Was it a resounding success?
Last year we decided that we were going to plant out lots and lots of spring flowering bulbs as our garden and patio lack a bit of joyous colour during late winter and early spring.
We didn’t hold back; we purchased over 400 bulbs. I must admit that once I opened the box to reveal my selection of bulbs from J. Parker’s, I was beginning to regret my decision to buy so many.
Our aim was to brighten up the garden and our courtyard patio from January right through to late May; it’s amazing how much pleasure it brings when you see the first signs of green shoots breaking through the soil.
Discovering the lasagne method of plantingThis was a big thumbs up
I bought our bulbs from the reputable J. Parker’s website. They were all excellent quality and healthy-looking when they arrived, which I was so pleased to see.
Prior to planting out our patio pots, I had seen an article about planting bulbs using the lasagne method. I read about this in a Gardeners World magazine.
The theory behind the lasagne method is that you layer your bulbs through the pot to get a succession of blooms from one container. I have since found out that Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands use a similar method to this to sustain colour throughout their spring display. Although I can imagine it would have been quite painstaking as they have over 7 million bulbs to plant
Therefore, after adding compost in the bottom of your container, place your late flowering bulbs, such as tulips, in first, then add further compost and add in your narcissus for mid-spring colour; then, for the third and final layer, add in your dwarf iris or snowdrops, which are early flowering bulbs.
Now, I must say that this method of planting worked a treat, and my pots are still in bloom in mid-May.
Which spring bulbs did we choose?Did they all show their heads?
Just as the last of my bulbs are in bloom, I wanted to update you on how they progressed through the season.
So, I planted all our bulbs last October, which I had hoped was allowing plenty of time for them to become established in their new home and I think that worked out well.
Next up were the dwarf iris and the Rare Dwarf Iris Collection that I purchased were absolutely stunning. They were so delicate, and the tiny flowerheads were incredibly beautiful.
All the dwarf irises were a success; the only sad thing is they don’t last long. All the effort these little plants expel, and in just a few days, they begin to wilt; however, they are gorgeous while they last.
Our Crocus Species Collection was next, and these were also winners. I planted 100 crocuses, and they certainly added a bright wash of yellow and purple blossom in February and March.
For the months of March and April, the patio was really coming alive with our Rare Double Narcissus Collection and our Hyacinth Passion Mix.
The daffodil collection lasted so well and stood so proudly through the garden and in our patio pots I can highly recommend them.
Our following collection was Daffodil & Narcissus Mix; these were supplied free of charge from J. Parker’s, as I spent over £40. But how can you resist more daffodils? They always look so elegant, bobbing in the breeze through March and April.
My next selection of bulbs is the Relaxing Colour Tulip Collection. These were stunning; the enchanting blooms are still hanging in there, and we’re now approaching mid-May. I do love tulips; they are produced in some magnificent colours to accommodate all colour palettes.
Last but by no means least are our Allium Sphaerocephalon, also known as ornamental onions. These alliums are just starting to show signs of blooming now and should last through June.
The attractive pink and purple heads are coming out and are standing so elegantly in our garden beds. I can’t wait for them to add a ray of colour to the garden.
So, to sum up, my spring flowering bulb success rate, I would say it was a resounding winner, the only bulbs that didn’t flower were our snowdrops, but hey, there is always next year.
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