The bulbs are here and ready for planting!
Like many of you, I appreciate colorful falling leaves, cool nights sipping warm apple cider, and the “hygge” that comes from pulling a favorite sweater out of the closet for the first time this season. Equally high on my fall favorites list is fall bulb planting. It’s right up there with a trip to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch! I know our minds are nowhere near spring, and it’s hard to think of spring through all the red hot maple leaves, golden birch and fiery orange bittersweet. The act of selecting and planting bulbs may feel like an interruption. Once it’s done, it will be all but forgotten until our winter snows begin to melt. Then, the handful of tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, allium and crocus bulbs that I will plant over the next few weeks, will spring up and bloom prolifically. And in that moment of awe and appreciation, next spring, with a smile in my eyes, I will remember the fall planting of bulbs that created this fresh new beauty and I’ll wish I had planted even more!
Bulbs will grow in sun and part shade. Mix in some bone meal to help your bulbs grow strong roots and water them in to prevent stress and promote establishment. The general rule of thumb is to plant them two or three times as deep as the bulb is tall and pointing up.