I walked through the gardens today hoping for a few pictures…and yes, there was siberian squill, crocus, snow drop, glory of the snow and grape  hyacinth. How great it was to see the first signs of spring in Gentle Gardens…the tulips in my neighbor’s yard in her south-side garden are ready to bloom.  (They are protected from the cold by the house, and the sun reflects off the house to warm the soil.) However, ours are only about 4 inches out of the ground.

 

Siberian squill is a easy bulb to grow, it spreads into the lawn as a delightful full-blue welcome to spring.  It will grow in shady areas too…plant it and forget it.


Crocus.
After a long winter, the first bulb to flower is often the crocus…in deep yellow or purple flowers in early spring, many open before the snow has melted.

Snowdrop. Waking up the spring is the little snowdrop.  Nodding white flowers that look like tiny white morning doves as they poke up through the slightly thawed earth in late winter.

Grape Hyacinth

Celebrate spring with grape hyacinth‘s bells.  In beautiful blue it’s an easy-growing bulb with a fragrant flower.  In the fall it pushes up some foliage – how clever – so you can find it and not dig it up by accident.

Another bulb for naturalizing is glory-or-the-snow, blooming in early spring with long lasting blue flowers.  It makes larger clumps every year and is wonderful mixed with groundcovers such as laminum.



 

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