Fall Planting

Each spring, as I’m cleaning out the garden and flower beds and preparing for all the new planting I vow, “this year, no excuses, I’m going to get Fall planting done”. Fall comes and goes — without any planting. I’m generally burned out and tired by the time Fall rolls around and haven’t the brain power to plan, let alone purchase and then plant bulbs for Spring flowering. And then, Spring returns and I’m disappointed that I let the opportunity for Fall planting pass me by.

This year I got way ahead of the game. I planned – and ordered – bulbs for Fall planting in August! I figured it would trick  force me into finally addressing this outstanding chore. There wouldn’t be any way I would spend the money, have the bulbs here ready for planting, and let the opportunity slip by. And, I was right!

Turns out I got a little crazy with the ordering. When the package showed up and I opened it to assess what I was really dealing with, 124 bulbs came spilling out into my life. Oh gosh! 124 bulbs really isn’t a lot when you consider the size and number of landscaped areas in my yard – but – oh gosh!

And then, when I went to pick up some mums to plant as well (because if you’re going to do Fall planting, DO Fall planting, right?) I had a momentary lapse in judgment and bought another package of tulips…because they were unique and like nothing else I had ordered…and because, well, I momentarily lost my mind!

Fall planting in Colorado can be tricky because the weather is super tricky. Temps are all over the place and it’s anyone’s guess what sort of precipitation will fall from the sky. In the past couple weeks we’ve had two torrential downpours, complete with thunder, lightening and hail! That’s right, in October. It is for this same reason that deciding what to wear in the morning is a total guessing game – and inevitably, you end up uncomfortable (either too warm or too cold) the majority of the day…but, I digress…

So, playing the weather and juggling work and other household responsibilities, completing this project played out over the course of several days. I am happy to report that it’s FINALLY done. I can’t wait until Spring 2016 rolls around and I can share with you all the splendor that only Spring can bring — with 130+ early season blooms — compliments of all this hard work in the Fall.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the pops of color in the Fall that mums are so famous for:

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Wishing you all an incredible week – do whatever you can to make it great!
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2 responses to “Fall Planting

  • Marian Tomberlin

    I wish I had been as ambitious with bulb planting as you. Maybe next year! Until then make sure you post lots of pictures next spring and we’ll all enjoy your hard work!

    • simplyeclecticlife

      The trick is really to order them all when you are still ambitious…or…that’s what worked for me! It’s hard to have those bulbs sitting around as a reminder of your best intentions as well as the money already spent. Good luck next year!

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