Jodie Bross of Glenwild Garden Center in Bloomingdale, NJ says:
"The idea of the bulb is so nice: patience and being kind to yourself, giving yourself that downtime. It's OK to draw in and not be out there all the time, beautiful. Bulbs are also a good lesson to slow down and let things happen at their own pace."
As Jodie so eloquently states, we there is opportunity to learn from nature, and sometimes those lessons are best learned by getting your hands in the soil experiencing nature's wisdom first-hand.
The good news is, it's not too late to start the new pattern of sowing the seeds (or in this case the bulbs) of your intentions for spring. As long as the ground is not too cold to dig, Jodie said spring-flowering bulbs can still be planted into December. The important thing is that they have a resting period during the coldest months of winter before the warmth of spring urges them to sprout.
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She also warns to follow directions carefully as far as planting depth. Otherwise, your bulbs could sprout during a warm snap and end up with frost-blighted leaves and not as many blooms.
Kim Schillaci from FL, can't always wait for Spring for color and brightness. "I force bulbs for the winter so I have pots of flowers around the holidays," she said.
Forcing bulbs to bloom works with their energy, encouraging them to bloom sooner than they would if outdoors.
Jodie's favorite thing about bulbs is that, although the warmer weather launches her business into the busy season, and even though as a gardener, she's busy with spring clean-up, bulbs are easy to enjoy because they're already done. It's like finding a ten dollar bill stashed in a coat pocket for a rainy day, she said...
Planting spring-flowering bulbs now is a great gift to yourself, and a simple pattern of self-indulgence that is easy to begin.