Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rhizomes and Corms Oh My!

Boy am I glad I took that gardening class this past spring that taught me all about bulbs, corms and rhizomes! It was a free class at a local library taught by Master Gardeners - here's the link to the post I did about it - http://squirrelchatter.blogspot.com/2009/03/bulbs.html.

Anywho, one of my lovely blog friends was so kind to gift me with some wonderful plants this summer including some cannas. And my amazing husband surprised with me pink glads to plant in our yard for my birthday! These plants were show stoppers all summer long!

Of course I want them to come back next year so I dutifully dug them up this past weekend while we were basking in unusually warm 70 degree weather (crazy for mid-November in Indiana!). The whole digging them up in the fall idea seems easy enough and I admit I grossly underestimated the amount of effort it actually takes. Sigh.

My stash of canna rhizomes and glad bulbs are happily drying out in my dark laundry room as we speak!

Here's a peek at my unearthed glad corms - aren't they lovely? When I first planted them this spring they were so tiny and now many are a good two inches across! I'm betting on an even greater glad show next summer!

And here's my mess of cannas! They tripled in quantity! I planted maybe 4 tubers and dug up this! Wow!

Now I can rest easy the rest of the fall/winter season. I even planted 50 daffodils and 6 narcissi! So much gardening to do so little time! I was going to move some daffs that I have planted to close to my rhubarb but I hate blind digging because I always end up butchering a bulb - so I think I will wait until the spring after they've flower and move them when I can still see their leaves, etc so I know where they're at.


TMC said...

I never got around to planting mine so maybe I could get a cutting or two from you next year?! :)

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