PREPARE FOR SPRING BEAUTY, NOW

Early spring is the time of year when people who plan ahead have absolutely the most beautiful gardens and the rest of us feel left out. The good news is that it is still not too late. Spring bulbs, such as tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and crocus must be planted now in order to root, and then go through a cold treatment for early spring blooming. The weather has certainly been cooperative so there is no excuse for not getting the job done.

Selecting the bulbs is really quit simple with just a few considerations. The colors, heights and whether you want early or late blooming. I like all of the colors so it is just a matter of placing them in an attractive order. Reds next to yellow next to pinks and so on, but not reds next to purples, etc. Just use your best judgement and you will be happy, I promise.

Now for timing…there are some great advantages in selecting late varieties. If you feel hurried every year in the spring to get your flower gardens planted, having a spring garden full of beautiful bulbs will tend to slow you down. This can relieve the stress and also keep you from planting your bedding plants too early. Mixing early with late extends your bulb display but there is the job of cleaning up the early bulbs while the late ones come into bloom.

 

Tip: Planting bulbs in large numbers can seem like a very hard job with all of the bending over, but you can buy a large, bulb size drill bit (auger) that fits in your electric drill to make the job much easier. Look for this drill at any garden shop that sells bulbs. I have used one and have planted 900 bulbs in just one hour.

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