After careful perusal of my bulb orders of the last few weeks, I find, with some horror, that I have ordered 430 bulbs. Yeah. I know.
How does such a thing happen? I’ll tell my story in the hopes that some of you may be able to avoid this fate. First, here’s the tally.
40 tazetta narcissus (Martinette, Grand Soleil, Inbal, Golden Rain)
25 galanthus (ordinary type)
15 lilies (Amazing, Honeymoon, Touching)
60 hyacinths (Carnegie, Raphael, Isabelle)
100 single lates (Blushing Lady, Mrs. Scheepers)
100 triumphs (Negrita, Amazone)
40 double lates (Orange Princess, Black Hero, Yellow Mountain)
50 species tulips (t. biflora, turkistanica, vvedenskyi)
The single lates fill two large raised beds in the front, 50 a bed, so that’s fine. They are composted at the end of the season, as summer shade and the nature of hybrid tulips make it unlikely that they will return successfully. The triumphs and hyacinths are used for forcing, containers, and one front planting. The number of triumphs MIGHT be high, but I know I will get through the hyacinths, as I use them as gifts, with 3 to 4 in a pot, and in special forcing vases.
I think 10 t. marjolettis were purchased only so that an order would get to the necessary $35. The tazettas? Should be fine; those are all forced.
But some of this is just crazy. The double lates were purchased purely on impulse because Michele mentioned Orange Princess. It kind of developed from there. Thanks, Michele. I have no idea where I will put them. The galanthus came about because I paved over a bunch of them and I really miss them. The lilies are pure obsessive insanity and I will have one hell of a time finding sunny space for them.
I’m not done. There are some tazettas to get from Old House and the Lily Garden catalog has not even arrived. Forget it—there’s no hope for me. Save yourselves.
And I’m a little embarrassed by the lily names.