This is pretty much what a tulip or spring bulb looks like.

Always plant bulbs pointy side up.

A tulip field in Holland.

This is the time of year that you will see spring bulbs for sale at a garden center or other places where they sell garden items. The bulbs come in bags or sometimes as single bulbs. You spend a lot of time looking at the pictures of the flowers that grow from the bulbs.

Let’s say you buy tulip bulbs. You take them home and store them, for now in a cool dry place.

Wait until at least after Halloween to plant your bulbs. It has to be cool when you plant them. If it is warm, the plant starts to grow and then can freeze when it gets cold.

When it gets cool, you dig a hole in the ground. You will need help with this. The hole has to be deeper than planting a plant like a strawberry plant. There are bulb digging tools you can buy. When I first saw one, I thought it was a large cookie cutter.

After you dig the hole, look at the bulb. You will see little strings at the bottom. These are the roots. This is the part of the bulb that you place facing down in the hole. After you put the bulb in the hole, cover it up with dirt and pat it down.

It is a good idea to put a sign that won’t fall apart in front of the planted bulbs. You want to write what type and color of bulb you planted.

Spring bulbs are sold in the autumn because they need about six weeks of cold weather to grow in the spring.

The second picture is of a field of tulips. Tulips are glorious.