Planting Bulbs at the Farm

Posted by Francesca

There’s been a lot of talk at the farm about a really large bulb-planting project.  Shaun, the gardener, said that a shipment of bulbs arrived just the other day.  Sharkey and I wanted to see what exactly came so we went to the equipment barn to check things out.  Of course, being clever and industrious Frenchies, we just couldn’t help ourselves.

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Wow!  Shaun wasn't exaggerating when he said he had a few bulbs to plant.

1 Wow! Shaun wasn't exaggerating when he said he had a few bulbs to plant.

Sharkey, the label on this bin says it contains 1,200 muscari Valerie Finnis.  As I recall, those are extremely pale lavender blue grape hyacinths - a must to complete the color palette for the serious garden artist.

2 Sharkey, the label on this bin says it contains 1,200 muscari Valerie Finnis. As I recall, those are extremely pale lavender blue grape hyacinths - a must to complete the color palette for the serious garden artist.

And this bin contains 650 hyacinthoides Excelsior - these rich deep blue flowers are the 'King' of hyacinthoides as the size of their blossoms and their vigor are excelled by none.

3 And this bin contains 650 hyacinthoides Excelsior - these rich deep blue flowers are the 'King' of hyacinthoides as the size of their blossoms and their vigor are excelled by none.

Sharkey, I think that you and I should plant our own little garden and I know just the right place.

4 Sharkey, I think that you and I should plant our own little garden and I know just the right place.

Why there must be 116,000 bulbs here.  I hardly think that Shaun would miss a few from each bin.  I'll grab some of these and you grab that bulb planting tool called a dibber.

5 Why there must be 116,000 bulbs here. I hardly think that Shaun would miss a few from each bin. I'll grab some of these and you grab that bulb planting tool called a dibber.

You're right, Franny - this is a really nice spot to plant some spring flowering bulbs.  I'm making a hole with the dibber.

6 You're right, Franny - this is a really nice spot to plant some spring flowering bulbs. I'm making a hole with the dibber.

Now I'll just scooch the bulb over.

7 Now I'll just scooch the bulb over.

Is it in there pointy side up?  Looking good!

8 Is it in there pointy side up? Looking good!

OK, Sharkey.  I'll get the next one.  This is so much fun!  And think how beautiful this garden will be in the spring, providing that those pesky squirrels don't dig up the bulbs and eat them.

9 OK, Sharkey. I'll get the next one. This is so much fun! And think how beautiful this garden will be in the spring, providing that those pesky squirrels don't dig up the bulbs and eat them.

Comments (8)

  • Francesca you and Sharkey are such enterprising Frenchies. I bet MommyMartha will be very surprised when she sees your little garden next Spring. You two need to host a Frenchie gardening segment on MommyM's show. Did GK help plant bulbs as well? What's he been up to lately? :smile:

  • WOW - F & S that sure is a lot of bulbs. I feel sorry for the people that have to break their backs planting all of them. I'm sure your little garden is going to look beautiful come spring. You are right about those pesky squirrels they dig up all of mom's bulbs and she has tried everything to keep them away. I guess they have to eat too. Speaking of pesky we had those wild turkeys back again this weekend this time they were all up in the big trees. I posted a picture on my facebook page - I didn't realize they could fly that high.

    Weekend is over, why does Saturday and Sunday go by so fast and Monday and Tuesday take forever? Mom spent all weekend with us kids and Saturday night we had all the family over to play Pokeno. They had lots of fun and everyone was slipping us snacks so us dogs had a great time as well.

    Basil you keep taking your medication and drink lots of water like the doctor said. We need to keep you healthy.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    Those thousands of bulbs look mighty tiring to plant. They will be beautiful in spring. Unless you have millions of squirrels, I don't think Mama Martha's will get dug up. Now for the ones the two of you planted, that is a possibility. I can just see the spring photo shoot with the two of you in front of lavendar and purple flowers--beauuuuutiful indeed!!!

    We didn't get any snow over the weekend like predicted, just a little rain. I still got to have a fire though.
    Have a good Monday all!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Holy cow, that's a lot of bulbs!!! What I would give to have just a few of those...we had to fore-go bulbs this year(they were eaten by Squirrels) it wasn't in our budget since Kitty had a big Vet bill, sometimes it's hard to be retired on a limited income....but we all get to see the beauty in the Spring that you Pups and Shaun have created.

  • Hi girls my mom loves the flowers ,at least when they grow , could you send your mom over to help ? Mom says dad runs over every flower she plants! Soon the snow will come and they won't have to worry about them. Now they are trying to get the wood ready for winter. they heat our whole house with a wood furnace, It takes alot of work but that means more treats for us. I can't wait to see your garden come spring I think it's the only way I'll get to see flowers! Your friend Rocky

  • Hi Francesca and Sharkey: Gosh, look at all the future flowers! How many bulbs did you "borrow" for your own garden??? I don't think Miss Martha will miss those do you??? Take plenty of pictures this coming Spring so that all of us can enjoy your labors and Mother Nature's too.

    Posting late this morning cause I was helping momma paint the front door. She said it really needs to be replaced because she and daddy have been there for a very long time. I supervised as she painted and once in a while I would wander over to where she was and point out that she missed a spot. Of course momma didn't need my supervision and she would give me that look so I would wander back to my loveseat, unwanted and with that hurt look in my eyes. She gave me a kiss and told me what a good girl I was to point things out to her. Daddy said that I really "put one over on her." Not too sure what that comment means, but oh well...

    Basil, I'm glad you are feeling better. Take your medicine.

    It is very warm here in North Carolina and not cold like where Basil lives. Maybe it will snow this winter.

    Well, it is time for a nap and one of those reduced fat biscuits. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., WOW! I've never seen so many bulbs to plant on one farm! Knowing Martha, this is normal! You girls sure did a great job planting some of those bulbs around that tree. Maybe you should put some chicken wire over that area to keep the darn squirrels away. Can't wait to see how beautiful the flowers look next spring. Once again, great photos! Maybe your wonderful Daily Wag blog would be a great addition as an app for my Mom's new iPad!!! Have another great day!!! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Ooh...will you send me a delightful bouquet when the flowers bloom?? :)

    The both of you are certainly handy around the home front.

    gail

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