I had a small representation of narcissus from the White Flower Farm (The works) and had been planning on doing it up this year. Hubbs had asked about color aka tulips, so I was determined.
After finding motivation, I went out and snagged end of season sale bulbs from Super Walmart, up the street in Amherst NH - Tax free. I figure bulbs are bulbs, but time will tell I suppose.
I put the tulips in 3 places. On the right of the house near the neighbor's driveway, I put a pastel mix, blending into a mix of bright yellow and bright red. Now that I type it, I'm not sure that's a great combination, but we shall see. In the 3' strip against the walk (which is begging to be lengthened, but that's another blog) I added 45 orange red blend tulips. Up by the porch corner garden I added a low border of white tulips, followed by a hot pink/purple double early called margarita (see a stock photo below) and in the back, a white and hot pink/purple blended variety. I also bulked up the narcissus area with 24 white daffodils. All in all, a lot of flowers. I can't wait for Spring and its just November 6th.
So then energized by how good the raked gardens were looking, I tackled cutting back the grasses, which had been squashed flat by the storm's 12" of heavy cement-like snow. It was very sad, the grasses are mature 6' varieties of witches broom, a varigated miscanthus, and a zebra grass. They were in full 'bloom' with large seed tails which is when they are most interesting. So fun...sigh.
Planted near porch:
48 white tulips 12" tall
36 Dk Pink 'Margarita' Tulips 18-20"
38 Pink and White Tulips 20-22" tall
Planted near daisies:
45 orange red 20-22"
Planted near neighbor's drive:
76 pastel blend 20-22"
76 yellow 18-20"
76 red 20-22"