My wife loves flowers, and a few weeks ago she decided I was going to re-do our front planting beds, get rid of our tired old plants, and put in some new stuff. Note that “she” decided that “I” was going to do the work.
No matter. I love her, and I love playing in the dirt, so it’s no chore whatsoever. And I’d been planning a bed revitalization for some time.
So being a good, obedient husband, I asked her what she wanted. Her answer:
She Who Must Be Obeyed!
When the wife speaks, a wise husband is all ears. As they say, if the wife ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
Martha loves bulbs, loves how they usher in spring and lift her spirits after a hard, bleak winter. She likes other plants, too, but our bulbs were played out, and she wanted all new bulbs for the initial planting. So bulbs it was.
Schemer that I am, I pulled a Tom Sawyer on my son and explained to him how much fun it was to dig 150 s.f. of planting beds. But since I also raised him to be leery of scams, he didn’t bite. He requested (demanded) cold hard cash, up front. So much for trust.
For spite, I had him dig out the entire bed (leaving only a few hydrangeas that Martha had raised from half a leaf).
Once the beds were ready, it was bulb time!
Here’s what I put in:
- ‘Gladiator’ Alliums – I put several of these in the only spot in our front beds that gets full sun. They bloom in early summer with almost perfectly round purple flowers. They’re tall, coming in at around 32″.
- ‘Gigantic Star’ Daffodils – these sprout up to about 14″ and flower with large-cupped, yellow blooms in mid-spring. They like full sun to part shade.
- ‘Oxford’s Elite’ Tulips – another mid-spring bloomer, with bright red flowers with a subtle hint of yellow along their edges. Around 20″ to 24″ tall.
- Crocus – these 4″ to 6″ beauties make their dramatic appearance when we need them most, at the end of winter. I put in a mix of purple and white.
- Anemones – continuing the purple and white theme, these mid-spring beauties also stack up at about 4″ to 6″ inches, sporting daisy-like blooms.
Now if they just come up…
Bulbs (and their cousins corms and tubers) really are a kind of magic, gracing our yards with beautiful blooms from early spring til late summer. Start off with some ugly round or rooty-looking things, plant in the ground, add a little fertilizer, cover, water, and presto! A few months later, like an alchemist, Mother Nature serves up a treasure of colorful beauty.
For now, I’ve only scratched the surface of what I want to do with bulbs. I’ll put in more after I see what these do. Next up, however, are shrubs and perennials, and maybe a nice Japanese maple.
Make Time for Design
As an ardent plantaholic, it’s easy to get carried away and latch on to every plant I see at the nursery. But before I do too much planting, however, I think I’ll practice what I preach and design my new garden beds on paper. Haste makes waste, and thinking out what you want to accomplish and then planning everything out before hand, can save time, money, and headaches.
At least I’ve made the wife happy.
Now it’s your turn. Bulbs need about 8 weeks of cold weather to bloom, and in Georgia it should be cold through February, so you’ve still got a planting window if you can find the bulbs. Order from online sources for the best bulbs. But in a pinch, local nurseries and box stores may still have a supply.
Check out the best bulbs for Georgia.
Who know? Maybe you’ll earn points with wife. You get extra points if you know where the reference above — “She who must be obeyed!”– comes from.
Can’t wait to see those bulbs in full bloom!