At last, the first of the species crocus is coming through and was shining bravely in the sunshine yesterday. It was bliss to get out there and do some gardening. It was not just the effect of the awful weather this winter keeping me out of the garden but also number of trade shows -it is a busy time of year for that with trips to Atlanta, GA and Greensboro, NC and also to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina -I was so hoping to get my walk on the beach and collect black rocks and oyster shells for my Asian garden -I have a dry river bed -my Black river I call it. Well it poured with rain sending everything dripping and steaming but finally on sturday morning despite the mist it was not raining! Hurray! I dragged on my jacket -it seemed to be warm enough to be with a hat so I left that on the seat in the car and headed for the pier. At least I started off in that direction across the sand, the pier was still shrouded in a white misty swirling haze. No tickling my toes in the sand this year -still, I was enjoying the sound of the water and watching all the seagulls delving their long beaks into the wet sand. I arrived at the pier and guess what? Yes the rain came down faster and faster. My hat was in the car -but heck rain water is good for your hair -so they tell me! Fortunately I hadn't checked out of my hotel so was still able to go back to my room and dry my dripping hair. It was unpleasantly dripping down my neck by this time. But iDID get mey walk on the beach -no shells though this time.
Back to planting bulbs -we planted about 5000 Oxford tulips yesterday -my method -the easy plant way. I have been saving cardboard to lay on the insiduously creeping Bermuda grass we call lawn. After wetting it with thehose the tulips are dumped unceremoniously in a heap over it and then raked to spread out in a single layer. Next come a few wheelbarrowfuls of topsoil and compost and finally a layer of shredded tree mulch. that's it -that's how to plant a brand new flower bed -the very easy way. Several layers of newspaper will also help to supress grass and weeds if you don't have enough cardboard. This a great way to start a new bed or do landscaping. I know it is a little late to plant tulips but it has been so cool and the left over bulbs at Marlboro Bulb Company, SC are in good shape -so we will see. I will keep you posted. Daffodils are still fine for another couple of weeks in many areas too by the way. Happy plantings!