Planting Daffodil Bulbs

Thinning Daffodil BulbsI have been busy planting daffodil bulbs. You might remember my post about thinning daffodil bulbs.  After I dug up the crowded bulbs and separated them all out, I had over 300 daffodil bulbs!  See the picture to the left.  And then I thinned out my tulips also.  I had over 100 tulip bulbs!  Even after giving away several presents of 10-15 bulbs in beautiful gift bags (a perfect gift idea!) I still had a lot of work cut out for myself!

Planting Daffodil Bulbs is an Autumn Activity

Fall is planting time for bulbs though I did plant some at the end of the summer.  You can also plant them in the summer but then you have to make sure that the ground does not dry out.  Over the last 6 weeks I have been planting lots of daffodil and tulip bulbs.

I Plant Bulbs When it is Warm Outside

I plant bulbs anytime that it is not too cold outside.  I plant at least ten every time I go out.  So I ran into the problem of “Where have I already planted?” I needed some kind of marker to mark each place where I planted a bulb.  I thought about popsicle sticks.  It was a nice warm day and I planned to plant about 40 bulbs. I wanted to get started but didn’t have any popsicle sticks.  Planting Daffodil BulbsI was racking my brain for an alternative and I came up with straws.  We had lots of colorful straws.  They are the perfect answer to my dilemma!  Now the only problem is that colorful straws are popping out of my garden all over the front yard.  I am getting a lot of strange questions from friends of my children about why their mother has all these straws in the garden.  Is she trying to grow straws?  They are all scratching their heads and wondering about my sanity.  It all makes sense though when I explain how wonderful straws are for marking where you have already planted a bulb!

If you live in a warmer area, you can order bulbs from Burpee if you plant them soon!  Click on the picture below to order bulbs. Here is an interesting article on when it is too late to plant bulbs from the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center.  In the article it says if you still have bulbs unplanted in January or February, plant them anyway–bulbs are great survivors.  They say that there are many stories each year of bulbs that bloom even though they were planted in less than optimal circumstances.