For the spring of 2011, I need to get all my bulbs planted before the first frost. I usually plant in groups, 3, 5, 7 or 10 depending on the flower. This brand name of bulb is a new one for me so will see how good the flowers are in the spring. I love getting the garden all ready. I save the pictures and dream of the flowers that will come in the spring. The snow crocus usually bloom by my birthday in February, and the snowdrops even earlier.
So here are the earliest blooming flowers. They will often bloom through the snow and can resist cold weather as spring gradually pushes winter away. Although you will see the deer resistant tag on them – sometimes deer will eat flowers anyway. Daffodils are usually safe, but tulips are like candy to deer. They will walk for miles to eat them!!
The bulb packages tell you clearly how deep to plant, but I totally ignore the spacing directions. I like clumps of flowers. Nice groupings.
Snowdrops look great in clusters. They are more expensive than the other bulbs (I have no idea why). I like to plant snowdrops and crocus in the lawn. They are finished before the lawn needs mowing and add some wonderful color to a dreary winter weary world.
I plant the snow crocus in groups of 5 or 7. By the following spring I usually have double the number of flowers.
Glory of the Snow is a new one for me. I have 3 packages so will try 3 different places in my garden and see where they do best.
Crocus are wonderfully colorful. I love the purple striped and vivid gold ones. These can be planted in the lawn as well the flower beds. Deer WILL eat your crocus!!
These are grape hyacinth. They are only about 5 inches high and naturalize beautifully. I have tucked a few in the lawn out front as well as lots in the flower beds. One of my husband’s favorites so I planted another 100 of them!
So now we come to the mid-spring show. This can be spectacular with all the fabulous varieties of daffodils or narcissi and tulips. They are my main show. I picked up another 100 bulbs of assorted tulips on sale and used them in the new beds I dug. I have circled the old cherry tree in the back yard.
Daffodils are my main focus for mid spring. I would love to buy a whole bushel of them. Maybe some day. I think I put in another 200 this year and still had lots to share with my neighbor. That is one of the great things about gardening. You get outside and as people go past – you get a chance to chat with them. I learn from the older experienced gardeners and get to offer some (hopefully helpful) advice to the new ones.
One of our local growers sells boxes of daffodil bulbs. He promised there are at least 30 bulbs per box but I usually get about 70 for a mere $10!!
Deer DO NOT eat daffodils unless they are totally starving or not too bright. They are toxic to them.
These are a new variety for me of my favorites – hyacinths! Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.
Newer varieties of flowers will be more expensive. If you stick to the older ones, like these old favorite hyacinths – you will be able to afford more bulbs. There are fashions in gardens. Some gardeners are fanatic about having the newest bulbs!! I have seen one cry because she could not get one she had seen in a magazine! Some bulbs are slower to propagate and therefore are more expensive. So think about what you can afford and the effect you are trying to create.
These are a new tulip for me. They look lovely.
And another new one for me. I thought my husband would love them – but he looked at the photo and said – they look kinda weird. lol!! We will see what we get!!
These look much better so maybe it is just the photo?
http://photobucket.com/images/iris/ for the photo.