Here's a way to make spring come a bit early to your yard and garden. Just follow this advice when choosing sites to plant spring-blooming bulbs.
Identify warm microclimates in your yard and garden and plant bulb species that bloom in late winter or earliest spring there. These bulbs include winter aconite, snowdrops (shown) and crocus, to name a few.
A microclimate is an area that is generally warmer or colder, wetter or drier, than the landscape at large. Microclimates are created by exposure (which direction the land faces), surrounding plants and their effect on light levels, topography, proximity to heated buildings or reflective surfaces and other factors. In a warm microclimate, the soil will heat up earlier as winter wanes, thereby waking the bulbs sooner.
One example of a warm microclimate in which to plant bulbs: at the base of a porch or stone wall that faces south.
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