It's the end of April, and the bulbs are in full bloom at last, woohoo!
|Finally at the end of April my daffodils are in bloom|
Even though it is still rather chilly outside, there are so many blooms out there in the garden that it warms this gardener's heart! Honestly, though, I was really quite surprised to see so many different blooms at one time...
|Tulip 'Flair' and Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'|
You see, last summer after I had moved and was between gardens, I did what any such gardener would do: I meticulously planned what I was going to put in my new garden. While waiting to close on our house, I poured over catalogues, made lists of what flowers would bloom when, and lived off the dream of a grand succession of blooms that would stretch throughout as much of the year as possible!
|Grape Hyacinth labeled bloom time: Early/Mid Spring|
For my fall bulb planting I ordered a variety of bulbs that had different bloom times, starting with the earliest possible blooming ones. In North Carolina, I had had daffodils blooming in January, so surely, I thought, something would be blooming by March in Massachusetts, right?
|Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' labeled bloom time: Winter/Early Spring|
Well, maybe they would have...
except I didn't take into account was where all the snow gets put in the winter up here in the North. Snow plows and the snowblower pile all the extra snow from the roads right next to the street and driveway, and guess where I planted all my early bulbs?
|Narcissus 'Jetfire' labeled bloom time: Early/Mid Spring|
Planted in the mailbox garden next to the road
Needless to say, in March, instead of beds full of early blooming daffodils, what I had were huge piles of snow left from all the snow plows. And those huge piles of snow took a veeeerrrry loooonng time to melt!
|Tulip 'Flare' labeled bloom time: Early/Mid Spring|
But now finally in April the snow piles have all melted and my bulbs have come up. I am so delighted to see all the flowers after the long winter - however, I am rather surprised that, instead of the grand succession of different blooms that I planned...
my early bulbs and my later bulbs are up and blooming all at once!
|Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' labeled bloom time: Winter/Early Spring.|
Narcissus 'Golden Echo' labeled bloom time: Mid Spring.
So much for the six different successive waves of blooms that I planned. For once in my life I get uncharacteristically organized, make lists and plan things, but it's still blooming chaos in the garden anyway!
|Narcissus 'Thalia' labeled bloom time: Mid/Late Spring|
The piles of snow delayed the early bulbs so much that I now have bulbs that were supposed to start blooming in Winter flowering at the same time as bulbs labeled Mid to Late Spring. Ah, the best laid plans!
|Don't these plants know that they are supposed to bloom in an order?!|
Well I have now learned my first lesson as a Northern gardener - note to self: consider snow management when planning the garden!
Though I do think that gardens are always variable and full of surprises no matter how much planning we do. We as gardeners just usually do our best to roll with the flow and manage the chaos - then we get to enjoy the beauty of our efforts, no matter what is blooming when!
|Hyacinth labeled bloom time: Early/Mid Spring |
Aren't these beautiful?
Next year, though, I think I shall plant some early bulbs a little further away from the road.
Happy Spring to all you gardeners out there!