Gardeners, don’t give up. You still have time to plant bulbs, even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, wreaths have replaced the outdoor display of mums at the Mamaroneck Stop and Shop, and the lot at Redwood Nursery has been cleared in anticipation of Christmas trees.
In fact, the best time to plant is after the first frost, so the bulbs will stay cool and not be tricked into putting forth sprouts before their time. In addition, waiting to plant after the first frost is good protection against squirrels, who love to dig up your bulb for a sweet treat.
A previous Gazette column gives information about where and how to plant your bulbs, but if you’ve procrastinated until mid-November, your choice of what to plant will be limited.
It’s a bit late for catalog shopping, although a quick look at online sites shows some have limited quantities remaining. However, to be sure what you’re purchasing is in good condition, your best bet is to shop locally.
Most nurseries and the grocery still have some stock left, particularly daffodils and tulips in the most common colors. Larchmont Nursery also has some muscari – the small grape hyacinth that bloom early in the spring and make a beautiful border or spot of bright color. But a quick survey earlier this week found the best selection at Tony’s, where bulbs are on sale.