This past September 26th came and went without a birthday card or any other acknowledgement from my two brothers. I thought they both somehow forgot. It seemed pretty hard to believe. My birthday has been on the 26th of September for the past 28 years, and they were alive for 26 and 19 of those birthdays respectively. As it turns out, only the 19 year old forgot. The older of my two brothers ordered an assortment of bulbs as a gift, but didn’t realize that they wouldn’t be shipped until it was the right time to plant them in my area. Receiving the box in mid October was a wonderful surprise.
Among the bulbs my brother picked out for me were these Autumn Crocus, which I planted in a pot near my front door. On top of the bulbs, I planted some sweet allysum to cover the bare dirt. The effect is really pretty and couldn’t have been easier.
I got the idea from this video created by Sunset Magazine. Even if it is already pretty cold in your area, I think you would still be able to do something similar. A lot of bulbs need a long cold winter to produce beautiful flowers in Spring. If you plant them now in a pot that won’t crack, you can leave them outdoors this winter and receive a your “gift” next Spring.