I took advantage of the glorious weather on Columbus Day to participate in another American Fall tradition: bulb planting ….Yes, it’s bulb planting time of year again! This is the time of year that comes after the looking at bulbs in catalogs time of year, and then the ordering bulbs time of year, which coincides with the I will have lots of energy to plant bulbs this year time of year. But, I have survived and triumphed. I planted 375 bulbs in total = 275 daffodil bulbs, and 100 pink tulip bulbs.
I planted all 275 daffodil bulbs amongst my longest peony border. I do love my peonies, I have lots of them, over 100, and I am always trying to add more interest to their borders for other seasons when the peonies are not in bloom.
One of my peony borders is interplanted with Honorine Joubert Japanese anemones and so this time of year that border looks alive and flourishing with the tall stems of Honorine blooming above the spent peony foliage. Since I crave color and flowers in early spring after the long winter, I decided I wanted to add early spring flowers to the long peony border rather than summer or fall bloomers. Daffodils are such a nice choice because they will bloom and then their foliage will fade, and eventually die back, leaving the peonies to bloom on their own.
I planted a mix of naturalizing daffodils: Pimpernel, Falconet, Single Campernelle, Thalia, Dutch Master, Carlton, Delibes and whatever unnamed varieties that are included in the Spring Loaded mix, all from Colorblends. I like to plant the naturalizing varieties so I am assured of daffodils for many springs to come. Keep a watch out, come spring I will fill Of Gardens with photos showing the success of my mass planting. Have you planted any bulbs this fall?