You want a big splash of cheerfulness? Just color me happy with Spring bulbs. The gray, winter-like sky overhead is just a little brighter and the day substantially perkier with the welcome of Spring and Summer bulbs just pushing through the moist earth. I swear even the earthworms are smiling.
It is hard to beat the fresh feel of daffodils and tulips. The smell of the hyacinths makes me want to do the happy dance. And those cute little, neon blue Muscari, ahhh.
Get that Spring pizzazz with bulbs planted the year before. Forget those pesky squirrels nabbing the bounty, forget the back-breaking toil in the soil. Forget all the hard work, aches and pains as you view a palette of color and interest at a time when little else is in bloom. (If you live in a cold climate like me.)
When I plant bulbs, I avoid the squirrel thieves by planting the bulbs deeper than three times the height of the bulb. I place them in a hole 10 to 12 inches deep because city squirrels are just too darn lazy to dig that deep. The hard-working squirrels of the country are a bit more industrious.
The squirrels and Chipper Chipmunk did dig up most of my crocus a few years ago, and I do have to replant. I did show some this year, but as you can see, I have lots of tulips. The varmints do not get my tulip bulbs.
I have bulbs blooming in the garden from early spring until fall. Summer will have multitude of lilies and Allium. If you count rhizomes, I have multitudes more with peonies and iris.
OK, phlox is not a bulb or rhizome, but hey, its blooming. The pinks are ready for the dazzling show soon.
I love tulips and can not get enough. I try to plant annuals where the tulip bulbs lie because the bulbs get the nourishment plus, the annuals are a marker to note location. The annuals have shallow roots and digging does not disturb the bulbs.
The anemone and the annual alyssum make a great pairing. Last year the alyssum draped the wall and was so full. This year I planted the purple and the white reseeded itself. Also here, growing from seed is the biennial, forget-me-not. They fill in before the Alyssum fills out, keeping the show going. The Alyssum did not burn out at all last year and bloomed until covered in snow. Both plants like cooler temps and moist soil. Planted here, they are shaded by the boxwood during the hottest parts of the day.
And here are some rhizomes and Summer bulbs taking the place of the daffodils. You can see little lily nubs showing. This is the bed I divided last year. My potted iris and lily are going gangbusters, but the squirrels are digging them out of the pots. My next post on squirrel invasion will give you an idea with what I am dealing. Load up the shotgun, I am going ‘a hunting.
Please see Green Apples, Daffodil Delight, for more images of the daffodils, like….
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