Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Spring Bulbs Now!

If you haven’t purchased your bulbs yet, grab your phone (or computer) and get your order in before they run out of choices. Plant tulips now and daffodils at the end of this month when the soil is cooler. If you have a problem with deer or rabbits eating your bulbs, keep in mind that hyacinths, like daffodils, have an irritating sap that convinces most browsers that one bite is more than enough. Top bulbs with a layer of lime --it's good for the bulbs and irritating those who are looking for something to eat!

Small bulbs – chinodoxia, crocus, grape hyacinths and others – should be planted in clusters along sidewalks or driveways where they can be appreciated up close. Some of the small bulbs such as galanthus (snowdrops) and scilla (squill) will naturalize in grassy areas providing color in early spring. Larger bulbs make a wonderful start to many beds where they bloom before the perennial flowers come up and deciduous shrubs leaf out. Their yellowing foliage will be hidden later under the new foliage of the perennials.

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