It was like Christmas morning, sorting through this shipment of bulbs, dreaming of the flowers blooming next spring.
Unfortunately, the weather gave us a white Christmas morning.. before Thanksgiving.
There was only about a week and a half between the time most perennials went dormant and there was snow on the ground. It is looking like more snow is on the way. Additionally, the ground may be too frozen to work with next week.
These bulbs were fortunate enough to be hastily put into the ground before the snow came. However, the other 1,000 or so may need long term storage.
I am ever hopeful that the stars will align and the ground will thaw in December enough to put them in the ground with care. Until that time, the bulbs will need to be prepped for proper storage.
- Keep them cool but not frozen (50 Fahrenheit is best)
- Keep them dry
- Keep them separated
Planting bulbs in the spring is okay.
I really can not wait!
The snow is pretty and all that; but flowers blooming improve my spirits much more.
Side note: Do you leave your echinacea and black eyed Susan seed pods for the birds to eat? I have chosen to do that this year. It may seem a bit sloppy in a professional setting, but giving the birds some forage is worth it to me.
Good luck with your bulbs if you are in a similar predicament!
*By bulbs I am referring to daffodils, tulips, crocus, and the like; not dahlia tubers, gladiolus bulbs, and other less hardy plants.