In order to look forward, we need to look back first. Spring is by far my favorite time of the gardening year. Love the daffodils, tulips, and other spring blooming bulbs that magically appear with warmer days. Although, it does take considerable looking forward to accomplish that spring beauty.
I planted many more bulbs this past fall. I had planted a few tulips the fall before and I loved the look in the spring. I know that tulips can be rather fleeting, in terms of the bloom time and just how long they last from year to year, but it was so worth the planning, that I added even more.
I just loved the pops of pink and lavender among the yellow and white of the daffodils. This past fall I added hyacinth Pink Elephant, tulip Cumins, along with tulip Red Riding Hood. I had groupings of the Red Riding Hood, it is a tulip that does bloom early and is a bit more perennial, but over time they were fading. So more were added. They are a bright red that pop in the spring beds.
I have a few orange tulips that bloom every spring, yet I have never planted an orange tulip. I will give credit to the local squirrel landscapers. A major problem with planting tulips, is that the bulbs are very tasty to the squirrels. So, I have to keep watch after I plant tulips. Some do get moved, as the squirrels will replant the tulip bulbs in other areas. I understand that squirrels have very poor memory , so they don’t always recall where they may have put their stash of bulbs. Good thing, guess that is why we have so many oak trees.
I will place white golf tees in the spring garden to mark where I can add another bulb.
Then I get busy in the fall. I also planted a few hundred pink and lavender tulips that I ordered as collections that featured that shade of bloom. I decided to do a lottery and just mix them in a bucket and then plant. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. It will surely be a winner.
Also looking forward to new Asiatic Lilies. I planted several in the fall to refresh some of the lilies that were also fading. I dug up the smaller older bulbs and planted them in the field across the street just to see what will happen. Just can’t bring myself to throw away any bulb yet. I had used orange golf tees to mark where to plant the new lilies. So much to look forward to in the new year. I also added more tall bearded iris. Devil’s Riot and Coffee Trader. I already have Coffee Trader. It is my favorite iris.
So on this very cold first day of the new year, we all look forward.
Happy New Year and Happy Gardening ( soon )