I got all excited and decided to double the size of the bed to a half-circle and fill it in with some Spring Bulbs. I bought Grape Hyacinths, Tete-a-Tete miniature Daffodil bulbs and Pink Hyacinth from American Meadows. The order came in just a couple of days, in perfect, healthy condition . In the back I planted a Turk's Cap with Gregg's Mist plants in front of it. If they take they'll be great summer butterfly and hummingbird flowers.
I was knocked out by this years Oxblood Lilies
Perhaps I got a little carried away
Planning on what to put where was a problem that I solved by using Inkscape, a vector graphics editor. It's quite a steep learning curve but since I already had some experience it came in handy.
Why yes, that's 275 bulbs
Planted, smoothed over and walkways
I wanted to use oak leaves for a mulch but knew that if I just threw them down, they would become an impermeable barrier to water. I googled it and after some research found someone who had shredded oak leaves in a container with a Weedeater. It worked! If you try it, by all means use eye protection and try to fish out as many twigs as possible.
Lightly mulched, more later.
Now, to be patient for about 4 months...