I have GOT to get out and dig up my tulip bulbs.
When we first moved in we had to do all the landscaping, so I mail ordered about 500 tulip and daffodil bulbs to plant for some beautiful spring flowers. 500 bulbs!
I braced myself for a couple of days work, and I waited for the Mack truck that was obviously going to have to back up in my driveway to unload the stacks of boxes I was expecting.
You wouldn't believe what a surprisingly small box you can fit 500 bulbs into.
When the UPS guy carried it up to my doorstep WITH ONE HAND and dropped it on my doorstep, I was, well, stunned.
By the time I got around to planting them, it was the day before we were predicted to get a hard frost. Soooooo; I had to do it fast, and I planted them "temple style". Hey, I've been on planting projects at the temple and they plant those bulbs as close as they can get em. I figured if it's good enough for the temple grounds....
So instead of the 12" apart as recommended, I planted those babies about every 2-3 inches. Saved myself some serious digging time, too. I planted 500 bulbs in 2 areas that cover approximately 16 square feet.
And I will say, when those beauties came up the next year, they looked FABULOUS! They were showy and they all seemed to explode at once. OK- we WON the neighborhood best looking yard contest. Wooo- wooooo!!
The next spring they looked good, but not great, and this last year, they looked OK.
The thing about it... see, what nobody told me at the time.... is that when you plant that way, you have to dig up the bulbs every year and re-plant.
Now, I ask you, what's the point of planting perennials, if you have to do it over every year?
Oh well, they aren't even predicting that hard frost, yet, so I figure I've got at least 2 more weeks. Surely by then somebody around here will get into trouble and need a little work-therapy, right? Ah, teenagers!