Gardening in the Santa Fe area is a challenge. This is not news. However, there are plants that survive and even thrive in our environment. Think BULBS.
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is one of the major bulb suppliers in the United States. They offer a program whereby non-profits can register with them, and then when customers order through a special website, the non-profit receives 25 percent of the order.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden is now registered with Brent and Becky’s. We’d like to encourage you to place your bulb orders with Brent and Becky’s, thereby earning Santa Fe Botanical Garden some additional funds. It’s a “win-win” situation. You receive high quality bulbs and excellent customer service plus earning funds for Santa Fe Botanical garden.
We asked several long-time local gardeners for their bulb recommendations. Jan Hale Barbo, Linda Churchill, Arabelle Luckhardt, Rosemary Minard, and Joan West shared their successes (and a few caveats).
Almost all daffodils and Narcissus do well in the Santa Fe area. Rosemary and Arabelle are particularly fond of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Division 5-Triandrus). Rosemary has a woodland garden and loves Narcissus ‘Actaea’ (Division 9 – Poeticus), which needs more moisture than most but after a wet winter makes a huge beautiful clump – very late blooming. Joan commented that although the standard sizes bloom on forever, miniature Narcissus seem to die out after a few years.