So the first spring blooms have FINALLY appeared in my gardens this week! One of my co-workers has been taunting me with pictures of blooms from his gardens since January 30th! It is hard to believe that you can have blooms in January in Iowa- but it is possible when you plant Snowdrops bulbs (the very earliest of bulbs to bloom here in Iowa). I did plant some this past fall but they failed to come up for me so I guess I will have to try for another go around next year. I also planted Glory of the Snow which I’m guessing is also a fail since I haven’t seen evidence of them yet. These beautiful buttercup yellow flowers are called Winter Aconite are they are the very flowers in my garden for 2016. Their bright pop of yellow color against the brown mulch is just a sight that puts a little happy in my day. This is the first time I’ve planted winter aconite but I’ve been told they spread nicely each year and that they can tolerate sun to part shade conditions. I can’t wait to watch this little colony explode in the coming years.
The picture below is of a blue squill bloom. It is just in the beginning stages of bringing on color and is the second thing to bloom in my garden this year. Last year I planted 200+ bulbs in my gardens. I had a friend once tell me to plant at least 100 bulbs a year (which really isn’t that many folks) to add spring color to your garden and it’s proven to be great advice. Every year my spring color grows a little when I do this.
This week the foliage of my other bulbs have started popping through the soil- crocus, tulips and daffodils. I have also planted Alliums and Frittilaria bulbs that will come up later spring and early summer. I can’t wait to see what is to come and to see their happy little faces seeking out the sunshine. I’d love to see what you’ve planted in your garden or hear about some of your favorite bulbs, drop me note if you have some to share.