Divide and place bulbs...
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Iris reticulata, so beautiful in early spring. Why not have more of them?
...even in bloom! No better time to decide which ones,
You see them you like them , there's room for them elsewhere...
So dig them and move them.
Likewise, set out those bulbs you receive as gifts, in pots.
Keep in mind that those were planted shallow for forcing and must
be set much deeper to fare well in the garden. Go ahead and bury
the foliage to make it happen. We've done it many times and know it
doesn't stop a hardy bulb from coming back the next year.
Below: These purple species Iris reticulata bloom
earlier than the blue-violet variety 'Harmony' at right. We have
both and can't ever remember later in spring which were
So as soon as we had admired the purples in bloom,
and while the blues were still flowering, we dug some and spread
Below: We could have divided the gift daffodils, too, but
decided to go for the mature-clump look next year. We've dug the
hole deeper than our trowel is long because we like daffodils to
rest down out of harm's way in a garden. In addition, we know that
deep daffs and tulips aren't so quick to multiply and become a mass
of small, non-blooming bulbs.
Maybe it sounds cruel. The headline might read: "Defenseless
daffodils buried alive!" But they're fine like that.