Plant Bulbs Now - Next Spring...WOW!
Hyacinths are another wonderful April flower that are quite resistant to damage from deer and voles. They smell heavenly and are very perennial in my garden. In fact, I prefer my hyacinths to be 2 or 3 years old. By then, they send up clusters of much smaller flowers that have a delicacy that the first year blooms don't have. I pick them and put them in vases throughout the house. I remember on one of my April birthdays I had to teach a garden design class. One of the students, who had lived for many years in Hawaii, made me a lei made of fragrant hyacinths!
|Hyacinths and grape hyacinths bloom together in our rock garden by the road|
|Scilla siberica is Siberian squill. It has blue flowers that face downward.|
Spring wouldn't be complete without the sight that takes your breath away: a lawn filled with naturalized Scilla, Chionodoxa, and crocuses. All three are small bulbs, super easy to slip into the earth. They move around a lot. I know of a street near Yale where the seeds of these beauties have been blown up the street. You can see the pattern of the wind. Now, yard after yard is filled with this gentle color. It only lasts a little while, but when it is happening, there is magic in the air.
Bulbs, bulbs, and more bulbs to choose from. Don't let November pass you by without putting in some hardy bulbs. You will be SO GLAD YOU DID when spring of 2016 rolls around.
One can never have too many bulbs. Pick a nice fall day and get outside, soak up the precious sunlight, and dig in the earth one last time before you are forced to hibernate indoors for the winter. It is a very worthy endeavor.
|'Taurus' is very late, a May bloomer and really fragrant.|