Great article! Good advice, too. Now, will I follow it? In my head I know I should. In my head I agree with everything you say and know you speak wisely. Perhaps as those bulb catalogs come in I will stick a big post-it on the cover that says "Carrie!". That way I will be reminded of your good sense and try to practice it myself, lol! But so much temptation... :)
Very good advice, indeed. Since Critterologist and I live very close to each other, we often share postage and combine our orders. We have really gotten into bulb ordering this fall and we seem to "feed" off each other. One of us notices a bulb and the other seems to really need that one, too. So we not only save on postage but we save even more money because we can order in larger quantities. . . sounds so good, doesn't it??? We really do try to know where we will plant them when we get them, more or less . . .sort of . . .
This is one of those articles that should re-run this time every year!
(chuckle) You're very welcome, both of you. This article was easier than most are to write because I just took dictation from one of those quiet, nagging voices in my head. You know, the one that says "now WHERE are you going to put those?" (If it was a loud, nagging voice I wouldn't have this problem.) I don't know whether I will be able to follow my resolutions this year, for once.
But thank you very kindly for writing and sharing.
Great article, Carrie! It should have run before I ordered my bulbs. I just put in 110 alliums and 10 'Sundisc' narcissus, and in half the holes I ran across the chionodoxa and scilla siberica I'd planted...and planted...and planted.
I have to put in a word here for the French Roman hyacinths. They have multiple stems of sparser florets and eally fill up the garden. I don't have to plant them any more because they multiply like pregnant dust kitties. All I have to remember to do is mark them and transfer extras to new places after domancy occurs. Yeah. To paraphrase Burns, the plans of mice and men gang aft agley.
Oh! I absolutely should have had those among my resolutions - plant deeper first and then shallower (ie the chinodoxa AFTERWARDS) and mark the position of bulbs when they're blooming so when they're dormant, you know where they are! Now I have enough bulbs here and there in my yard to need to know where they are for fear of chopping them up.
Yes, Rob't Burns was truly wise... thanks for your comment.