Planted once. Little care. Enjoyed year after year.
Now’s the time to take note of bulb holes in your garden beds. Either draw a simple diagram of the current locations of spring blooming bulbs or use your digital camera to document where current bulbs are planted. Then peruse bulb catalogs for varieties that will spruce up your beds. Watch for early bird specials. Most bulb suppliers offer discounts to gardeners who plan ahead and order bulbs during spring and early summer. When it’s time to plant newly arrived bulbs this autumn, refer to the diagram and/or photos so you don’t disturb already planted bulbs.
Over my many many gardening years I’ve purchased bulbs from many suppliers. I’ve tried the cheap bulb deals and found bulbs of low quality – they didn’t bloom the first year or just didn’t survive. You get what you pay for and bulbs are no different than anything else. Spend the extra money for high quality bulbs that will bring cheerfulness and beauty to your gardens year after year. The bulbs in these shots, a mix of all types of daffodils and narcissi planted in 2004, were part of ‘The Works’ from White Flower Farm (I purchased the group early at the pre-season price). I’ve also been very happy with bulbs from John Scheepers, Inc. (last autumn I picked up some great online bulb deals from Scheepers – can’t wait to see the blooms). I’ve not once regretted spending a little extra green for high quality bulbs.
What’s your bulb growing experience? Had any luck with cheap bulb deals? Who is your favorite bulb supplier?