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The Parade has Begun

March 8th, 2012

When I was out washing out the cat litter boxes on Tuesday afternoon I decided the weather was nice enough to check the front yard for crocus blooms. If you remember I planted hundreds of crocus and mini daffodil blooms in the lawn last fall. Low and behold I spotted a few bit of purple in the sea of green. Only about 15 are blooming right now, I can’t wait until the rest of the 500 bulbs bloom. I plated 5 different kinds of crocuses in a variety of colors.




On the back hillside, which was planted with over 800 tulip and other flowering bulbs the snowdrops are coming out in full force, pushing their way up through the mulch of chopped leaves and reaching for the sun.




These small splashes of color in the garden mark the beginning stages of a parade of color that will last until late May. I’m so looking forward to watching everything unfold as the coming months progress. Gardening truly is one of those hobbies that brings much joy.

Anything blooming in your garden yet? What’s usually the first bloom you see?

The First Reward

February 7th, 2012

Remember all those bulbs I planted this past fall? While we were out tapping all the maple trees on Sunday afternoon and I spotted the first reward from all my hard work. One tiny snowdrop was blooming on the back hillside.

I’ve been meaning to plant snowdrop in the garden for years and always forgot to purchase the bulbs in the fall. I’d always think about them when they were blooming the spring and then completely forget about purchasing bulbs when I needed to. Late last winter, when the snowdrops were blooming, I flipped forward in my calendar and wrote “ORDER SNOWDROPS” in September.

Lucky for me, I did buy bulbs for ‘GALANTHUS ELWESII’ last fall and now I’ll be able to enjoy snowdrop blooms in my own garden this spring. This isn’t the earliest flowering plant I have in the garden, there’s a Mediterranean Pink Heather on the front hillside that starts blooming in early January.

What’s your earliest flower that appears in your garden each year?

On Biting Off More Than You Can Plant

December 3rd, 2011

I mentioned previously about all the spring flowering bulbs I purchased. I’d been faithfully planting a few hundred each day, whittling away at them little by little. Then I got sick and they sat in their boxes in the garage for two weeks, then it started to rain and they sat in the garage for a few more days.

Now that I’m back up and running, I’m a bit behind. I’ve been madly planting tulips for the last couple days using every spare moment of my too busy days. I’m planting almost all of the tulips on the back hillside which I can see from my kitchen window. This hillside has been languishing, half overtaken by some invasive honeysuckle planted by previous owners. I’ve been putting off doing something with it for far too long. After spending hours ripping all the honeysuckle out I started digging all the rocks out of the soil and loosening the soil so I could plant the tulips as deeply as possible (tulips will survive colder climates better if planted more deeply).

Since it’s such a large area and I’ve been working on it little by little, I’ve been using a straight stick to mark where I’ve planted to so I don’t accidentally dig up tulips I’ve already planted.

At first I was going to plant the tulips in a patten with the different varieties clumped together. I cut out the photos of the different kinds and taped them to a piece of paper so I could have a visual reference of what each one looked like. But then I decided to mix them all in one big box and plant them randomly where they fell. Most of them bloom during the same time period, so it should make for quite the show (you will of course be seeing photos of it next spring)!

Yesterday, afternoon I finished planting all the tulips in the big box and sat back to admire my work. Then when I returned to the garage I found 2 boxes of 100 tulips each that had been pushed out of the way. Guess that’s means I’m not as finished as I thought I was. Looks like I’ll be spending some time this afternoon digging a few more holes to get those last few tulips planted. I certainly cannot wait until spring to see the beautiful display from my kitchen window!

Have you ever had a gardening chores you never though you’d finish?

Cheerful and Hopeful

October 29th, 2011

Surely the most cheerful and hopeful of the fall catalogues are those of the spring-bulb growers.

Katherine S. White from Onward & Upward in the Garden

Two weeks ago I placed a rather large order for spring flowering bulbs, around 2500 total (YIKES, I know). Most of my money was spent on bulbs that will naturalize, like narcissus, crocus, muscari and bluebells; making my workload a little lighter in years to come. I love tulips, and even though many get eaten by deer, I ordered a few hundred of those to plant as well. We’ll see if I can keep the deer away from them.



Needless to say, I will be spending every waking moment of nice weather and sun we get over the next couple weeks planting these bulbs. I even made a video about planting bulbs for the Your Day blog, check it out. Next week I’ll post about which varieties I ordered and where I’ll be planting them. It looks like this coming spring will be quite beautiful here at Chiot’s Run.

Will you be planting any spring flowering bulbs this year?

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