida, the house where my mother was born and grew up. She is 81. It is the garden my grandmother planted and that I played in as a child. My contribution is consultation at best and lots of weed and vine pulling when I visit.

lisa said...

Hooray for Bulbapaloozathon! Woot woot! :) BTW, I've seen some really cool mini conifers at Song Sparrow Nursery, I especially like some of the variegated ones.

Kerri said...

It's sure good to see some color in beautiful gardens!
I'm relying on the little snowdrops for blooms here in upstate NY where our ground is still frozen not far down.
That magnolia looks so lovely by the conifer. Wish we had one (magnolia, that is) in our garden.

Rose said...

I love your bulbapalooza! At my age, I much prefer this to a lollapalooza:) 10,000 daffodils on a hillside must be quite a sight in the spring.