The start of the gardening year is signaled, in my garden at least, by the blooming of the first bulb. Last year it was a race between one insanely long-lived and abused daffodil and the winter aconites. Even though I cannot bear to think of the months that precede that moment right now, I know the joy that comes with that first sighting.
I don’t care to dwell too much on the knowledge that this gardening season is wrapping up far more quickly than I’d care for, and we don’t need to talk about raking and cutting back perennials and all of that quite yet. But there is one task I’m taking care of quickly now that definitely ticks a box in the “fall gardening to-do list.”
It’s quick, and it’s even a sort of fun.
You need to get your spring-blooming bulb plan together. And it’s even more important this year than others.
That’s because spring-blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils could be in shorter supply than usual this year. Because of it was an unusually hot summer in Holland.
Here’s what the folks at Longfield Gardens said about it:
I’m also revisiting a favorite allium: Schubertii. The first time I saw this allium in a garden, I couldn’t believe it was an allium, because it is so unusual looking. It looks like a firework come to life and looks great in the garden long after the flowers have dried. I have not found it to be a reliable rebloomer here in zone 5, so I’m thinking of this as an annual that probably won’t come back the following year.
It was fun to do a little plant shopping, but I’m happy as well to have that off my list so I can go back to enjoying a garden that still looks quite happy in the lingering summer weather.