I put my bulbs from last year on newspaper in a tub, root side down, and added a cm of water.
I bought 30 bulbs of each of Far West, Priscilla, Purple Flora, and Cardinal.
I planted all the bulbs plus my own that I had saved.
Many plants growing fine.
Almost no flowers. I collected the bulbs.
I bought 8 purple-flowered bulbs from a dollar store, $2.
The bulbs in the basement have short green shoots.
I planted all the bulbs and there are thin shoots now about 15 cm high.
One purple-flowered stalk is in bloom.
I planted my 7 bulbs.
I moistened them in the basement a few weeks ago and they have short green shoots.
Four shoots are up.
I got one flower. The plants are still growing.
They did not grow very large, and only 2 have flowered.
July and August were very dry.
I bought 4 Twilight bulbs and 4 Zamora bulbs from T&T, $4.95 each set.
I planted all my bulbs, both the saved ones and my new ones.
Two shoots came up today, and well up.
I planted 2 rows of bulbs,
some from last year and some new purple-flowered ones.
I treated my own bulbs with hot water before storing them to kill the thrips.
Some spikes are up their rows.
The spiked are quite variable in size.
I cleaned my bulbs and set them right side up in moist vermiculite in the dark to give them a head start.
The bulbs had sprouted radial roots and stalks, some long.
I planted them.
The plants that were developed before planting sent their first leaves up almost as soon as I planted them.
About 5 plants are flowering.
The edges of the flowers were brown.
After picking some today, I see there are many bugs in them, probably thrips.
This is the first time I've noticed the thrip problem
but I see from these notes that they were probably there last year too.
I bought 12 bulbs at LaCoste Garden Centre, 49 cents each.
I planted my bulbs.
Besides the ones I bought I planted 4 very large white-flowered bulbs,
4 large white-flowered bulbs, and 4 of coloured flowers, probably yellow.
Good germination and doing well.
Sadly, the flowers buds are brown and never open.
Ben planted the bulbs.
30 cm spikes in their row now.
I cleaned the bulbs up and put them in a tray.
This is make sure they're pointed the right side up so that the first sprout goes straight up.
Then I sprayed them and added a little water. I'm trying to give them a head start.
Is this a good idea? I don't know. I guess I'll find out.
I put them into moist vermiculite.
I planted them, 17 bulbs.
Some had no roots, some one root, some many roots; one had a small green sprout.
Some leaves today.
Starting them early in vermiculite doesn't seem to have had any effect.
Coming along. No flower stalks yet.
I think they have been hurt by the extreme dryness in July.
I hope the irrigation system helps them out.
The bulbs are all still in the basement.
I planted a row.
A nice row of leaves.
First flower, a red one.
I removed the stalks.
I planted the bulbs.
I got only a few flowers.
They did not do well in this cool wet summer, and the bulbs,
that Ben has brought in, are small.
I removed the stalks and old bulbs from the new bulbs
and set them right side up in a box.
I planted, salmon-rose, yellow, and white.
Shoots up this morning.
Coming along fine.
First flowers, white.
The weather has been dry and most of the flowers
have had brown edges and did not open fully.
Ben dug the bulbs.
I planted the salmon-rose bulbs.
I dug the bed earlier today and worked-in some compost.
I gave each bulb a small scoop of super triple phosphate.
I planted the yellow- and white-flowered bulbs.
I planted another row of the yellow- and white-flowered bulbs,
using the remaining smaller bulbs.
I planted 2 rows of small corms,
to try to produce full size bulbs eventually.
First flowers, 2 white ones.
Only 1 of the small corms has grown, to my surprise.
I have had a succession of flowers.
I have been marking the plants as I remove the flowers according to the colour
of the flowers,
white, yellow, or rose.
I planted the good-sized bulbs, and also 7 small ones to see if they grow,
even if they don't flower.
I bought 10 bulbs for $1.97 from zellers.
I planted them.
The May 18 planting is coming through.
The May 29 planting is coming through.
The May 29 bulbs are flowering well, in a beautiful salmon rose colour.
The other bulbs have produced 3 flower stalks so far, in white or yellow.
I dug the bulbs. Most of them are large. A few are rather small;
I expect those were the small ones that I planted.
I put moist peat moss on top of my bulbs.
They were drying out. I removed the stalks months ago.
Some of the bulbs have roots and sprouts.
I planted the bulbs, and mulched them with grass clippings.
The sprouts have dried out; I don't know how those bulbs will do.
I expect that new sprouts will develop from other spots on the bulbs.
One shoot up at last.
Several shoots came up today,
I think from the bulbs that had made a false start.
There are about 4 shoots already up from, I suspect, other bulbs.
First flower, a yellow one.
Fairly heavy frost last night. I dug the bulbs.
Only 3 plants flowered this summer, undoubtedly due to the false start.
April 1 (approx.):
I removed the old dried stalks from
the bulbs (actually corms),
and removed the newspaper wrapping from about half
I removed the newspaper from the rest.
The bulbs look fine. There are many of them,
and many are sending out a small new shoot.
I planted them.
The first shoot is pushing through the ground.
First flower, a white one.
There are about 10 stalks today, 5 white and 5 yellow.
I have picked some.
Flowering is recently over.
Leaves and stalks are tall and green.
I dug up the bulbs, leaving the leaves and stems on,
and put them in a bucket in the basement.
The bulbs are huge!
Only 2 bulbs from last year were large enough to use.
I bought about 20 more, and planted them all.
Planted 12 bulbs saved from last year.
Still just appearing now.
Eventually, a good show.
Shoots up, after heavy rains.
About 14 nice flower stalks so far.
They're almost done.
Planted my 3 remaining bulbs.
They were a good size.
I put bone meal in with the bulbs.
Planted 20 more bulbs, landscape series, from T&T.
First shoot visible today.
All or almost all bulbs have sprouted.
Some good-sized bulbs were harvested,
white flowered varieties doing the best.
6 plants growing. They're not very green.
2 whites flowered.
They are not generally doing well. They displayed iron chlorosis.
Try bone meal another year?
One more in flower now.
Two white gladiolus stalks in flower
and others coming,
One spike remains.
Harvested 10 bulbs. Kept 7.
2 are coloured, the others probably white-flowered.