Bulbs we love

Bulbs we love


This June I visited the home of a new client who had a flowering bulb blooming in her gardens that I didn’t recognize. I was intrigued. It turns out it wasOrnithogalum magnum, a tall, white, dramatic spike that I simply fell in love with. It flowers in mid-June at exactly the same time as many Alliums. Both are deer and rodent proof. Naturally, I searched for this bulb and FOUND it! We now carry it on our racks individually or in a combo. pack with purple Alliums called the Shining Stars Blend.


Do you see holes like this in your garden beds? I took this picture a week ago at Natureworks. It is probably our resident chipmunks hard at work, but it could be voles. This kind of digging can destroy a bulb planting quickly. We now have a solution!

When in Chicago in August I got a chance to talk in depth to the creator of Repellex Systemic. This granular material is taken up into the plant and makes it taste like hot pepper.  It is safe and all natural, but of course you don’t want to use it on your food crops as they will taste hot! This product is taken into the plant when it is actively growing. When you plant bulbs now, they immediately start growing roots. As it takes 2-3 weeks for this product to take effect, they won’t be protected at the beginning.But after that, they WILL be protected from voles. Next spring, reapply Repellex Systemic when the bulb foliage starts to emerge. One application will protect the bulbs for 3 months, plenty of time for them to bloom and grow leaves and go dormant. Did I mention this will also protect your spring blooming bulbs from deer???


In order to protect your bulbs for the first few weeks,  use Repellex granular in the planting hole or sprinkle a bit into the top of the soil.


Deer resistant and vole resistant bulbs include:

  • Daffodils
  • Colchicum
  • Leucojum (summer snowflake)
  • Eranthis (winter aconite)
  • Alliums
  • Ornithogalum magnum

and yes, we have plenty!