In the Midwest, May is the month when our bearded iris bloom, and they are often combined in beds with the multi-petaled peony, another May-flowering perennial.
Ninety percent of the bulbs in home flower gardens belong to just 6 genera: Narcissus, Tulipa, Hyacinthus, Iris, Lilium and Gladiola.
In late February in my Midwestern garden, I delight in the green, sprouting foliage of little bulbs. It is evidence that the tiniest flowers are the bravest.
Grab a spade, and remind yourself that most gardeners learn their best lesson through trial and error.
I can satisfy my addiction to flowers even while I mail the bills.
Many flowering plants were first cultivated because they were useful rather than decorative.