Maybe this seems like a bit different New Year's Resolution but gardeners should plant more bulbs. Over the years I have watched the supply dry up at garden centers because we do not buy them. It makes sense if something does not sell the garden centers are not going to make them available.
There are so many great bulbs but they don't sell because most are not in bloom when purchased. Maybe we are afraid they are not going to grow for us or could it just be we are a bit impatient and don't want to wait for the results.
Florida has some great bulbs but they are not going to be the tulips, crocus or daffodils of the north. They are going to be the tropical bulbs. I feature one, the Amazon lily in my previous post but there are many more.
One of the most durable is the crinum. They grow almost anywhere and come in white, red, pink and blends for the landscape. Here are some more bulbs you just have to try including the caladiums, amaryllis, rain lilies, agapanthus, clivia (pictured), cannas and gingers. Not all are true bulbs but they are good performers.
So next time you are at the garden center or paging through catalogs take a look at the bulbs and don't be afraid to take a chance. Buy them in the bulb stage and plant them. You are almost always guaranteed big rewards.