You’ll see them in early spring, often blooming through the snow. Early blooming crocus are a sure sign that spring is on its way. The crocus flowers are soon followed by daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, each bringing its own distinct color to your garden. The spring blooms you see are from hardy bulbs that were planted the fall before. Planting bulbs is the best way to have a colorful spring garden and now is the time to plant them. Bulbs available for planting now are hardy bulbs, which mean they are cold-tolerant. They will survive our winter weather and bloom for many seasons to come.
Bloom time is dependent on where you plant your bulbs and how deep you plant them. Bulbs planted near a fence or foundation are going to bloom sooner because the reflected heat warms the soil up. If your bulbs are coming up too early or you want to slow the bloom time, add 2" to 3" of mulch to the bed. To ensure spring blooms, there are a few things you’ll need to know.