Today was even better than yesterday! It reached 70 in midday! I spread more compost in the wildflower bed. I went light on it yeterday, not knowing how fr it would go, but I barely used 1/5 of the trailerful, so I was more generous today.
I have about 1/2" overall now and enough left to cover the seeds when I broadcast them tomorrow plus some to spread VERY lightly over them afterwards. The need light to germinate, so they relly only want a sprinkle on top.
And THAT leaves half the trailerload of compost for use elsewhere! I have an surfeit of compost and what gardener does not want more compost?
I will spread the remainder on the Spring Bulb bed. As the worms work in into the soil, it will feed the bulbs roots and make them stronger next year.
And I have good news about the bulbs! I went to a lot of effort in Fall 2015 to plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs in wire cages to protect them from voles and squirrels. The tulips came up fine. But not a single hyacinth emerged. I was ready to dig up the hyacinth cages and replant last Fall, but decided to with them another year. Sometimes bulbs take some time to grow roots, and I had planted the hyacinths late.
Guess what I saw today? Hyacinth shoots emerging from the soil! I don't know how many will emerge and bloom, but however many come up will be good. And THIS year, I will cover the spots where they grow with cardboard cut to size so that I will know where not to dig this year.
And I am thrilled to see daffodils emerging from 2 years ago AND last Fall's plantings. Just this one bed should have 4x as many as last Spring. I now have 200 early daffodils, 200 mid-season daffodils, and 200 late-season daffodils! Plus the usual old plantings of various daffodils around the backyard.
I prefer tulips and hyacinths for color, but you can't beat daffodils for dependability. I have some that are 30 years old now and still blooming.
And I've seen the first tulip leaves showing up. More than I thought I would have. The wire cages seem to work as protection against the voles. The unusually warm weather is bringing them up sooner than usual. If it gets cold again, I will cover them. But it is sure good to see them emerging again. Tulips are my favorite flowers. Especially the multicolored ones.
Daffodils and hyacinths can't match THAT!