Tulips, hyacinths, crocuses — all these are hardy bulbs, and need exposure to the cold to stimulate blooming in the spring.
While they’re a favorite snack of some creatures, the color they provide in spring is extraordinary, and well worth the effort!
It’s also time to dig up tender bulbs like dahlias and lilies. While they’ll overwinter in zones 9 and 10, they don’t stand a chance in Minnesota’s zone 4.
We’re also seeing lots of beautiful fall grasses pop to the fore of the garden as plants change color and recede in preparation for winter. It’s a beautiful change!