When I drive past someone's house who has his entire front yard full of spring flowers, it absolutely brightens my day. Spring flowers add color, as well as character to a person's yard. A well manicured yard with a tasteful arrangement of flowers makes a powerful statement about the person who owns it. It says that this person really cares about his or her yard and it is important to them to make it look nice.
Spring flowers are lots of work, and their beauty really doesn't last that long, but in my opinion, they are worth it because us denizens of the North land can use a bit of color come spring. All that you really need to get started is some flowering bulbs, a small shovel, and a small piece of your yard.
Before you run out to your local greenhouse, you are going to want to do some careful planning. Haphazardly throwing a bunch of spring flowers in your yard will not yeild good results. If you are at a loss as to where to start, ask your local greenhouse owner what looks nice. Or, take a drive around town and carefully look at the nicest looking yards.
Other than the return of the robins, the first sign of spring is always daffodils. Daffodils begin sprouting before any other plant and they grow very quickly. Over time, these plants will spread and fill up the entire area where you planted them. Some people prefer to control them by digging out their bulbs in the fall so they won't be as thick next spring, I prefer to allow them to spread as long as they don't invade my lawn. I like to look of a thick group of beautiful yellow flowers.
If you would like to add daffodils to your yard, you need to first need to decide which type you would like to plant. Visit your local greenhouse and ask about them. You will discover that the flowers come in a variety of colors as well. I prefer the yellow flowers, but you should investigate before you make your decision.
Once you have purchased your daffodil bulbs, you need to plant them. Daffodil bulbs need to be planted in the fall. You should plant them about 6 - 8 inches below ground level, with the pointed end facing up. Do not plant the bulbs too close together. Each bulb should have about a 2 - 3 inch diameter buffer zone around it. Some gardeners feel the need to fertilize at the time of planting, I have had bad luck with that practice. I believe that the fertilizer attracted pests, which in turn ate my bulbs.
Another thing I like about daffodils is the fact that they don't require much attention. I simply plant them and then they grow each spring!
An article about spring flowers would not be complete without a discussion about tulips. There are countless varieties of tulips and they are all colorful and beautiful.
Tulip bulbs also need to be planted in the fall. Again, plant the bulbs 6 - 8 inches below the ground level with their pointed end facing up. You also need a 2 - 3 inch diameter buffer zone around each bulb.
The spring flower collection in your yard is not something that can be rushed, rather it is something that needs to be worked on every year. My best advice to someone who is just beginning is to plant some bulbs and then see how the flower look next spring. If you like what you see, you might want to plant some more. If you don't, there is always next year to try something new. I always plant something new every year in additi0n to the flowers I already have.
Tulips can be purchased from any garden store,
Spring flowers are one of my favorite parts of the spring. I believe that they signify the new life that comes with the spring. In the north land, spring is something that is celebrated.