Thyme Spent in The Garden
I could hear spring yesterday. Do you know what I'm talking about? The birds seem to sing a different tune when spring is just around the corner.
Have you started seeing spring planting bulbs for sale at your local home improvement stores? Now is the time to begin considering whether or not you'd like to add some of these spectacular, ruffled beauties to your landscape. I planted 48 bulbs last spring along one side of my house mixed in with my limelight hydrangeas. Just about every one of theses lovely specimens impressed me with their showy, ruffly petals. I have to wonder if they got their name because they look so happy or because they make the gardener glad?
I purchased my bulbs from a local home improvement store. They had four color varieties to choose from but you can order from a gardening catalog and get a much better selection. When selecting your Gladiolus consider where you will plant them. It is recommended that they be alongside a structure because the stalks do get tall and when they bloom the weight of the flower and a windy day can make them topple. I staked mine with simple green garden poles and twine. Large groupings of one variety of bloom always look best in my opinion. Onsies and twosies won't get the same impact as a large flush of lemon yellow, bright pink or whatever color you choose.
Right now I'm looking at a garden catalog that has 14 different shades to choose from. When selecting the color think about what you've already got growing in your yard. Then decide to either do complimentary colors or opposites on the color wheel. I also take into consideration the color of my house and the outdoor decor.
Planting instructions will be on the package. The best part about them is they come back year after year. You can't beat that! Give these bulbs a try. They are reasonably priced and easy to grow. You won't be disappointed.
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