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Flowering Bulbs: A Labor of Love and Delight

Posted by on Monday, September 28th, 2009

October is a great time to plant spring blooming bulbs. Most spring flowering bulbs are perennials and chances are they will provide you with blooms year after year.

  • First, find a sunny location with well-drained soil, preparing (turning, digging) the top 6-12 inches of soil in the bed.
  • Improve the soil with compost or bonemeal.
  • Choose firm, heavy bulbs and plant with pointed end up, usually three times deeper than their diameter—in groups or clusters, remembering that the larger the cluster, the better the show.
  • Cover with soil and water well.
  • You may wish to plant bulbs between perennials like lilies and hosta.

By the time perennials are making their debut, you will have enjoyed a dazzling show of blooms which would otherwise have been wasted space. Be adventuresome! Some of the lesser-known varieties can make an exciting addition to the garden. Don’t fall for the ‘buy a zillion for $10 ads’; get high-quality product at a local garden center like Green Valley Garden Center and your efforts will have a better return.

Happy Gardening and Think Spring in the Fall!

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