TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS
(Fall Bulb Planting & Care)
Tip toe through the Tulips, dilly-dally in the Daffodils, fraternize with the Fritillarias, take a hiatus in the hyacinths, snooze in the snowdrops, cruise through the crocus, be at peace in the Alliums…hmmm…I know I forgot one…oh, and idle in the Iris. Doesn’t all of that sound so nice and relaxing?! A little corny, I know, but none-the-less, relaxing. In the spring, this could be you but only if you do some work now. Yes folks, you need to get your hands a little dirty this fall for lots of enjoyment this spring.
First, I would like to suggest that you plant some Saffron Crocus now! You get to enjoy the beautiful flowers and then harvest the Saffron for cooking. Also, don’t forget to plant your garlic. You will get a bigger and more flavorful harvest next summer. It is yummy, with fresh tomatoes and basil.
Here are some other wonderful and exciting new varieties: Fritillaria Aureomarginata has variegated foliage and is deer resistant too! For the purple flower lovers there is a new blend of nonstop tulips and a new variety called Victoria’s Secret. Even though I think of PINK, they are really purple.
*Pick out your favorite bulbs. One of each, right?! Don’t forget to plan your bloom time from early spring to late spring. It is just so hard to choose.
*Get a good bag of soil like Van Wilgen’s Premium Planting Mix. Most bulbs like the soil rich. Alliums might be the exception.
*Mix Bulb-Tone or Bone Meal into each planting hole. Use an inorganic fertilizer like Van Wilgen’s Slow Release, if animals digging up your bulbs is an issue.
*If squirrels, voles, and chipmunks are a problem, add some deterrents. Volebloc is a course material that permanently discourages these critters. I Must Garden’s Mole & Vole Repellent is really helpful mixed into the soil with the bulbs.
In the spring you will be excited to see the beautiful metamorphosis of your bulbs into beautiful flowers! Happy fall planting.
Hope to see you soon!