Early bulbs are one of the cheeriest sights of spring, and I've been trying to plant more of them in places where they'll bloom as early as possible, to be able to enjoy the glories of spring as soon as possible each year. This year we've had a fairly warm, early spring (unlike last year's interminable winter), so I've been surprised and delighted by all the bulbs that have started flowering here in the past week:
|These crocus are shaded by being planted on the north side of these boxwood bushes, so they are blooming a few weeks later than those I had in a sunny bed, which were in flower by March 12 this year.|
|I planted 100 of these tiny winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) last fall, and I was happy that they bloomed this year, as I had read that sometimes they take several years to flower. I hope they will naturalize and increase in numbers.|
|These striped squill (Puschkinia libanotica) are also|
very small, cute little bulbs and have bloomed every spring
since I planted them in autumn 2011.
|Several of the Puschkinia in a group.|
Additionally, I just planted some Wood Squill (Scilla siberica, the Spring Beauty variety I believe) that I dug from another garden today; they are another early-flowering bulb and I have planted them in a sunny spot near the Striped squill.
These early flowering bulbs have shown me the importance of choosing sunny spots where the snow melts off first to plant them, in order to get some flowers as early as possible. This is particularly important for those of us who live in the colder growing zones. (It also helps to have a nice early spring like we have had in the Midwest this year....)
I hope you are enjoying many cheerful spring blooms in your own gardens this spring. Thanks for reading! -Beth