Free Spring Flowers!


Submitted 7 months ago
Created by
Henry Homeyer

I love the early spring blossoms that appear in my garden each year. First the Snowdrops, then Winter Aconite, Glory of the Snow and Scilla. All appear in March and April, their exact arrival timed according to the snow. This year, all were late.

Snowdrops that planted themselves

But what pleases me to no end is that these early spring bulbs move around and multiply. Like all flowers, they produce seeds – but these little guys seem to spread more than most other flowers. They generally migrate downhill and into my lawn.

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Last year I saw a cluster of leaves of the bright yellow Winter Aconite that I had planted downhill and 15 feet from where they appeared this year. They did not bloom last year, but this year I have plenty of bright yellow flowers there.

These Winter Aconite migrated up hill!

It’s important not to mulch over little clumps of leaves from delicate, diminutive bulb plants. Or to weed them out. And if they appear in the lawn, try not to step on them. By the time the lawn is ready for mowing, the leaves will have disappeared.

Winter Aconite only open their blossoms on sunny, warm days.

So next fall, plant some of those early blooming bulb plants. If they are happy as planted, in a few years you’ll have plenty more – for free!

My scilla are up, but not blooming yet. This was taken last year.

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