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Basket of Bulbs Giveaway

A Blog Called Plot Bulbs

My friends at DutchGrown.com are sponsoring SUCH a fantastic giveaway this month, valued at $100. I only wish it made sense for me to enter myself, because I covet bulbs like nobody’s business. But where I live in Florida, most of these bulbs just won’t make it. For those of you in the right zones, here’s what’s on the table:

– 3 Calla Bulbs
– 3 Trumpet Lily Bulbs
– 3 Gladiolus Bulbs
– 3 Dahlia Bulbs
– 2 Peony Root
– 2 Geranium Pink
– 1 Amaryllis Belladona
– 2 Polianthes (tuberose) bulbs
The bulbs will be shipped to the winner at the end of April, and will be ready to plant. Not only will this combination look gorgeous in the garden, they’ll be so pretty as fresh cut flowers. Picture them in a low container on the dinner table, or a few stems in a bud vase in the living room or bathroom.
One of the entry options (the one that gives you the most points) is to share your story about the bulbs you like most and why. I’ll kick it off with some stories of my own:
It’s hard to pick favorites among the bulbs because all of these beauties are enticing, but dahlias are my heart’s desire. I’ll never forget my first visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden in August of 1996. The dahlias were blooming furiously in every color, some with flowers as large as my head. The flowers were so magical, so perfect, I wanted to stay forever. Not exaggerating.
I’m almost as attached to peonies. That same year, I worked for the summer as a floral designer at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York. We grew all our own flowers, so I arrived early each morning to drive around in a golf cart and harvest what I needed for the day. A massive patch of pink, purple and white peonies was the last stop on my route (save the best for last).
Six years prior to that, I went to Holland with my mom and toured the tulip fields. When you see nothing but tulips in every color for as far as the eye can see, it’s mind-blowing. Need I say more?

March 18, 2015

Bee Chalet Giveaway

bee giveaway

I’m excited to offer this giveaway, which is connected to the newly-launched Crown Bees Indiegogo campaign. Crown Bees has a goal: to create a network of Bee Boosters who support and raise native bees that can later be shared with local farmers.

“Since one out of every three bites of food we eat depends on bees, we need more native bees to help take the stress off of honey bees,” says Dave Hunter, CEO of Crown Bees, a supplier of gentle, solitary bees such as mason bees and leafcutter bees as well as American-made bee houses and supplies.

“Together, native bees and honey bees will pollinate more crops and protect our food supply,” he explains.

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Hunter challenges everyone to be part of the solution and support Crown Bees’ mission today by becoming a Bee Booster and donating to their grassroots campaign.

According to Hunter, everyone can be part of the solution. “Everyone needs to help by either supporting the campaign or by raising native bees to pollinate crops. In turn, this lightens the workload of troubled honey bees and helps keep food on your table,” says Hunter.

“This is a mission we all have to believe in – and act on now, not later,” he says.

Bee Boosters will connect on a new website called Bee With Me. The interactive community unites people across the country that care about the environment, want to help save bees, and are interested in learning how to raise native bees or already have a bee house in their backyard.

Native, solitary bees, such as mason bees, are easy to raise. It’s easier than hanging and filling a birdfeeder. As an added benefit for homeowners and parents, these gentle bees rarely sting and increase the production of flowers and veggies in gardens.

Crown Bees is sweetening the pot for contributors. Everyone who joins the Indiegogo campaign at any level will become a Bee Booster with access to Bee with Me. Additionally, every contributor receives the new “All about Native Bees” e-book and a shout out on Crown Bees’ website.

Kaveri Lily Bulb Giveaway

lily bulb giveaway

I’m well aware that not everyone lives in Florida, so this lily bulb giveaway is for those of you who live in colder climes. The ground will thaw soon, and it will be time to plant bulbs. Enter to win a 5-Pack of these gorgeous new Oriental Asiatic ‘Kaveri’ lilies from Longfield Gardens to add a punch of color to your bed or border. With large, fragrant flowers, ‘Kaveri’ has eye-catching petals that are golden yellow brushed with tangerine and burgundy. The vigorous, 3’ to 4′ plants produce lots of buds so you’ll enjoy weeks of flowers.
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Win a Bug-Off Instant Screen

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You’re a gardener, so you’re constantly going in and out of the door when the weather is nice. How annoying is it that you have to open and close the door every time you walk through, in the process letting bugs in the house? If you’re carrying something, you have to put it down, open the door, pick it up, walk through the door, and then kick the door shut with your foot. That’s five steps to get outside. Not the best experience, right? The alternative is to step through the Bug-Off Instant Screen and be done with it.

That’s why you’ll definitely want to enter to win the Big-Off Instant Screen.

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The winner will receive an easy-install screen that’s custom sized to their door of choice. It will make your spring and summer SO much better.

Also, consider that it isn’t just you using the door. If you have kids, you know how obsessed they are with using the door repeatedly. Parenting magazine has a story on their website about this fascination. It may be fun for kids, but adults usually find it pretty aggravating to hear the door opening and shutting all day long. If you remove the door option for kids by installing a Bug-Off screen, Parenting has a great idea: give them something else to open and shut. Toddlers love playing with Tupperware.