By Doug Schuster
Spring is an exciting time at Kingwood; it begins with our big kick off in the garden with the appearance of our Tulip display along with other spring bulbs in late April to early May. While the beauty of the blooming bulbs is enjoyable and a display as large as Kingwood’s is not commonplace, what most don’t realize is how long that display has been in the works. The spring bulb display is an 11-month process which begins as early as June with the design and selection of bulbs to be planted for the following year. Once we have ordered our bulbs, we then await their arrival; most tulip bulbs come all the way from Holland. They usually arrive sometime between the 3rd to 4th week of September. Here at Kingwood, we will store the bulbs until we remove our annual display and prep our landscape beds. Once the beds have been prepared, we will plant the bulbs. Usually, this takes place in mid to late October. Once planted we wait for the show.
Our number one question in early spring is, “do you sell tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc.?”. Spring bulbs are about looking to the future. Knowing that if you want to see blooms in early spring, you need to plan for it in the fall. Currently, we are at the end of summer, and we have received a good dose of fresh air and beautiful plants, but by April of next year after a long Ohio winter, we will be itching to see anything green and blooming. Now is the time to plant those spring blooming bulbs.
September 8th is the day that Spring Bulbs will be available in Kingwood’s Garden Shop. We will have roughly 75 varieties including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and some other minor bulbs. Our supply of bulbs is set. Once they are gone, that will be it for the year. We hope to see you in the shop.