Should I bury them back into the ground? Definitely not, I better take the bulbs out and save them for planting in the fall.
Trying to make a beautiful landscape in my garden
I learned about the perfect time when spring bulbs need to be planted from my Dave's Garden friends. I've always been amazed about the hundreds of bulbs that each of them are burying in their gardens in the fall! I don't have a big garden and that's why I only planted a dozen of bulbs when I first started my garden. I knew that they will naturalize themselves, so I planned to thin them when they needed dividing.
We have a saying in Romania 'The count you make at home doesn't fit with the one from the market' - and that's what happened with my bulbs. I planted them when all my plants were young, trying to make a beautiful landscape, considering the time of month when each of the plants bloomed. I had tulips along the alleys, some near the thuja and others near the mums. But the thujas grew bigger and bigger and the mums grew wider and wider. In a couple of years, some of the tulips were strangled by the mums and others were shaded by the thujas. I knew that I had to change my garden's landscape again.
Changing one landscape solves the tulip issue
That summer, I needed to weed the grass from around the mums, but also to plant the echinacea seedlings I had started from seeds. Since the grass had long and deep rhizomes and roots, it was a perfect occasion to dig it out, together with any bulbs I found in there and then, plant the seedlings in their place. Since I already had the spade, I tried to thin some of the mums too and in the process, more tulip and daffodil bulbs came out.
After digging the bulbs out, another issue came up. What to do with the bulbs until fall when I knew it was the perfect time for planting them so they would be able to bloom in the following spring. I knew that bulbs need some cold and just a few drops of water while they are dormant. Since I didn't want to keep watering them, I decided to force the bulbs to go dormant, by keeping them in a plastic bag, in the vegetable box of my fridge. I dug out all the tulip bulbs from around the thujas and saved them in the same way. I must admit I had my doubts, but all turned out well and the bulbs hibernated very well in my fridge.
I am now using the same method any time I am digging out some bulbs, as I know they will be fine in the fall. I have no worries and just let the plastic bag with the bulbs in the fridge and maybe just check on them from once in a while, when I remember.
Starting a new Spring garden
Most of my American Dave's Garden friends are planting the bulbs in late August, but since I am always late, I was late for that too. August was hectic, by caring for the vegetable garden and watering. September passed quickly too - with the pickles! In October I saw that the bulbs in the fridge had sprouted so it sure was time I planted them! I found a perfect place for them where I won't have to dig them out too soon. I plan to make this place a spring garden, with lots of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils blooming altogether. The spot is surrounded by roses and has a hardy hibiscus (moscheutos) in the center. During summer, all those are almost covering my spring garden-to-be, which is perfect.
My plan is good at least for now, but who knows what will happen in the future? Maybe I'll have to change my garden landscape again and start a new spring garden in another spot. But for now, I'm enjoying my spring garden and I'm trying to expand it more and more every year. Aren't bulbs amazing?