If you can yet poke a shovel into the ground, there's still time to plant bulbs. With a few short steps, a bag of bulbs can be quickly tucked away in the garden, ready for a sweet surprise in the spring.
Bulbs are a gardener's gift for the next season.
Second, chose a spot.
Third, dig one large hole of the approporiate depth. The depth measurement is usually on the ourside of the bag. For a dramatic effect, dig several holes in a row.
Fourth, drop in five to seven bulbs, arranging them in a rosette shape, with the "frilly" side down. Don't worry if bulbs are planted upside down, they always right themselves.
Option: a shot of bone meal or organic mulch. Or, grab a small handfull of leaves, tear them up and tuck 'em in around the bulbs.
Cover with soil, mark and walk away. Let nature take over.
Almost as soon as bulbs are planted, they're forgotten. Until, of course, when they make their grand appearance. To avoid planting in the exact same spot repeatedly, small flat wooden sticks like those found in the center of popsicles are helpful.
Plant spring blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils and crocus in the mid to late fall. They require six to eight weeks of ground freeze to bloom. Zone Five and a Half is perfect for most tulip and narcissus (daffodil) bulbs. One more advantage of a long cold winter.
Think about location. Where in the spring garden could the landscape use some oomph? Maybe along the pathway to the front door, or outside the kitchen window? A primo place to plant is between hosta. The hosta unfurls its leaves just as the bulb's foliage is dying back and there's no need to cut back, leaving less work at a busy time in they yard.