Flowers of All Sorts

March 25, 2015

The bulbs I planted in the fall of 2014 are starting to sprout!Nieto Photography 2015(dwarf iris) Nieto Photography 2015(daffodils) Nieto Photography 2015(crocus) Nieto Photography 2015 Nieto Photography 2015(tulips)

I planted these bulbs (244 in all) last fall and covered them with mulch to the depth recommended. Soon after, the chickens got into the mulch, lowering the depth, and even completely dug up some bulbs. Once those were replanted, I covered everything again. Turns out, I covered them too much that second time. I realized this week some bulbs were flowering UNDER the mulch! I spent part of a day this weekend uncovering the bulbs just a bit to give them more of a chance.

Surprise Flower

An interesting things happened this spring. Some bulbs I did NOT plant this fall started sprouting. I planted some bulbs 7? years ago and they never came up. I do not even remember what type of flower they were. My grandfather-in-law, who has since passed, gifted them to me. I am pretty sure the only reason they are blooming this spring is because they were covered in mulch! And not even on purpose. The mulch around these bulbs was kicked there from the chickens. Amazing what a covering does!  Can anyone tell from the leaves what type of bulb this is?Nieto Photography 2015I am excited to see what it turns out to be.

In other flowering news, our apple and peach tree that are covered in mulch are blooming.Nieto Photography 2015 Nieto Photography 2015However, our peach and apple tree NOT covered in mulch are not. That is bad news when it comes to cross pollination 😦 Nieto Photography 2015(uncovered peach tree)

Another experiment in mulching involves the strawberries. I covered them, just as Paul said. I have been nervous that they will not come through. It is still the beginning of spring so I will just have to wait and see. A few have popped their heads through so that’s something 🙂Nieto Photography 2015How’s your garden coming along? Any flower/bulb advice for me?

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2 thoughts on “Flowers of All Sorts

  1. daphnegould

    It looks like spring has come over there. I’m still waiting on it here. It just isn’t going to unfreeze when the nighttime temps keep getting into the 20s and teens. We do have a warm up coming though. Well mostly it is just back to normal temps, but it is something.

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