I just can’t stop. My tulips are blowing my mind this year. They’re so pretty!
Today is my 35th birthday! Here’s what is in bloom (or almost in bloom) in my garden:
Crabapple tree is almost in bloom
One white tulip
What do I have planned for the rest of the day? Planning, weeding, napping and a big slice of birthday cake!
At this time in the gardening year, I’m feeling a little pleased with myself. I’ve planned ahead and have stuff blooming. If you are bitten hard by the gardening bug, eventually you take on the fun challenge of stretching the bloom season. To get the earliest start, that means discovering the world of spring bulbs and flowers. Nearly everyone knows about daffodils and tulips, but there are lots of things that bloom earlier. Some are little perennial wildflowers such as bloodwort and Pasqueflowers. If you really want tons of color, go for the wee bulbs: crocus, snowdrops, iris reticulata, muscari, scilla. Planted in the right spot, snowdrops are the earliest to show. In a good year, the crocus bloom in late March. In fair years, they’re around by April 10th. We won’t talk about the bad years.
Last fall, I fell in love with species tulips and bought four bags of bulbs. Apparently, I only planted two bags — and hid the rest on top of bookcase.
I found the remaining bulbs Sunday afternoon. Some were dried out husks. Some had sad little yellow sprouts awkwardly outstretched towards the track lighting.
With 6-12 inches of snow on the garden, what is a girl to do? Bust out some old pots and have a planting party.
Will these bulbs grow and eventually bloom? I have my doubts, but I’ll keep you posted!