Winter and spring bulbs at Dawn Gardens are in bloom from January through May. About 5,000 bulbs have been planted almost every year since 2002. Even though over 50,000 have been planted there are probably more than that now because the bulbs, especially the daffodils, multiply every year.

Many people ask how that many bulbs can be planted and the next videos show how my workers, Jesse and Vicente, do it.

After planting outside north fence.

After planting outside west fence.

6 weeks later – March 5

8 weeks later – March 20

Tulips are beautiful in many different colors and varieties but these are the only ones I grow at Dawn Gardens because the gophers like tulips. So far, they haven’t found these.

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is the first bulb to bloom in the winter sometime as early as December.

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) blooms in March not the summer.

Crocus blooms in January and February. The bulbs are planted in the fall along with the Daffodils.

Iris reticulata

Dutch Iris (Iris hollandica)

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda) These bulbs reseed every year and eventually make a beautiful carpet of blue, pink and white flowers.

Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

New variety of Muscari

Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

Peruvian Scilla (Scilla peruviana)

Spring Star Flower (Ipheion uniflorum)


Checkered Lily (Fritillaria meleagris)

Camass (Camassia quamash)

African Corn Lily (Ixia maculata)

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘King Alfred’)

A double nose bulb was planted which produced 2 flowers the first year.

Video shows the cut back garden in February making way for next month’s Daffodils.

3 weeks later – March 5, 2021

March 20

March 26

Daffodils blooming on February 28:

Daffodils blooming on March 11:

Daffodils blooming on March 20:

Video of Daffodils March 27

Video taken on April 10. Most of the Daffodils are gone.


Cycamen hederifolium blooms late summer through fall.

Cyclamen coum blooms in the winter.

Gayfeather (Liatris spicata) blooms in July.

See blog post “Liatris” on Sept 7, 2018.

Drumsticks (Allium sphaerocephalum) bloom in July.

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