Bulb pick up time is here, bulb boxes are getting prepped for shipping, and the excitement for spring
begins...even though it is only fall! Here in the Skagit Valley,
October is the best month for getting bulbs into the ground; the same is true
for most areas across the US and Canada. Daytime temps have cooled, the soil
temps have fallen below 60 degrees, and the fields are still dry enough to
drive a tractor + planter. It is hard to say what the weather will be like
during this day and age, but we are sticking to what's worked thus far until we
find out otherwise.
Though we aim to finish planting our fields by October 31st, our display garden isn't finished for some weeks after. The reason being, our team is planting over one million bulbs (nearly 200 varieties) all by hand! You can imagine that this may take a bit more time than driving a machine through a field. As you have seen in the past, the designs of the garden are also quite intricate. There have been rainbows, I heart you's, bullseyes, Seahawk pride, a Kung Fu Panda, and so much more - always different, and always impressive.
In our August Newsletter, we provided some tips as to how you can prep your garden for bulbs. If you have not gotten around to it yet, there's still time! For those of you whose gardens are ready to go, this simple planting guide will provide you four easy steps to get you started. If you're thinking about getting a little more creative with your planting this year, we've listed some ideas (many of which we use), that can lead you on your way!
Planting Seminars, Saturday, September 25th, October 3rd and 10th, 10am
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