So this summer, I planted my first container garden, and I'm continuing my gardening adventures (and battling my black thumb of death) into Fall. Now's the time to plant bulbs for springtime. I remember planting irises and gladiolus in the fall when I was a kid. It was such a wonderful surprise when they popped up! But fast forward today...I need some bulb planting advice!
I had heard of Curbside Chaos from another blog when they hosted a $5000 yard makeover giveaway. I would have loved to give our home (a rental) a yard makeover as thanks to our fabulous landlords (more like landparents!). But alas, I didn't win...check out this video with Taniya Nayak (I love her on Restaurant Impossible) as she helps the winner choose bulbs and put together a lovely new yard.
I also consulted Curbside Chaos' Garden Guru (click the above link, then look to the bottom left), to tell me what kind of bulbs I should buy at this time of year for spring. First, I selected my zone and which month I'd like my bulbs to bloom. The website suggested four types of bulbs for me. Clicking on each type of bulb gives further planting advice.
With this info in my head, I went to my local nursery and found a huge display of bulbs. Yay!
I found this bag of mixed bulbs, which included hyacinths, muscari, and narcissus, and I went for it.
I noticed on the packaging, there was a picture of the flowers blooming along with pansies. Now I'm not sure if the pansies will last all the way til spring, but I picked up some anyways, to decorate the pot while the bulbs are still underground. I loved these velvety purple ones!
The girls dropped what they were doing once they knew I was going outside to plant. They got started filling up a pot with soil.
We may or may not have followed the exact directions on spacing and depth. I had gone inside to refill a watering can, and they had already planted half the bulbs! So we will be really surprised as to what bulbs were planted where, in the spring.
They did save these bulbs for me...twins!
We covered the bulbs with more soil, and then I put the pansies on top.
We made one more for grandma to take home when she visits this week.
If you'd like more information on bulbs, please visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more. This was a super fun and informative website on bulbs, from basics to crafty ideas on displaying bulbs. I love the wheelbarrel idea!
You can also meet the Dig Drop Done Ladies, three ladies in different stages of life (single, married with kids, and an empty nester) who love bulbs because they are so easy to work with and give great results, perfect for their individual lifestyles. I of course relate to Marcy the most...she wants a way to have a beautiful garden but at the same time, still have time for her children as well as other things that interest her.
One more thing...Tweet about Dig Drop Done with the hashtag #CurbsideChaos and $1 will be donated to Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization, working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities.
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Do you think you'll plant bulbs this Fall? Click the orange button below to take you to lots of helpful info.