It is not too late to plant bulbs
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener One of spring’s beauty is the bright faces of flowering spring bulbs. It is not too late to plant spring bulbs. However, shipping dates will end soon so best to order right away. I might note that I did see bulbs for sale in the grocery store last week. Bulbs need a chilling period therefore the importance of planting in the fall. The most common spring bulb is likely the daffodil, Narcissus, known as buttercups in these parts. Some gardeners feel that yellow screams in the garden which makes me want to say Give me a break! I feel their bright yellow faces bring cheer. If you share the former feeling, not to worry, there are plenty of daffodils in whites and pinks. Daffodils require full sun and in my experience aren’t that picky about soil. Good drainage is required. One important thing to remember is that daffodils, as with all bulbs, need the foliage to remain until completely brown. Leaving the foliage feeds the bulbs so that it will bloom again next year. No need to deadhead, remove the spent flowers. If seed heads appear that just means you’ll have surprise blooms next year.