Done and done



Those of you concerned about my bulb problem (as well you should be) will be glad to know that the inside work is almost done. I have about 40 hyacinths and a few pots of tulips stashed in the root cellar, as you see above. There are also 3 containers of tazettas that Old House Gardens tells me will want 2-3 weeks in a cold, dark place before resuming their development in a similar fashion as the more common paperwhites (such as Ziva, et al). I must say these few tazettas interest me the most (so few because they are so EXPENSIVE).

The Zivas grow quickly and are probably the most floriferous of the tazetta family, but their smell is kind of unpleasant (your mileage may vary here). Or perhaps it’s that they’re just too easy. Last year, I gave a friend a pot of Grand Soleil d’Or and she sent me images of them when they finally bloomed, at least 6-8 weeks later. Well worth the wait, I’d say.

This is from the Brent and Becky’s website, but hers looked exactly like these.

So this year I am selfishly keeping all (or most) of the Grand Soleil for myself as well as trying some Early Pearl and Grand Primo from OHG. They offer them as good narcissus varieties for Southern gardeners who might have trouble growing the usual ones outside. Like Michele, I’m not that excited about outdoor narcissus—their foliage goes on for months and their return is unreliable without full sun. I do admire them in large drifts in public areas.

Alternative varieties for forcing, however, offer a challenge and something to fuss over in the winter. Others must agree; I see that all the OHG tazettas are sold out.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Love those pots. Great color while you’re waiting for the bulbs to sprout.

    I, however, would be so anal retentive as to spend hours matching (or contrasting) bloom color and pot color so it would take me three days to get everything done.


  2. They do kind of match and contrast.

    The blue and purple pots have cream/yellow hyacinths.

    The light green ones have dark purple.

    With the glasses it does not much matter.

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