The Most Unexpected Time to Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs


Each spring at Moss Mountain Farm in Roland, Arkansas, the stars come out twice—once at night, like everywhere else, and again in the daytime, when innumerable daffodils illuminate hills and meadows from horizon to horizon.

As with most good things, beautiful blooms come to those who wait. Who better to understand the art of cultivating patience than expert bulb growers Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia? Brent’s grandfather started growing daffodils in this area back in 1900. Now, the couple’s retail nursery specializes in daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and other spring-flowering plants. Here, Becky shares her tips for planting bulbs in autumn so they’ll put on a spring show.

Michell Darrisaw