We moved into our house at the end of May last year, so I didn't know what would come up this Spring. Not a whole lot. Fortunately, I received a big bag of daffodil bulbs and a fantastic bulb planter for my birthday last fall. We added a bunch of tulips, planted them in late October, and they all bloomed beautifully this week.
If you are planning to plant any bulbs or small plants, I highly recommend something like this. It is so easy to dig all the holes, make them uniform size and space them evenly.