Spring bulbs are easy to grow!
Many of you have commented about our bulb displays in our gardens. Each fall, I add more patches of bulbs to improve the spring show. I try to pick a wide range of varieties to extend the bloom season and provide varied colour interest. Cool spring weather helps the flowers last, so I always hope for a long, ‘slow’ spring, but unfortunately there’s not much I can do about the weather!
Spring bulbs are easy to grow. Just remember to follow a few simple steps and they will look good for years to come.
1. Deadhead as soon as the flowers are finished. Cut the flowering stem as low as possible.
2. Leave the foliage to die down naturally. It is tempting to cut off the dying leaves, but it is very important to leave the foliage so the bulb can grow and replenish itself.
3. When the foliage can be gently pulled off instead of cut, then it can be cleaned up.
My favourite bulbs? Allium, Muscari (Grape Hyacinth), Daffodils and early dwarf or species Tulips. All are planted in the fall.