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Tuesday
Sep012009

Are There Any Other Spring Flowering Bulbs to Plant?

Admirers have to be on their hands and knees to get this beautiful view of Chionodoxa, one of many miniature spring flowering bulbs. The flowers of this bulb are smaller in real garden life than they appear here.Except for some Allium bulbs which bloom later than Tulips and Daffodils, and which will soon get a blog of their own, the answer is "no"!  As you may have noticed, I have restricted my blog to Tulips and Daffodils. That is because they are reliable and if planted in drifts of 5 bulbs or more, they make an impressive color display in spring. Masses of color is what I care about when I garden.

That is why I am not impressed with most of the other spring flowering bulbs. In zone 5 where I live, Crocuses [or Croci] may or may not bloom depending on the depth of the snow banks that accumulated over the winter and also because of the frosty night temperatures that sometime occur in early spring. Hyacinths are too short to be noticed. All of the other teeny weenie bulbs are messy when they bloom and are almost impossible to see from far. They look great only in their commercial photos and when seen up close. However, being up close at ground level is not a natural position for humans. I suppose we might better appreciate these little bulbs if we were no taller than rabbits.

 

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