This entry is the first in a new series from our farm, Ruigrok Flower Bulbs, in De Zilk, The Netherlands. Each week, we will profile a different crop!
This year, Holland experienced an extremely mild spring (ideal bulb weather).
As a result, the harvest began early and the first daffodil bulbs have already arrived to us in New York!
This post will give a quick tour of the flower bulb packaging process at our Dutch farms, as well as a sneak peak of our new retail packaging for this coming season!
It's tough to think of the fall (and flower bulbs) in the midst summer, but our family farms in Holland are currently hard at work harvesting, cleaning, sorting & packing our assortment of over 1200 fall flower bulb varieties! Check out some images of this year's harvest to get an inside look at how a Dutch flower bulb farm operates!
We are pleased to announce 45 brand new varieties to this fall's assortment! This entry will highlight some of our early favorites:
Every other year, our farm in Holland completely overhauls our Fall and Spring Flower Bulb Programs. New varieties that have proved to be popular from the previous cycle remain, and a selection of 50+ new varieties are introduced!
Constant, measured change is important, not only to add new & exciting varieties to offer our customers, but also to keep an eye on popular old time varieties that are being replaced with newer versions featuring stronger genetics.
We are pleased to present our 2014 Summer Flowering Bulb Program, which is now available for purchase online! Our new, full color catalog will mail out this week to existing customers. If you'd like to request a copy, just fill out the catalog request form here. You can also view a full version of the print catalog here.
Senior citizen and public housing complexes in Jersey City are getting a makeover today as more than 700 volunteers participate in the Jersey City Park Coalition’s Big Dig 2013, an annual effort to beautify the city.
The Big Dig is done in partnership with Jersey City, with help from sponsors like Spectra Energy, CarePoint Health, Liberty Science Center and ADR Bulbs.
One of the nation’s biggest suppliers of fall bulbs is a family-owned, Hudson Valley business.
Here in southern New York State (and many other areas of the country), the deer population is staggering (estimated at over 30 million nationwide). In fact, the New York Times once wrote that there are more deer living in the US today than there were when the Pilgrims landed...in 1620. With few natural predators, herds of 20 or 30 deer are common; peacefully grazing away in the gardens that many devote long hours to planting and maintaining.
Why are there so many yellow daffodils? Why do they all look so strikingly similar? On the surface, it does appear that there are some excess varieties out there. However, there are key differences. Certain varieties like Exception are perfectly suited for forcing in pots. Others, like Carlton, (light yellow) & St. Keverne (golden yellow), grow especially well in the deep south. Then there are industry standards like Dutch Master, which is the #1 choice for mass plantings & landscape professionals.
That being said, there is much more to daffodils than the classic yellow! Here are some other varieties that we strongly recommend:
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