Spreading the colour for months
Earlier in the year, we decided to reinvigorate our garden as we had neglected it for a couple of years. A few persistent plants appeared to be taking over, and this was restricting the growth of others.
It was particularly noticeable that our garden lacked a variety of colours, especially in springtime. Even though we planted lots of spring flowering bulbs a few years ago, as time has gone by, they appear to have been lost to nature. Also, I should have kept on top of dividing them.
So, for next spring, things are going to brighten up, and the only way to make this happen is by investing in a variety of bulbs now and planting them ready for springtime.
Which spring bulbs do you chooseI’ve chosen some favourites
I’ve purchased our bulbs from J. Parker’s; we’ve used them before, and they have a vast selection of them and are also reliable. An added bonus is that I get a discount as a Gardeners World magazine subscriber.
I plan to plant some of the snowdrop and dwarf iris bulbs around the base of the trees on our lawn and add some colour with crocus to a semi-shady spot that we have.
I’ll add a selection of the narcissus and tulips into the main sun-loving border for a wash of colour and then fill a few of our patio pots and planters. I especially love the fragrance of hyacinth, so I’ll want these near the house to fully appreciate them.
Inspiration for the Gardeners World magIt’s all about lasagne planting
Recently I was flicking through my latest issue of Gardeners World, and I read about making a ‘lasagne bulb pot’; this sounded delicious before I’d read any further. The idea behind it is that you layer your bulbs through the pot to get a succession of flowers from one container.
So, after adding compost in the bottom, add your late flowering bulbs, such as tulips, then add further compost and place in your narcissus for mid-spring colour; then, for the third and final layer, add in your dwarf iris, which is early flowering bulbs.
I can’t wait to see how this turns out; it’s a fantastic idea.
Our spring bulb collectionI can’t wait to see them bloom
So, which spring flowering bulbs have I bought, and when will we see the fruits of our labour?
I’ll list them with the earliest flowerers first.
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