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Gord Nickel: Well, we have looked at all other people’s favorites. We now look at Carl’s favorite.
Hey, Carl, you brought out a couple here that you said, well, you always mention that you like blue. So that is pretty well obvious. Why do you like these ones and what are they?
Carl: What your hands resting on there is Muscari Latifolium. I think most people are familiar with the regular Grape Hyacinth, which is Muscari Armenniacum, which we see plant it in masses every where. And in Holland, and in the Kicking off Show Gardens it is the most common bulb. They are beautiful in large landscapes and they are inexpensive. These last couple of years, I see more, more of Muscari Latifolium which is the double colored one with a light blue color top and a darker bottoms.
Gord: Well, we have got here your favorite here. Can you plant it up in this bulb dish, and maybe explain what this bulb dish really is.
Carl: The bulb dish is one of the solutions that we have come up with or the industries come up with, people do not want to have unsightly bulbs sitting in their yard or in their garden after they finish flowering. They want to get on the annuals. However, they want to keep their balls. They want to have them and park them somewhere in the back of their garden or back of their yards, somewhere where they can continue to grow and yet the spot that they were sitting can be used again for their favorite perennial night or annual at that time.
And what this little basket does is it makes it very easy for you to lift the bulbs out of the ground, with roots and everything, and the foliage on top intact, and again move it into a spot in your yard which is in this prominent, where they can easily grow out.
Carl: They are easy to plant, they do not deteriorate. So, again, you plant the whole basket and all into ground and again, once they finish flowering, you can lift the whole basket out and allow the bulbs to continue growing.
Gord: Excellent. What have we got here?
Carl: This is actually, a new little hyacinth glass and I think many people re familiar with the hyacinth glasses that we have had over the many years. This is very good, what I consider improvement. Oftentimes, what happens with the hyacinths once they start growing and blooming, they tend to get a little bit long, and if they are not as sturdy on this existing hyacinth glasses, the tend to topple or fall over. Well, this particular glass is great that way because it has lots of support all the way up to the top and this thing will not topple over. It has a nice little pedicel, I guess, you want to call it, that the bulb sits on. Make sure that when you fill this up with water, that again it does not touch the bulb that it is just below root crown of the bulb. And make sure that you still put it somewhere in a dark cool place, where it can actually root, and once it is rooted, and it has got a decent shoot on it, then bring it inside, inside your living room for continuing to bloom and bring it out for blooming.
Gord: Well, Carl, I always appreciate you coming out. You give us so much information in half an hour and I appreciate you sharing your favorites with us plus this new little accessories.
Gord Nickel has been a professional horticulturalist for almost 30 years. Taken from his popular TV show, Gord, who has been working in gardens since he was 15 years old, teaches easy, fun gardening skills.