Have I told you recently about how much I love bulbs? Maybe I’ve mentioned it once…or twice…but I strongly believe that bulbs improve your garden (and your life!). I’m going to go as far as to unscientifically claim that as fact.
I’m taking the time to wax ecstatic about bulbs again because now is the time of order and schedule bulbs for fall installation. Perhaps this is the most wonderful time of year, when all that lay before you are possibilities. Grab a bulb catalog, consult with your project manager, and internally debate daffodils vs. tulips vs . crocuses vs. winter aconite (unless you’re me, in which case replace ‘vs.’ with ‘and’). And just so you know that I’m not practicing what I preach, let me tell you that in a moment of weakness and excitement, I ordered 700 bulbs. I regret nothing; however, come late October I may be singing a slightly different tune when I have 700 bulbs demanding to be planted.
If your garden is overrun with squirrels, deer, and rabbits you may want to reconsider planting tulips, or plant the in such quantities that after they’ve had their fill you’ll still have some left over for your own enjoyment. What’s the seed saying…four seeds in a row, one for the rook, one for the crow, one to die, and one to grow? Have a similar mentality when it comes to tulips and you won’t be disappointed. That’s a bit of an exaggeration and depends on how many squirrels, deer, and rabbits are in your area; what other food sources are available; and if your house is the only source for a tulip bulb feast. Some other bulb options, which are not on the preferred list for these garden intruders, are daffodils, winter aconite, alliums, Siberian sqill, snowdrop, grape hyacinth, fritillaria, and a handful of others. The variety of daffodils alone could fill a garden for months. Add some snowdrops and alliums and extend your bulb season into late winter and early summer.
Embrace the possibilities and let us know how we can help your bulb dreams come true.