I live in Zone 3A and have a mixed rose border with lots of bulbs in it. I
applied a heavy mulch of leaves over my bulbs a good while after freeze-up.
This is the third year I do this mulching.
Mulching is always good, especially in Zone 3 a..........(where on earth do
you garden, Joe??....brrrrrrrr)
Now I looked under and lots of Muscari are poking up. Oh dear. There must
have been more heat still trapped in there than I thought.
Not a problem. Muscari send up their grassy foliage first, and THEN the
little conical "helmets" of flowers..........
What's odd is I thought this growth could not happen without a good hard
cold dormancy period. My tulips, narcissi and everything else are not coming
Those bulbs are way smarter than the muscari. And the muscari are tough,
they'll be fine. The others will wait until true springtime to show their
I certainly can't save the muscari from the rest of winter. So I just put
the leaves back.
You did fine. They'll bloom in late January or February (or the normal month
when yours bloom) and unless you have no snow cover, they'll survive just
fine. With a zone as cold as yours, snow cover is the best friend your
bulbs have got!
madgardener, up on the ridge, back in Fairy Holler, overlooking English
Mountain in Eastern Tennessee, zone 7, Sunset zone 36