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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 8, 2005 GARDEN & FARM GARDEN JOURNAL Paul Barbano ,Harbingers of spring can be planted now /:Garde:'tike Winners and we alf/t6 aT'handsraL down winner," Hands down, of course, is when you win effortlessly like a good poker hand. But "hands down" doesn't come to us from poker or indeed from any card game. It's not a poker hand that is "hands down" but rather a jockey with his hands down. When vic- tory seemed certain, the jockey re- laxed his grip on the reins and rides triumphantly across the fin- ish line relaxed with his "hands down." The gamble in gardening is that you'll plant something andit : won't grow. Bulbs overcome that problem because they come with thefl0wer already stored. ' Plant daffodil bulbs now and for a few minutes work you'll all but guarantee next spring's blooms. And gpring neyer comes soon enough for some of us. That's a good reason to try some of the earliest daffodils you can find. Miniatures are usually the first to bloom so plant the tiny, early, all-yellow trumpet Little Gem and the similar Small Talk. "Crocodilis" is a daffodil that blooms with the crocuses. You can order it from Colorblends (www.colorblends.com). More full sized than the minia- Plant daffodil bulbs now and for a few minutes work you'll comes soon enough for some of us. That's a good reason to try all but guarantee next spring's blooms. And spring never some of the earliest daffodils you can find. tures but still early is "Rijnveld's Early Sensation." This is an all- yellow heirloom that goes back to 1943. At 15 inches tall it's quite large for such an early flower. It is almost always the earliest Daf- fodil to bloom. As suits an early flower it is also very hardy often poking up and blooming in the snow. Almost all daffodils are hardy from USDA Zones 3 to 81 Daffodils do best in well- drained, sandy, soil rich in humus. Plant full sized daffodils about eight inches deep. Miniature daf- fodils can be planted about 4 to 6 inches deep. Add organic bulb food or crushed bone meal to the soil when planting. Then just wait until spring. Your early daffodils won't just last for years; they may actually spread forming wild colonies. After the daffodils bloom let the foliage die back naturally. If you want you can cut off spent blooms, which will increase the size of the underlying bulbs be- cause they won't be making seed. But for naturalizing just let the seedpods form and release into the surrounding areas. As the growth pops up in spring you may want to scatter some more bone meal or bulb food. But most daffodils even the early ones seem to do fine with little if any care. If your early daffodils don't win hands down, they will at least give your other flowers a run for the money. Paul Barbano writes about gar- dening and farming from his home in Rehoboth Beach. Address questions or comments to him c/o the Cape Gazette. tures. Patrons may purchase tickets at the first stop on the tour, the Children's'Beach House, located at 1800 Bay Avenue in lewes. Tour booklets, maps and driving di- rections will be distributed at the Beach House. Advance tickets are available at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Lewes Chamber of Com- merce or by sending a check to Garden Ponds and Landscaping, 14680 Coastal Highway, Milton DE 19968. Purchasers should include their name and address with their ticket request. Ponds provide soothing running water, a variety of critters that entertain throughout the season and numerous water plants. One pond owner said, "Fifteen minutes pond- side is simply the best way to relieve stress and get back in touch with nature." The ponds on the tour vary in size and shape to fit diverse yard configurations. Visitors will see small, medium and large ponds that include waterfalls, streams, 'fountains and night lighting. Many varieties of plants will be on display, including water lilies, lotus, cattails, iris and papyrus. Most pond owners have volunteered to be on hand to discuss their ponds, fish and water gardening experience. Garden Ponds and Landscaping is a lo- cally owned business that specializes in pond design, building and maintenance in addition to landscape services. Its show- room is located on Route 1, five miles north of Five Points on the southbound side. In- formation about water gardening, pond in- stallation and fish health will be available at the store during the Parade of Ponds. The second annual Parade of Ponds is sponsored by Turf Equipment and Supply. For more information, visit www.garden- pondsandlandscaping.com. Pond owners in the Cape Region will open their backyards to share the beauty and excitement of their garden ponds in an event that benefits the Children's Beach House in Lewes. The second annual Parade of Ponds will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, rain or shine. Garden Ponds and Landscaping, the sponsor of the event, will build on last year's success and offer double the number of ponds open for viewing, a total of 24, in- cluding two new pondless waterfalls. Each pond has a unique, custom design, com- plete with plants, fish and landscape fix- Parade of Ponds Sept. 17 to benefit Children's Beach House