Re: flowers dying back,

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Posted by Newt on May 12, 2003 at 08:53:55:

In Reply to: Re: flowers dying back, posted by StephanieF on May 12, 2003 at 05:54:22:

: : : I planted about 75 bulbs in front of my curb consisting of daffodils, tulips and hyacinths they are dying back now and don't look so hot. They were beautiful got many compliments on them. Is there anything I can plant in with them that won't harm the bulbs. I have some lirope, blue ficus and pampus grass planted in the corners but once the bulbs are totally gone I will have only those grasses with a huge gap in the middle since the grasses are only on each end of the curb starting at the fence and endind at my mailbox. I really don't want to dig up the bulbs to plant something else. Suggestions appreciated. Thank you.
: : : OH I live in zone 7.

: :
: : Hi Stephanie,

: : Your bulbs are all deeply planted and you can plant anything you like. Many folks plant annuals, but you could plant perennials as well. That way the new foilage will hide the bulb foilage as it dies down.

: : Newt

: : Hi Newt,

: : Annuals sound like a great idea! Also I was in the Great Big Greenhouse this weekend and noticed they had annuals on sale for 75% off they were droopy, but had some live flowers on them mixed in with dead ones. Would you or have you ever bought plants like these before or do you think its a waste of money.
: Thanks for your response.

: StephanieF

Hi Stephanie,

Wow! That's quite a discount at this time of the year. Yes, I do that all the time. I try and find the ones that are in the best shape and have even switched more live looking ones in the multi packs with the dead to get the possibility of having more live. I also water them the first chance I get if they're dry. I have even asked the folks at the nursery for water before I even leave the store. I do that with perennials in the fall too. Sometimes they live and sometimes they don't, but it's a bit of fun to see what I can 'save'. I keep an old shower curtain in the trunk of the car to set them on for just such occasions. Hope you got some good buys! :)


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