It’s disheartening when weather turns wintry after spring bulbs have started to bloom. But there’s no need to lose these blossoms under heavy wet snow when just a few easy steps will protect blooming bulbs.
Heavy wet snow would weigh down blooming stalks and destroy the petals of early-bloomers like these narcissi and crocus.
It’s just depressing to look out at once-beautiful flowers that have been beaten down by late snow.
Avoid this by spending a few minutes of your pre-snow time to place an overturned apple basket, or large plastic pot, over each set of blooms.
Once the basket is in position, sink two or three short posts or rods through openings in the basket and into the ground. This secures the cover from blowing winds.
A good sized flat rock will also work to keep the basket, or plastic pot, from blowing over. This trick also works to prolong blooming bulbs from heavy rains.
Once the storm passes remove your cover of choice and go on enjoying your blooms.
You can pick narcissi with buds close to opening to enjoy indoors during the storm, but if you don’t pick them they should be fine. After the storm passes you can pick any broken bud stems to enjoy indoors.
Don’t fret over newly emerging foliage of hardy perennials such as iris and daylilies. The tips of their foliage may brown during late freezes, but the plants will do fine under a blanket of snow.