What does Fall = Spring mean?
Late summer, early fall is when the garden shops get their Fall bulbs. By this time of year, catalogs of Fall bulbs are in the mail. Last year, fall of 2009, after finishing the landscaping of our beautiful new home, I headed out to the stores to purchase my Fall bulbs. Being that I have a lot more gardening beds than grass, I knew that I would need quite a few bulbs. After weighing the cost of bulbs in the mail order catalogs, I thought Costco would be a good place to buy in bulk as my starting off point.
And so I did, purchase package after package and I headed home with 410 bulbs of mainly Daffodils, Crocus and a small amount of Tulips. So proud of myself with the amount that I had and feeling I had plenty to make a beautiful Spring time statement, I relished the amount of work ahead! It wasn’t until I turned the corner and headed into my driveway that I quickly took in the gardening beds of my home. 410 Fall bulbs was only going to make a dent in the yard, the front yard! Forget any hopes and thoughts I had on the backyard. All 410 were going to go into the front.
I grabbed my flower bulb planting tool, put on my garden gloves and set about planting my bulbs.
So excited for Spring knowing that my yard would be a delight, I didn’t mind the task at hand, that was until I encounter the dreaded Clay soil! It stuck to my hole maker and no matter what I did I knew I was in for lots of work! Determined to plant each bulb, I continued on. It wasn’t until all 410 bulbs were tucked in the ground awaiting the frozen earth of winter and the gentle thaw of Spring to push their way up and pop up to my delight, that a gardening friend told me of a tool to use in the clay soil. An augar that is attached to a drill. You can bet before I start this year’s planting of the backyard, I will head out to my hardware store to purchase this much needed tool!
Here are some thoughts to consider. Are you thinking of a mix of color or certain colors? When you buy in packages some come with a mix of bulbs as well as color, for those of you that don’t want to have to think so much! Did you know that some bulbs bloom early, mid and late Spring? So do you want them to bloom all at once or spread them out for lots of color all spring? Crocuses are not planted as deep as tulips, each bulb will need to be planted at varioius depth. Are you in the city or in the wild? Deer LOVE tulips, so if you are in an area that is prone to deer, like me, than you’ll want to stay clear of tulips.
We’ll talk more about this later, just some food for thought, to get you started on creating a Spring infusion of color! You’ll be so delighted that you did!