Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How does your garden grow??

I hope you are enjoying some beautiful winter ~~ spring blooms in your area of the world.

Aside from the aforementioned Daphne and the hearty hellebores,

bulbs are ruling the landscape in my garden.

I love packing my courtyard beds with as many layers of bulbs as I can manage so that we can enjoy a colorful show for weeks on end. As a general rule, bulbs should be planted at a depth that is 3x their width. So, larger bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, can be planted at 6-8 inches deep, covered with a few inches of soil, and then smaller bulbs, such as crocus and muscari, can be planted above them, 2-4 inches beneath the surface of the soil.

This type of layering results in a wonderful, overlapping display of flowers, and the new growth usually covers the flowers that are fading away.

In the first scene we had a colorful blast of crocus, the amuse bouche of spring.

Before the crocus had reached intermission the muscari had pushed their spear shaped heads onto the stage. 

Along with the muscari, a chorus of daffodils popped open to joyfully dance in the wind. 

These were  actually supposed to be all white, but I guess I don't mind a touch of pale yellow.

The principal is waiting in the wings for the grand finale.

Some are happy to just watch the flowers come and go from a distance. Others like to have them a little closer. They like to step out to touch and feel, smell and collect.

Near or far, I hope the spring flowers are bringing you happiness, beauty and contentment.


Barbara@HausDesign said...

Your flowers are beautiful - you're quite the impressive photographer too Emily!

I Dream Of said...

Gorgeous, Emily! Is that your daughter crowned for Spring? I just love watching the parade of blooms this time of year. We are preparing to do some new landscaping at our house, so not a lot to look at here, but the magnolia tree is ready to pop and there are some lovely white hyacinths blooming indoors in our entry right now - the whole house smells of them. Heaven! Happy Spring!

Splendid Sass said...

These flowers are absolutely beautiful. Your camera takes perfect photographs! I love the wreat that you made. Is that your daughter?
Happy Thursday!

quintessence said...

What spectacular images. I never knew you could plant bulbs on top of each other - but then again, gardening is far from my area of expertise. Love the head wreath of flowers!!

Interior Design Musings said...

My lenten roses are still going strong, but it is full on Spring here in Birmingham. My azaleas are almost completely done here! Hope you're well, friend. M.