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Spring is just around the corner

A crocus 'Yellow Mammoth', winter aconite, netted iris, grape hyacinth and scilla flower.

It’s amaing how the little things can give us such joy, like seeing the first bee of the season, or a Carolina wren tearing out last year’s nest in order to rebuild it anew. But as a gardener, seeing the first blooms of the year completes that’s sense of renewal for me.

My go-tos for early bloom are:

  • snow crocus (Crocus spp.)
  • winter aconite (Eranthis spp.)
  • hellebores (Helleborus spp.)
  • netted iris (Iris reticulata)
  • grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.)
  • daffodils (Narcissus spp.)
  • squill (Scilla spp.)

Plan your fall-planted bulb order now

All of these except the hellebores are fall-planted bulbs, so this is the time I walk the garden and make note of where early bloom could be added in preparation for making my bulb order later this spring. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, make your bulb order early. No matter what, when those bulbs arrived, you’ll find the strength to plant them. If you wait until you are tired out mentally and physically from gardening all summer, you may not have the energy to even make the order.

Daffodils normally require full sun, but for early-blooming cultivars, you can bend the rules a bit and plant them under deciduous trees as long as they are exposed to full sun during the tree’s dormant period. It works because the early-blooming cultivars can complete their bloom cycle under full sun well before the tree’s leaves have yet to emerge and cast shade.