Springtime Bulbs

It seems like just yesterday that we were planting bulbs. Those cold, gray days last November had us in hats and long-johns while we crouched in the dirt, popping in thousands of tulip, daffodil and hyacinth bulbs with well-wishes and hopes for (what felt like) a faraway spring.



And boy was it a long winter! Maintenance crews were able to stay outside putting gardens to bed and pruning right up until Christmas; temps quickly and dramatically fell into a bitter deep freeze through the end of December and well into January, accompanied by beautiful fluffy snow to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and other wintertime pursuits.

February brought with it an equally unusual and dramatic warm-up. Several feet of snow melted before our eyes, and before we knew it, we were looking at bare ground, frost heaves, open water on our lakes and ponds, and thermometers in the high fifties and low sixties. But as we all know too well, an early spring in February is too good to be true. March brought with it the Spring Equinox, longer daylight in the evenings, and weeks on end of cold temps – even three back-to-back Nor-Easters! Spring seemed just as far away as it had planting bulbs in November.

But as it does every year, the calendar flipped. April Fools shared its day with Easter and children hunted for eggs in snowbanks. April, that blessed and cruel time of year when both summer and winter pull at our fingers and toes. Short sleeves and 60 degrees one day, freezing rain and 35 the next.

But, like the miracles they are, up have come the bulbs! Through snowbanks and soil that has been stubborn to warm, signs of green life reassure us that, despite the weather outside our doors, warmer days are indeed ahead.





Certainly nothing cheers us up more here at BMF than emerging bulbs and our favorite Springtime quotes!


“Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” —Ellis Peters

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” —Margaret Atwood

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” —Sitting Bull

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” —Doug Larson

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” —Gustav Mahler


Though it is easy with spring’s arrival to look ahead to Maine’s gorgeous summer season, we try to take delight and inspiration in the changes going on in our gardens right now. The air will never smell sweeter and the birdsong never sound lovelier than during these bewildering, peculiar, frustrating, breathtaking, beautiful days of Spring. So get out there and get your hands in the dirt!

We’ll happily join you.