|This is a rockery trowel|
People ask, “How do you plant bulbs in the lawn?”
I answer, “With a rockery trowel.”
They nod knowingly. Of course, they should have thought of using a rockery trowel.
As if they knew what a rockery trowel was.
Show of hands… who knew what a rockery trowel was before reading this post?
A rockery trowel is a trowel with a long skinny head which allows me to plant
hundreds thousands of bulbs in my lawn. I merely thrust the trowel into the ground, push it forward, plop a small bulb in the hole behind the trowel head, pull out the trowel, wipe off any dirt that stuck to it, and pat the hole closed.
Then I move on to the next one.
And it is more of a slap than a pat because I move pretty fast.
How fast can I plant bulbs with my rockery trowel? Sunday afternoon, I planted 500 crocus corms in 59 minutes, which means I planted approximately 8.47 bulbs per minute.
Last week, working several evenings, and finishing up on Saturday morning, I planted 1,000 Chionodoxa gigantea bulbs in the lawn.
And then I ordered more bulbs for the lawn. Why not?
Between the 500 newly planted crocuses, 1000 Chionodoxa bulbs, plus the 2,000 crocus corms I planted last year and the year before, I should have a nice display. Especially after I plant 1,000 more Chionodoxa bulbs.
People will ask, “Do the bulbs come back each year?”
I am tempted to respond, “Well, technically the bulbs don’t go anywhere from year to year, so they have no where to come back from.” But what people really meant to ask is do they flower each year. The answer is yes, they do.
Do they multiply? Hard to say. I don’t count them in the spring.
Do chipmunks eat them? Not in my yard, but I’ve heard chipmunks especially love crocus corms.
What about weed killers? I don’t use weed killers on this lawn so I don’t have to worry about weed killers being the cause of their disappearance, should these flowers disappear.
What about dandelions? And clover? Oh yes, I have plenty of dandelion blooms, too. I consider them Mother Nature’s contribution to the floral display. And just so I don’t show up Mother Nature, I don’t plant yellow crocuses in the lawn.
And clover? It’s really the best thing that’s ever happened to my lawn. I even sowed clover seed in my lawn to be sure I had plenty. The clover stays green even during periods of no rain, fixes nitrogen in the soil and has pretty white flowers. Bees come from everywhere to feast upon the clover blooms in my yard.
What other flowers am I going to plant in my lawn? For now, this is it. Crocus, Chionodoxa and clover.
I can hardly wait for spring…