The Importance of Planning Ahead
Every year as winter begins to unleash its grip on the world and signs of spring begin to be visible I especially think about and look forward to seeing the typical flowers of early spring, daffodils, crocus, and tulips for example. I do have some of all of these in my gardens, but not nearly as many as I always wish I had when I see some other yards. That's when I wish I had planned ahead and bought bulbs. I actually did think about it last fall, but by the time I was able to get to a store that sold them, there weren't anymore. It's easy to buy flowers to plant in my beds for summer enjoyment because they are in abundance at every nursery and hardware store, but the availability of fall bulbs is just not that obvious. And I have not received a catalogue in years from one of the sources from which I used to buy. Of course, if I had actually seriously thought about it last fall, I could have gone on-line and ordered some. And I already know of another flower bulb that I want to order that I have never had in my garden before, snow drops. I saw these in one of my neighbor's yard last spring. They remind me a bit of Lilies of the Valley, which are my birth flower. Supposedly they naturalize well, too. While I am excited to think that in a month or so I will be able to head out to my favorite nurseries to buy summer plants, I think I will spend time today going on line and selecting some bulbs to order for fall planting. Maybe by planning ahead, this time next spring I can be looking forward to a better spring garden.