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From Bumps to Bulbs: Summer in Review Part 5

From Bumps to Bulbs: Summer in Review Part 5

After my quick trip to El Paso, it was back to the farm to check on the freshly planted antique roses and meet a shipment of some lent lilies that an Oklahoman bulb farmer was divesting themselves of.  The shipment of bulbs is on the tailgate of my truck, and the rose you see is […]

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From Bumps to Bulbs: Summer in Review Part 4

From Bumps to Bulbs: Summer in Review Part 4

We made it back to the farm after our trip across the South and the only really exciting thing to mention was the fact that the original milk and wine lily crinums had now put on their gigantic seed pods where flowers had once been. These pods eventually pull the flower stalks down to the […]

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Another Day in the Mud

Another Day in the Mud

I hate getting stuck.  Did anyone out there read my latest book “The Bulb Hunter” and remember the chapter where I got stuck on the coldest day of the year?  Well, today wasn’t the coldest day in the year, but it sure was frigid and I managed to get stuck.  It was an enticing 30 […]

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September Speaking Schedule

September Speaking Schedule

Happy Thursday! Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on Chris’ speaking engagements that are open to the public this month!  – Saturday, September 14, 10:00AM Tomball, TX– Bulbs and Buddies – The Arbor Gate The Arbor Gate’s Bulbs and buddies event kicks off at 10AM with a seminar presented by Chris and Heidi Sheesley […]

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All The Crinums Are Blooming

All The Crinums Are Blooming

The rain really has the crinums blooming on the farm for another spectacular round. We haven’t seen a great second bloom out of Crinum ‘Bradley’ but the milk and wine lilies (Crinum x herbertii) and ‘Carol Abbott’ bulbs are all on their 3rd bloom! Of course, the ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ bulbs, which are in their prime […]

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Something Was Staring At Me

Something Was Staring At Me

We had dinner tonight at a couple’s house with the last name Ball–they’re originally from Mississippi and their house was filled with interesting old pieces from the small town where they worked and grew up. When I walked into one room, I felt like something was staring at me…sure enough, there were a lot of […]

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Eggplants and Katydids

Eggplants and Katydids

This week I found myself in a garden of a friend that was filled with eggplant (Solanum melongena). He took the time to harvest some! There were a lot and now we’re trying to figure out what to do with them all. Today this fellow landed on my truck. Amazing how a katydid can actually […]

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Alpine Bulbs

Alpine Bulbs

I’ve read some about Alpine bulbs, but not near enough to know what I was looking at today. It has a yellow flower and almost appears to be an orchid of some type. They filled random clearings with their charming yellow blooms. We came across them at about 10,000 feet. Of course, there happened to […]

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Can you guess where these gardens are?

Can you guess where these gardens are?

I’m afraid this is the week of short blog posts! After scurrying around the farm this morning, poking a hole in my nice slacks with some wire, and getting some last minute orders shipped out, Rebecca and I ran to the airport in Dallas to catch a flight to visit my brother.

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How Many Grasshoppers Can You Count

How many grasshoppers can you count on this one stalk of crinum blooms?! Our milk and wine lilies continue to bloom, but the grasshoppers are starting to have a field day with the blooms. Does anybody have a suggestion for controlling grasshoppers?

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