I planted tulips a couple of weeks ago. Not in the ground, since I couldn’t see the ground much less dig in it, but in my garage.
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.
Long before you could ever go out and plant annuals in the spring, fall-planted pansies are already in full bloom!
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.
You bought bulbs, you forgot about them, and now they’re sitting there staring at you. Stop kicking yourself and plant them already! They’ll probably be fine.
This is the time to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring. And if you plant a lot in one place, you only have to dig one hole.
Once tulips and daffodil flowers are spent, you can just walk along and snap off the top of the stem – that stops the plant from making seeds and sends that energy back down into the bulb.
“Springtime in Paris” is the theme of this year’s show.