Admittedly, the last thing I am thinking about at this time of year is spring. I’m thinking about putting the garden to bed, moving a few frost-friendly plants closer to the house, shorter days, and fire in the old wood stove. This is, however, the best time to plant those early spring bulbs. In March I will be so glad I planned ahead when those first few flowers remind us that warmer days are coming. Thankfully, the weather is just perfect to spend a few hours outdoors planting bulbs.
Here are a few things to consider before planting:
- When planning for spring flowers, try to imagine your yard at the end of winter. Picture in your mind what areas would benefit most from a jolt of color. The previous owners of our home planted tulips around a crepe myrtle, and I can see why that would seem like a good idea in October when it is still in full bloom. However, come early spring, myrtle is still dormant and I have a beautiful ring of tulips around a seemingly dead tree. Not exactly the area that could use a highlight. Consider planting around walkways or early blooming shrubs like forsythia to get the full effect of those early blooms.
- Daffodils are usually the first to bloom so plant them in areas where they will be fully enjoyed. I tend to think daffodils are perfect around the front door. Keep in mind that they will be gone before the grass really starts to grow, so you won’t have to mow around them. They can be anywhere!
- Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses are the first to bloom in spring. I say use them all! They will likely stagger their blooms so using your favorite varieties of each will insure beautiful colors for about a month before anything else starts.
- Make a day of it. Choose a beautiful fall day to head outside as the leaves change, give everyone a shove and a handful of bulbs and get to work digging. Enjoy the fresh air as you spend time with family or friends. I’ve never attended a bulb-planting party, but I certainly would! Reward everyone with a nice pot of chili at the end of the day and dream about a sunny day in the not-so-distant future when all that work will be rewarded.
- One day of work will return years of rewards because bulbs reproduce each year. Every few years they will need to be divided which will give you free bulbs for life!
Eden Brothers has a beautiful selection of bulbs divided into fall and spring planted, so they have done the confusing work for you. There is just one more week to sign up for my FREE gardening class, so send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.