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Bloom time charts for fall-planted bulbs, spring-planted bulbs and perennials. Very handy!

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Mixed varieties of alliums. http://www.vanmeuwen.com/flowers/flower-bulbs/alliums/allium-cottage-garden-collection/25698VM

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The nodding bell shaped flowers of Fritillaria meleagris are unmistakeable for their snake skin markings. This British wild flower bulb is now protected and rarely seen in its native meadows, but will always attract attention in a woodland garden, rockery, or naturalised in grass.

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If you’re not one for planning ahead, here’s how to bring flowering bulbs into your home right now.

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Alliums in the flower border -- they look like little pom-poms or like the flower in the lorax.

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How to Force a Hyacinth Bulb.*This method is a particularly easy way to bring a bit of spring into your home before plants outside have warmed up enough to flower. You can use vases created especially for this purpose, or any jar or vase with a small enough mouth to support the bulb, without letting it fall in the water. The point of a forcing glass is to hold the bottom of the bulb away from the water. SEE WEBSITE for specifics: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/how-to-force-a-hyacinth-bulb/

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