By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI
One of the most welcome sights in spring are masses of beautiful, brightly colored spring bulbs. Red, yellow, pink, and shades of purple, along with white, brightens our yards and landscapes after a cold, dreary winter. There are many different varieties of spring flowering bulbs that can provide color from spring to summer. Bulbs come in early, mid, or late season varieties. Plant some of each so you can have extended color throughout the season. Bloch’s Farm has these fall bulbs available: Daffodil, Tulip, Hyacinth, Allium, and Muscari.
Consider planting tulips, daffodils, alliums, and other hardy bulbs before the ground freezes in late fall, between mid-October to mid-November. Bulbs planted too early in the season tend to sprout and may begin their growth process if placed in the ground while there are still sunny, mild days and before it has cooled down. In general, bulbs should be planted in sunny areas; however, there are some bulbs that will take partial shade. When planting bulbs, it is very important to plant them at the appropriate depths. The rule of thumb is that you should dig the hole the same size and height of the bulb. Refer to the package or tag for variety specific information. Bulbs grow best in most soil as long as it has good drainage. Once your bulbs are in place, sprinkle each with bone meal or a special ‘bulb booster’ that will help them thrive.
Allium bulbs are mid-season bloomers producing sphere-like flower heads atop tall stalks. Flower heads can range in size and color. Alliums are part of the onion family, and are deer and rabbit resistant.
Tulips come in many different colors and forms. They are often used in cut-flower gardens. True species of tulips are less likely to be eaten by deer and are often longer lived than the hybrid varieties.
There are many varieties of daffodils. Beautiful flower heads, ranging in numerous colors, stand on tall stalks. Daffodils are easy to grow and deer resistant making them a favorite among gardeners.
Bloch’s Farm is open 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. We have fall bulbs, annuals, and mums available. Find bulb booster and digging tools as well… everything you need to create a beautiful spring garden that will last for years to come. Also, check out our huge selection of perennials, trees, and other shrubs. Stop in today and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Join us for this weekend’s sale: October 1st – October 3rd: 30% Off Trees and Shrubs!