It might have taken three months, but the ground finally dried out enough for me to plant my tulips. Fortunately, only a few of them were moldy. Along with not wanting to waste my money (they were spendy) I’ve been looking forward to seeing them in bloom. I realize they won’t be at their best this year, but at least they will be better than the lawn that has been overtaking my front flower bed.
My main worry right now is that I am overdoing it with the bulbs. I already have bluebells, canna lilies, and two varieties of hyacinths. The only perennial in that section is my Knapweed. (I finally identified my mystery plant!) As much as I love bulbs, the garden will be rather boring if that is all it consists of.
I am doing two things to combat this. First, I am only adding two to three new varieties at a time. This will hopefully help limit a single day of impulsive buying from dominating the bed.
The second thing I am doing is taking lots of pictures. This will help me assess color schemes, seasonal transitions, and plant architecture. The fewer plants I have to discard or find a new home for the better.
My front garden bed is definitely still a work in progress. By the end of the summer, though, it should be more like what I have envisioned.