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October 10th, 2008

It's almost fall bulb planting time in the desert.

bio_lesliedHi All, Leslie in Las Vegas here.

My 650 daffodil bulbs, 17 varieties, just arrived from Colorblends.com in these nice heavy-duty plastic bins.  These bulbs have a shipping weight of 80 pounds, + a fraction.  Bill wasn’t smiling when he carried them to the kitchen counter, but he’s is smiling now because I just told him I hired someone to help me plant them.  They will get planted about mid-November when the soil cools to about 50F.  Until then I will keep them in my ‘horticulture fridge’ at 50F and they will fill it up; it’s not a very big fridge.

1These bulbs are a test I am doing here at the Sweet Tomato Test Garden to find out several things such as; when will each of these 17 varieties bloom in Las Vegas and for how long, and will they naturalize in our desert climate?  I hope to find out which ones don’t perform well and which are outstanding performers in several areas such as blossom size, overall health, plant height, longevity of bloom and number of blossoms.  This test will continue through 3 spring seasons and then I will dig them up to see how, and if, they multiplied. Some will probably die, but when you have a test garden you learn to deal with failure.  In the meantime, over the next years, I am looking forward to finding new plants from these 17 varieties to add to the Las Vegas plant palette.

After talking with other expert local gardeners, I selected varieties that Colorblends and I thought had a possibility of growing in Las Vegas. Some should grow here just fine, and others may be marginal.  Here are a few pictures of some of them that I snatched from the Colorblends.com website, (with permission).

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Aren’t they pretty?  I’ll take pictures of all the varieties in the late winter through late spring so you can see how they are growing.






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