Of Tulips and Pansies…
Remember all of the beautiful tulips from the spring?
The tulips at my house.
Yellow tulips against a Sage green house.
They were quite beautiful and always a surprise. I never know what will be coming up in what color clumps because bulbs get moved all of the time. I forget where I have placed them and when I plant other items later in the season, I come across bulbs and realize I have to replant them.
I mention all of this because now is the time to plant bulbs, purposefully. It is also time to take those perennials you have and divide them if you so wish.
The tools for such a job are simple. Gardening gloves to keep your hands clean, a shovel, a bucket for transport.
Picture by Solrac Gi 2nd
Picture by Taliasin
And don’t forget the bulbs. Tulip bulbs, daffodils, crocus, narcissus, alum and others. You can find them at garden centers, hardware stores, and big box stores.
Picture by Borae
I bet if you ask around, neighbors might be willing to share in order to thin out their beds a bit. Look in the classified ads and see if people are selling or giving away if you come and dig.
Personally, I am giving away some of my hosta plants and putting in more bulbs in that garden. I am also on the lookout for unusual hosta plants to create a more interesting bed.
The other plant I am on the lookout for is pansies. They can handle cold weather and live through the summer if protected well.
They add a color lift to beds that have been wilted by summer’s heat and are beginning to get leggy. Oh, I am not specifying a brand or variety nor do I want to do that here. I want to encourage people to plant flowers and help make the world a little more beautiful.
How are you finishing the growing season?