Last spring was a scary time. Though I was lucky to be safely hunkered down in my own house, I still felt untethered and disoriented. March is already my least favorite month of the year. March 2020 seemed like it would never end.
In my northern Vermont garden, spring-blooming bulbs have always had a big role, but last spring they were a lifesaver. As I roamed around the yard each day, with nowhere else to go, I had plenty of time to inspect and admire each new arrival.
Knowing the snowdrops would be followed by crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, muscari and tulips was deeply comforting. By the time the alliums started blooming, I was feeling more settled and even a little hopeful there would be brighter days ahead.
Hope Blooms Each Spring
Like every other public garden around the world, Holland’s Keukenhof display garden closed its gates to the public last spring. But a handful of people with connections to the bulb industry were able to get inside to take pictures.
It must have been an eerie experience wandering through 70 acres of flowers that were blooming their hearts out as if it were a perfectly normal spring. The images shown here are what those silent, yet spectacular gardens looked like during April and May 2020.
Though the world is still topsy-turvy, Keukenhof’s planting crews will be back in action next month. As usual, they will be planting another 7 million tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs. I will be planting bulbs in my garden, too. Tucking flower bulbs into the soil on a chilly fall day is a familiar ritual and this year it feels more important than ever.
If you have yet to order your spring bulbs, now is the time! We start shipping bulbs at the end of September and usually have them available until November. See our complete selection HERE.