Do It Now-Fall Planting For Spring Blooming
Time is running out! Time that is, to get some fall planted spring blooming bulbs into your gardens. Above: Crocus tommasinianus ‘Rosea’ blooming here on January 22, 2012 and friend.
These flowers are normally shown on blog posts at the time of bloom, much too late, or early depending on your perspective to be able to purchase and plant them. Above: Crocus chrysanthus ‘Gypsy Queen’ and C. ‘Violet Queen’ blooming here on January 23, 2012.
It seemed therefore a good idea to show some of the fall planted spring blooming bulbs from times gone past, as a gentle reminder to get some bulbs and plant them. Now. Above:Galanthus elwesii from Old House Gardens in bloom here January 23, 2012.
It is not too late, and many bulb companies have discounted their wares for those procrastinators who like a bargain. Above: Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkins’ in bloom here February 25, 2011.
There were some bulbs that came with this property, steadfast spreaders like the vivid blue Muscari armeniacum or neglectum. These are highly recommended. Above shot was taken March 20, 2011.
We like to try new to us bulbs each year. Muscari macrocarpum ‘Golden Fragrance’ was something of a letdown, blooming March 11, 2011. It was not that fragrant and did not show up well in the garden, despite how this macro shot might appear.
There cannot be too many bulbs, especially daffodils since they are not eaten by critters and are faithful returners. If there was a beauty contest for the daffodils, Narcissus ‘Audubon’ might be the winner, blooming here March 11, 2011.
Hyacinths are added every year without fail. Sometimes, or make that often, they do not return reliably, but the scent is heaven sent. Above unknown varieties from March 20, 2011.
Tulips, even the species, are not reliable either, except for this group of white Tulipa viridflora ‘Spring Green’ in the knot garden. Planted in 2000, this shot is from April 10, 2011. These are perennial here, so far.
The tiny species Tulipa ‘Little Princess’ (orange) and T. ‘Little Beauty’ (cherry red) have a fairly good track record, some years are better than others, however. April 7, 2011 was a good day, month and year.
Notes are written to remind me of certain bulbs that need to be ordered when that time rolls around. I like to order from several companies, spread the wealth. These sweet Crocus chrysanthus ‘Prins Claus’ were on the list. Why didn’t we order any? It’s not too late!