Spring hasn’t just been short on flowers so far, many bulbs I’ve seen blooming seem stunted – with very short stems! What’s up with that??
It’s called the March Bank at Winterthur, where a succession of bulbs heralds the spring in a dramatically simple way and, this year, it may last into April.
Poinsettias won’t leave on their own. You have to show them the door.
In cold winters like this, plants – even early bloomers – just wait a little longer.
Every fall when I plant new bulbs I find old ones that need dividing – so I accomplish two tasks for the digging of one.
Even after they’ve bloomed, a bulb’s leaves absorb energy from the sun and turn it into food. That’s why you have to let the leaves lie around until they’ve browned.
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Long before you could ever go out and plant annuals in the spring, fall-planted pansies are already in full bloom!
Bulbs are shooting up outside, anything you need to do?
People will tell you that forced bulbs never flower again but I have seen evidence to the contrary. Why not try?
To get more of that dramatic Flower Show impact at home, what you can do when you go shopping this spring is, in addition to choosing plants by color, size and light requirements, check the bloom time too.
You can plant bulbs well into winter, but once the ground gets cold, it’s much harder to dig. So, do it now and you’ll be rewarded early blooms come Spring.
After the flowers are gone on your tulips and daffodils, it’s sort of ugly and boring to look at all those green leaves dying back. But that’s how bulbs get their energy to put out pretty flowers next year.
A garden isn’t just a pastime for this lifetime, it’s a legacy you leave to delight those you love – and many you’ll never meet – for generations to come.
The official start of spring comes next week – but one look around your neighborhood and chances are someone is already working in the garden. But there are some DOs and DON’Ts for this early spring.