Winter Plantings Bring Spring Flowers.

Okay okay, it isn’t technically winter yet. Will you hold it against me? I have had to shovel snow already. At the end of last week, the ground completely froze over. It is winter. Take that, you autumn-loving, pumpkin-spice everything people.

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Previously, I had been worried that a massive order of bulbs would need to find a seasonal storage option. If you haven’t seen the ground since November, like my cousin living in Vermont, check out Have Bulbs, Will Plant? If your ground is not frozen and you have some spring bulbs to plant, (such as tulips, daffodils, crocus, etc.) WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Get out there and enjoy the fresh air and dig some 6-8 inch deep trenches, or individual holes.. but just trench everything, it’s easier. My preference is always for groupings or mass plantings of the same type of flower together. Studies have shown that group plantings also help the bees to find a nice place to gather nectar and pollen from.


We love our bees, how about you?!

Spring flowering plants are great for bees looking for victuals after a long winter of maintaining a warm hive. Flowers in the genus galanthus are one of the earliest of spring bulbs to come up. So early, you might still call the season winter when they are in bloom. They have been known to peek out of snow covered grounds, lending to the common name “snow drop” for a delicate, white flowered galanthus. Boss and I ordered a couple of different colors of galanthus, that we planted closest to entryways, that they might be intimately admired.

Hold up! I just said we planted bulbs from our order!!?!?

YES! The main reason I am writing is that we planted our entire order of bulbs! Mother Nature made certain that things went her way, not according to plan. Still, we planted over 1,000 bulbs in two days. Yow! At the end of the second day, the sun was setting and the ground we had shoveled out, to place daffodils, had frozen. Although, it sure was a beautiful sight.

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Here, I am smoothing out dirt over the final daffodils to be transplanted. Our order did not include any daffodils, since there were already so many on the property in disorderly places. The new vision for the garden beds is organization. This doesn’t need to feel contrived. There will be a sense of balance and order once we are finished with the overhaul. In keeping with this vision, we moved the daffodils to brace the stone wall. They will be the first flowering thing in these sister perennial garden beds. We put in a bamboo barrier (black plastic, not always what we want to use, but a purpose is served) to inhibit the daffodils from naturalizing beyond their planted point. The tulips included in our order were intended to be planted in front of the daffodils. Next year, upon seeing how the tulips fare in their newly thought up locations, we may order more and follow through with this intention. For this reason, the bamboo barrier is essential to keep the tulips separated from the naturalizing daffodils. We have seen it before, where the daffodils simply overpower the fragile neighboring tulip bulbs from underneath the ground.


Drawing inspiration from springtime.

We planted a row of white globe allium behind a row of mixed peonies of white, pink, and red. Similar to this garden, where the ethereal purple globe master allium blooms appear to float amongst the white peony blooms. This is the effect we are going for, cross your fingers with us! In front of the peonies, we carved out a couple semi circles that will be sporting all different kinds of small blooming allium in matching patterns. I simply can not wait to be amongst this beauty come the beginning of June. Boss and I left surprises for one another to discover next year, that is for certain.

That’s the scoop!

I really wanted to have documentation that we planted all of these bulbs this year! I am so so glad we do not need to risk storing them over winter. I am even more excited about being able to see them come up in the spring! Be sure to stay updated and follow along on facebook or instagram @braidedgardener .

These past few months have already felt as if lifetimes have gone by, and that time has passed so quickly all at once. You really don’t want to miss the development of this particular garden next year. I know we will be very active in it, and the blooms are going to be gorgeous! More blog posts to come. Let me know of anything you might be interested in as we get comfortable with more snow and cold months. Do you garden throughout the winter?

6 thoughts on “Winter Plantings Bring Spring Flowers.”

  1. The ground never freezes here (Zone 8), but after the massive leaf-raking and piling weeks in November, it’s nice to have a break from the garden, and just watch birds at the feeders. But yes, the earliest snowdrops — great big ones — are poking up already and showing white. The Corsican hellebores are budding up; they usually start blooming in January. Looking forward to posts about your remade garden next spring and summer!

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    1. We are hoping that the onion smell of the allium will protect some neighboring tulips. However, we also put in a layer of soil perfector (essentially small rocks) that inhibits the critters from wanting to dig through it. Coffee grounds are also supposed to be unpleasant to rodents, if you want to try placing them on the ground. If the rodents don’t get the bulbs from underneath, the deer may eat the new shoots. There is liquid fence that does a decent job at keeping deer away when applied properly. My friend has told me that shavings of Irish spring soap will keep deer away. Others have said placing dog fur around will also ward off deer. Although nothing is guaranteed, I have seen some pretty persistent critters!

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