Friday, October 28, 2011
Bulbs, in the generic sense
Some gardeners, both new and experienced, take great delight in correcting people who say they planted bulbs when they actually planted corms, like these crocus corms that I planted in the lawn out back.
I planted 800 crocus corms which should result in a nice display for early spring.
Those people who quibble about corms versus bulbs likely don't even know the difference between them. I learned it at some point because I probably had to know the answer for a test in college back in the day. Today, I have less need for that information.
For the record, though, if you cut a true bulb in half, you'll find it has layers of what will be the leaves when it grows in the spring. If you cut a corm in half, you'll find fleshy stem tissue.
Then there are tubers, which are like potatoes.
I planted these tubers today.
I also planted some true bulbs of daffodils, using this handy rockery trowel.
When I bought the rockery trowel years ago, I had no idea what I would use it for, but it was a trowel I'd never seen so I got it anyway.
As it turns out, it is the perfect trowel for planting smaller bulbs. You thrust it into the ground, push it forward, drop a bulb, or a corm, or a tuber, behind it, then pull it out and tamp down. Gosh, I'm glad I bought this trowel. (If you want one, I know that the Garden Tool Company carries a couple different brands of it.)
I'm looking forward now to my spring flower display, a mix of old bulbs that should return and new bulbs just planted.
By the way, if you felt a need to correct me just now for writing "a mix of old bulbs that should return and new bulbs just planted" and think I should have written "a mix of old bulbs, corms, and tubers, etc., then Dr. Hortfreud suggests that you have other issues to resolve, too. She thinks you probably also take great delight in telling people that a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable. She thinks you should get over it and just go plant your own bulbs, in the generic sense, before it is too late.