SG538: Top 20 Tulips and Daffodils from Colorblends with Tim Schipper, Jen McGuinness, Julie Thompson Adolf, and Susan Vollenweider

Welcome to Still Growing's 1st Annual Spring Bulb Party! This week, I’m joined by some amazing garden friends: Jen McGuinness from Frau Zinnie, Julie Thompson-Adolf from Garden Delights, and Susan Vollenweider from The History Chicks Podcast and a Columnist at the Kansas City Star. Together, we shared our top picks for Tulips, Daffodils, and Spring Bulbs from the Colorblends Catalog. Keeping us on track for beautiful displays in our Spring 2017 Gardens, Tim Schipper from Colorblends was on hand to review our Top 20 Spring Bulbs from the Colorblends Catalog. We laughed, we learned, and we ordered some gorgeous flowers - a true garden party!

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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson.

Tim Schipper - Colorblends
Jen McGuinness - Frau Zinnie
Julie Thompson Adolf - Garden Delights
Susan Vollenweider - The History Chicks Podcast | KC Star Columnist

Interview Questions

Tim, why don't you take a moment to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit of your connection with Colorblends.

Time Stamp: 10:45

Tell us the Colorblends story and the unique value you and your company bring to the bulb market.

Time Stamp: 12:25

Let's talk really quick about color. Colorblends has become masters at what colors go well together.

Time Stamp: 15:30

Alright, Jen McGuinness will start us off. What are your five top picks?

Time Stamp: 18:50

Tim, do you have any tricks to keep critters away from the bulbs?

Time Stamp: 29:35

Next up is Susan Vollenweider. What are your top five picks, Susan?

Time Stamp: 31:40

How far apart do you usually plant the bulbs?

Time Stamp: 34:00

How do you use the Red Crown Imperials?

Time Stamp: 39:15

Julie Adolf Thompson of Garden Delights is up next. Take it away Julie!

Time Stamp: 44:20

Tim, what are your favorite bulbs for cutting and flora bouquets?

Time Stamp: 51:40

What are the best ways to force bulbs in a greenhouse situation?

Time Stamp: 53:20

Jennifer shares some her favorite picks!

Time Stamp: 55:50

Can you start bulbs in pots? If so, when would it be a good time to plant them?

Time Stamp: 1:01:00

How do you plant and grow snowdrops?

Time Stamp: 1:03:40

Is it true you can grow a certain species of daffodil in Florida weather?

Time Stamp: 1:06:15

Are there any bulbs that grow well in the shade?

Time Stamp: 1:07:45

What can you do to get bulbs growing in the same spot after voles had destroyed the bulbs last year?

Time Stamp: 1:09:30

Tim, Colorblends has something pretty special that they've done in your location this year. Can you please tell the audience what it is?

Time Stamp: 1:10:10

Have we missed anything else, Tim?

Time Stamp: 1:14:40

How can Still Growing listeners order bulbs from Colorblends?

Time Stamp: 1:16:25

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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