It’s February and it’s very cold in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. We are sooo looking forward to Spring! Our first blooms are daffodils and hyacinths. Since we have abundant wildlife in the nearby woods, we have to plant with deer, rabbits, and squirrels/voles/moles in mind. Fortunately, daffodils and hyacinth are not appealing to deer, rabbits, and squirrels/voles/moles. Daffodils and hyacinth are bulbs which should be planted in the Fall. They are Spring’s earliest bloomers, and such a welcome sight after a long cold winter. Daffodils are so easy to plant and care for … After digging a hole about 6 inches deep and planting the bulb (pointy side up) in a sunny spot, there is no need to fertilize or prune. They will sprout and bloom in early Spring. They add a spot a bright color in your garden.
Hyancinths bulbs are larger than daffodil bulbs, and can be planted the same way. Both daffodil and hyacinth plants will multiply year after year. If they begin to crowd an area of your garden, you can easily dig them up with a garden trowel such as Fiskars 7978 Composite Trowel, and plant them in a less crowded garden spot. We have 3 colors of hyacinths: grape, pink, and white.
They require little to no maintenance. To avoid fertilizing, we let the leaves remain on the plants after they are finished blooming. The leaves provide nutrients to the bulb.Even when the leaves have withered and turn brown, we let them stay on the plant. We use the same method on the daffodils. We never remove the leaves. The end result is a very low maintenance Spring garden which brings anticipated joy every year! Bonus tip for beginner gardeners: Filling your garden with low maintenance perennials is an excellent way to invest in your garden and receive consistent blooms year after year!
After our Hyacinth finish blooming, here come our Red Tulips! Tulip bulbs are very easy to plant. Just dig down 6 inches and plant the bulb pointy side up! To boost your tulip blooms, sprinkle a little Espoma Bulb-Tone 3-5-3 at the bottom of the hole before placing the bulb in the hole. After covering the bulb with soil, water thoroughly. That’s all!
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