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Diggin’ In: Planting Bulbs Now for a Spring Payoff

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By Kathy Van Mullekom

planting_bulbs(MCT)—When you plant bulbs in the fall, you bury something that looks pretty brown and boring.

Come spring, your hard work pays off. First, a green shoot emerges from the soil, followed by leaves that frame colorful flowers.

Presto, your brown, boring bulbs — alliums, tulips, crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths — are buried treasures that send you into spring fever.

Choosing the bulbs to bury gets better—and more challenging—each year.

“If you look at all bulbs, there really are literally hundreds of thousands of different varieties to choose from,” says Becky Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in southeastern Virginia. The Heaths have been chosen as suppliers of 100,000 daffodils to be planted in various cities and counties in October and November as part of the Marathon Daffodil route in honor of the Boston Marathon, according to a recent Boston Magazine.

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