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Yippee - I can plant bulbs again!

I feel like a little kid. I could just go skipping around my garden! It's September, so the time for planting bulbs has begun!

Looking around

Even though I'm still thrilled whenever I see my gorgeous dahlias, I've already started to nose around here and there for colorful bulbs to plant this fall. That's because they are so widely available at the market in Haarlem which is close to where I live. They give my garden the first flowers of the new year, so I'm going to create a colorful and inviting display! This year, however, I'm going to look for some less familiar kinds, just out of curiosity.

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Crazy about tulips

I simply couldn't do without tulips in my garden. I've worked for tulip bulb growers for years, and I just love tulips. I try different colors every year. This year, I'm going for a nice hot pink and an intense deep red.

Daffodils for Easter

Sunny yellow daffodils are perfect for Easter - they make me think of everything associated with Easter. Yellow isn't usually my favorite color, but I can't get enough of it at Easter. Isn't this one pretty? It's Narcissus 'Fortissimo': yellow with a cute little orange nose.

Checkered fritillary

My mother has a huge garden that contains checkered fritillaries. Their flowers fascinate me every year, so it's about time I tried them in my garden, too. The Latin name for the Checkered fritillary is Fritillaria meleagris. And the name for them in Dutch is Kievietsbloem since they also look like lapwing eggs. Their white and lilac flowers add a beautiful touch of color to the garden. Another nice bonus: checkered fritillaries naturalize quickly so they will emerge year after year! And they thrive not only in sunny spots but in shady spots as well.

Early Glory-of-the-Snow

This is one of the earliest spring-flowering bulbs. The first Glory-of-the-Snow buds can even push their way through the snow. Another nice feature: they produce more bulbs every year. I'm definitely going to give these a go! Their Latin name is fairly complicated: Chionodoxa. I think I'll stick to Glory-of-the-Snow - that's  is easier to pronounce.

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