Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dig Drop Done

I'm calling on all gardeners, particularly the baby boomers like me to educate younger gardeners about the virtues of bulbs.
'Dig,Drop, Done' is a new campaign for consumers in Canada and the US to help promote and ensure
the future of the joy of bulb gardening.  My information of the DDD Foundation came via Vanhof and Blokker Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario, one of the supporting companies when they sent me a package of red 'Canadian Liberator' tulips.  The name chosen by Princess Margriet is to honour all members of the Canadian Army, Navy, Air Force and Merchant Marines who took part in the liberation of Holland during WWII.
Planting red tulips to honour the military has been done for many years as seen in a bed at our local arboretum that is a colourful tribute to them every spring.

Older generation gardeners known as baby boomers have been planting bulbs for years but the goal of the campaign is to attract a new generation of women (and men) to the effortless beauty that bulbs can provide.
Research and gardening trends have indicated that Generation X and Y tend to lean towards instant
gardens.  The nurseries have complied by featuring groupings of plants including container gardens, bird baths and even furniture for their visual pleasure and easy shopping.
Now, even though these generations are busy with two income families and parenting, they can be shown how easy it is to fit bulb gardening, that will produce an instant garden in the spring, into their lives.
This is where the ladies come in:  Marcy, Juliana and Evelyn.
Image Courtesy of Woodbine Advertising

Marcy is a super Mom just over thirty with three young children who does substitute teaching and has a busy life between job and family.  However, she's competitive and proves she is organized with her colour coding of children and bulbs.
Juliana is a single fashionista interior designer in her late thirties.  She gardens on her balcony and always follows the latest trends and colours for her wardrobe, and her bulbs.
Evelyn is a fifty something mother and empty nester still working and as she sits in her housecoat, hair in rollers, she'll have you smiling as she relates her success with bulbs while ogling the neighbour's gardener. 
The ladies can be found on the website as well as bulb facts, tips, how to plant, inspirational photos and much more.  Go to
As with flowers, plant in groups of three or five and press the bulbs gently into the hole, cover with soil then water.  There you have it:  dig, drop, done!
Plant bulbs around perennials so that they'll hide the fading leaves in spring as they return nourishment to the bulb for the next year.  
Creating drifts of colour with bulbs will result in a stunning show in the spring. 
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday and Tootsie at Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday.


  1. Judith I just planted my tulips again for the spring & what beauties I found this time to enjoy.

    Love the patriotism & memory ...

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~

  2. How I love ANY flower that springs forth from a bulb. And so do the local deer. THUS, we are putting up a privacy fence next April (tired of fighting the deer and dogs) so next fall I will be planting some tulips and what-have-you.

    Love this program. It does seem that the gardening 'gene' has skipped a generation. Personally, I'd be very sad NOT to have flowers in the yard.

    Hope you are doing well.

  3. Tulips are really very beautiful with all the colors they give. But they are purely temperate plants so we just stand in awe in blog posts like yours. The first time i saw tulips growing as weeds under trees in Sweden, i immediately have my photo taken! And seeing the almost black color is really very exciting. I also plant bulbs, but they are amaryllis and a few lilies.

  4. I love tulips, but something "gets them" every time I plant them. For a while, I thought I was doing something wrong, but now I think it's a squirrel or skunk. I can't imagine a world without tulips or daffodils or dahlias or glads. How odd that an entire generation has skipped over their beauty.

  5. What a great idea! I love tulips and only have one or two plants that seem to come up but I do have a lot of daffodils. I need more garden space to plant bulbs. One of these years.... Blessings, Pamela

  6. Every year we add to our bulb collection, especially daffodils. They bring such joy in the spring.

  7. I usually add more bulbs every year..can't this year budget is too tight. Will have to wait for them to multiply
    Have a great weekend

  8. I am planning to use a lot of bulbs in my new gardens!!!
    I am so lucky to have such a great group of gardeners to share with...thank you so much for linking into my little party today...I look forward to many more posts as wonderful as this from you!!!
    I hope your week/weekend is just what you hoped it would be!!!
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  9. Hi Judith! I'm so glad you shared this. Bulbs are a vital part of our garden and each year I plant hundreds more. Which reminds me! I'd better get started soon. Have a lovely weekend. – g

  10. Great post, waiting on a bulb order to come in now!

  11. Bulbs are not a staple of gardens in spots that are hot, humid and dry for most of the year, like my corner of the world. I've only come to planting bulbs in the last two years, mostly Asiatic and Oriental Lilies, but I'm a huge fan now!

  12. Hi Judith,
    I love the early spring color that bulbs provide!

    Have a lovely weekend,

  13. Great post, Judith! I love spring flowers. They are so cheery when their little heads first appear to herald the end of winter. Have a nice wknd!
    Hugs, Beth

  14. Hi Judith,

    I didn't know planting bulbs was a dying art ... hopefully the younger gen will keep it going through this kind of thing, Also didn't know about the bigger ironing boards. That would certainly have helped with my curtains and when ironing tablecloths. The things we learn from blogs!!! Have a good weekend, We are enjoying cool temperatures here!

  15. Oh, how I wish I could grow bulbs here at my little cottage, Judith! I always enjoyed them in my other gardens, but the animals here would dig them up and eat them before they could ever bloom!
    But if I get the chance to strike up a conversation with a younger gardener, I will certainly suggest bulbs! :)
    Wishing you a very lovely weekend,

  16. What a cute slogan - love that dig, drop, done!

  17. Thanks for the reminder, I am waiting for the clearance prices to come up at some of the big box stores around here so I can add another few dozen bulbs to the madness that is my garden. Dig, drop, done. Love it!

  18. Bulbs are not a staple of gardens in spots that are humid and dry for most of the year, It is eye catching. I have only come to planting bulbs in the last two years, mostly Asiatic and Oriental Lilies.

  19. What a great tip! Thank you. I always say I am going to plant bulbs..and last year I did. Some dear animal made it's bed on my flowers every single night and every morning they were trampled FLAT! Now I am not sure I want to do it again. Perhaps in pots that I can put up out of harms way? :)


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