Bulbs for Spring Color – Part 2

If you follow Southwest Gardening, a website I also write for, you know I have started this topic already, and please visit that site for growing tips. Basically, many cultivated bulbs are originally from deserts around the world, and so make a wonderful addition to our Southwestern gardens. Here are three that I have found especially successful. First a bit of terminology – Narcissus is the genus name for plants commonly called narcissus, paperwhite, jonquil, and daffodil. The genus is native to the Mediterranean region, with a few species are found in central Asia. Busy plant breeders over the past several centuries have increased the few dozen species to hundreds of hybrids, varieties and forms. Commonly the white varieties are called narcissus or paperwhite, while the yellow and orange varieties with larger central cups are considered daffodils or jonquils. Paperwhites Bloom early in the Southwest, sometimes in January in my…

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You Can Grow – Orchids!

Orchids are gorgeous, beautiful, intricate, spectacular, and a number of other superlatives. They also have a reputation as being hard to grow, but that “ain’t necessarily so,” to quote the…