iPhone photos of spring blooms in our yard.
Clockwise from top left: allium, hyacinths, mini-daffodils, grape hyacinths
I love planting bulbs. I think of them as a gift I plant for myself to open up in the spring. Even if you do not have a green thumb, bulbs are pretty hard to mess up. There are a lot of rules and guidelines for planting bulbs. I have disregarded most of them and the bulbs still bloom.
My aunt has been buying me bulbs for my birthday since I was in college. Some girls ask for clothes, I ask for bulbs. This year I received large cup daffodils, grape hyacinths, and tons of crocuses from my in-laws.
All you need is a shovel to plant them, but this year my dad let me borrow his fancy bulb auger.
Josh was nervous about me using his drill. I think I will be getting my own soon. Most packages usually recommend planting bulbs 4-6" apart. If you follow the rules and plant your bulbs individually, this auger would definitely be beneficial. It is much more efficient than the bulb planter pictured below.
As I mentioned above, I do not follow all of the rules. I usually dig a whole and plop in 5-6 bulbs. This method is faster and it looks more natural when the flowers bloom in a cluster.
This year I even planted some crocuses in our yard. These guys are one of the first flowers to pop up. They bloom before the grass starts growing and eventually you just mow over the foliage. I will let you know how my little experiment works in the spring.
It is tempting to cut down leaves once the blooms fade. Don't. Wait about six weeks after the plant is done blooming to cut the foliage. The leaves feed the bulbs and cutting them down decreases the chances of having a healthy plant the following year. For more tips from real experts go to to: www.bhg.com or www.marthastewart.com