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Spring Bulbs to Awaken Your Senses

The cool weather is moving in quickly so it may be natural for your garden to be the furthest thing from your mind.  But wait!  It’s not time to give up just yet.  The winter is long and dreary so you must have something to look forward to and be rewarded for your hibernation.   What better way to do this than by enjoying beautiful explosions of color from bulbs in the early moments of spring while your garden is still sleepy.

Hits of yellows, reds, oranges, pinks, blues and mauves are a welcome sight after a long white exile, while the rest of the garden is just awakening. There are many different types of spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses, so there are lots to choose from. 

A great idea to get the most out of your spring show is to plant the bulbs where they will be the most visible from indoors.  Let’s face it, while spring may have arrived, it’s still quite chilly and you probably won’t be sitting out in your garden for long periods of time quite yet.  You may also want to focus on areas of your garden that emerge later than the rest.  Hostas for instance tend to come up later than most perennials, so planting bulbs in these areas will help to fill in the bare spots in early spring.  It is also nice to “naturalize” your spring bulb planting so it doesn’t look too stiff and contrived.  A simple way to achieve this naturalized effect is to grab a bunch of bulbs and give them a throw.  Plant them wherever they happen to randomly land.  That was easy!

Don’t forget to be practical when planting your spring bulbs.  While tulips are quite showy, the bulbs are also a favourite snack for squirrels.  If this is an issue, you may want to consider daffodils instead.  Squirrels tend to leave daffodil bulbs alone and they will provide you with the added bonus of multiplying.  More bulbs for your buck!  As well, if you can stand it, remember in the spring that it is best to let the leaves of the spring bulb die back naturally so that the bulb can recharge for the following season.

So take this opportunity to plant some spring bulbs this fall, so that you too can enjoy the early gems of spring.  Too busy?  Our maintenance department at Rockcliffe Landscaping will happy to make sure that you don’t miss out.  After all, won’t you deserve some color therapy after the dull days of winter?


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