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SAME DAY SERVICE Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 1997 23 Show time is near. The first daffodils are blooming provid- ing a preview of the coming extravaganza. A dazzling choir of delightful bulb beauties is preparing the ode to spring. The masses of yellow and multi-colored daffodils and diminutive pastel crocus lead followed by tulips, hyacinths, ranunculus, anemones and iris. The dazzling lily leads the chorus for the summer show. Freesia, gladiolus, dahlias, and liatris play colorful supporting roles. The latter three will hold theirenchanting notes through fall. What a show, and such an easy one to produce. Bulbs are simple to plant with a trowel or a bulb planting tool. Plant them with their tips facing up or in the case of iris with the flat side up. Mostimpor-  , ::..,,  i tant, plant all bulbs in well-drained soil. This can be a challenge in our area, so double dig your beds and mix in plenty of compost. Water the bed well and check to be sure the water drains. Bulbs will turn mushy and die from rot if they stand in saturated soil. The bulb stores enough nutrients to feed the plant through the current season, but it needs to be replenished each year. When you plant mix in a handful of bone meal to help the plant store food for the following season. Bulb foliage feeds the bulb to help build up stores, so don't cut it back until it turns brown. This denouement is not beautiful, but can be hidden by planting other flowers that will cover the bare, browning leaves and stems. Don't give in to the temptation to remove the foliage too soon, or you will destroy the bulbs capacity to regenerate. Part of what makes bulbs so appealing is their ability to return year after year, bigger and better. Many will multiply in the ground, called naturalizing You  a bonus When young and iivide them every three or four years. The bulbs, rhizomes, tubers and corms (commonly all lumped into the broader category of bulb) listed here all boast a myriad of varieties in a full scale of colors. Have fun experiment- ing with new hues and shapes. For a more dramatic presenta- tion, orchestrate your planting in masses or clumps of one color. The bulbs listed in this show are only a sampling. I selected them because I have grown them all in my Pahrump garden. This will be my third gardening year in Pahrump. Like many of you, I started with bare land. There were no trees, no shade and no protection from our blistering sun and tearing wind. Their only nurturing was well prepared beds. All of them sang a lovely melody and survived to perform another season. Each year I try new bulbs or new varieties. Giant Alliums joined last year's chorus. This year I plan to add Mexican Shell Flowers for summer bloom and more varieties of gladiolus and dahlias. I started planting anemones and ranunculus late fall and will continue to plant them for another month or more. They just keep singing. Gardeners who have created micro-climates in protected areas have a much broader range to play and can include bulbs that thrive in the shade. Bulbs also perform well in pots providing a serenade for the patio, the garden and inside the house. I brought potted lilies with me, and they still put on a brilliant show from late spring through fall. You can always find a spot to add a few more bulbs. Clumps of daffodils, crocus or dutch iris in lawns provide a delightful surprisereminiscent of wandering in a wild wood- land. The only special require- ment is to delay cutting the grass until bulb foliage dies back. Bulbs are splendid. The only problem I know is that I often dig them up when I'm planting annuals in the beds. Digging carefully to try to feel them helps. Planting annuals from seeds rather than plants is an even better solution. 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