SO YOU ALREADY HEARD that the secret to making a year-round garden is to think all seasons, all the time. Yes, yes, I know it’s very un-Buddhist to be outside the moment (and believe me, I realize these things as I write my posts and worry about myself). But whether in the “be here now” or not, here’s my next tip:
Think fall right now, as in mark in your beds where you need more bulbs, placing discreet labels where the “holes” are, and place your bulb order today. The bonus (besides ordering the right things and knowing where to put them when they arrive without piercing anything that’s since gone dormant when you dig): You get a 10 percent discount at all the bulb companies for orders placed early. Check my Sources list for favorite vendors. Do it now.
(Those are my cutting tulips up top, which I grow in my raised vegetable beds and replace every few years. The beautiful stinker at the end is the crown imperial, Fritillaria imperialis, a swell skunky-smelling thing I wouldn’t be without.)