Companions, a Potty Mouth and a Fall Preview

If you are a gardening aficionado, you might be a bit confused at this blog as of late.   There has been a lot of posting on kids, family, crafts and even photography, but where has the gardening gone?  Well, to be honest, I am doing a LOT of it, but there isn't a whole lot being published. Why, you ask?  Well, something better is on the way.  I whole big wonderful mess of gardening information in one big bite. It will just take awhile. For  today though, I have a couple easy tips for fall planting and a fun new product to share with you.  Some supplies and products were provided for the review purposes of this post.

  It is almost time for planting daffodil bulbs and when deciding on where to place them might I suggest looking around for a little bit of this?

See those fuzzy little ears?
They contrast really well against a clump of tall, waving daffodil leaves:

...and if I may be so bold, don't do the naturalized planting here unless you are doing several hundred in a large field of lambsear.  
Otherwise, a nice little field of little lambsear with a nice solid clump of daffodil is just right.
Longfield Gardens is my choice for interesting daffodils like Love Call, Falconet and Cragford!

I also wanted to share a fun new product with you -- shhhh, its name is Potty Mouth!

Thanks to Potty Mouth for the sample planter to test out in my fall garden.  These "pots" are actually lightweight, "half" pots with spiky bottoms that "plant" directly into the ground.  They are made from recycled plastic, stone powder and wood powder -- super durable!  Use them to highlight a particular planting, protect a fragile transplant or mark where a clump of dahlias went in.  Instead of dealing with the hassles of potted plants (you have to baby them A LOT), you can get the look of a potted plant, but roots can live naturally in the ground with a LOT less care!

Now notice those little spikes that look like grass?  Those are actually grape hyacinth and they bloom each spring, but give a little foliage "preview" each fall.  When planting your fall bulbs, those little hyacinth markers are quite helpful!

Longfield Gardens sent some beautiful tulips along with grape hyacinth to plant for next spring.  PLANTING TIP: I plant a few hyacinth with each tulip grouping to help mark where the tulips are each fall.  When I see a little clump of hyacinth in fall, I know a WHOLE LOT MORE is below the surface.  I have saved countless large bulbs from shovel spearing in fall this way!  Save the bulbs!!  Save the bulbs!

Come back in about 5 months to see the tulip and hyacinth show -- it will be fantastic!

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