Bulb Planting

This has to be one of my favourite garden jobs. For me, it signifies the last big job in the garden before I have a rest and do lots of knitting over the winter. I look forward to a rest. I’m sure lots of other gardeners don’t feel this way, but I love making things so I see the winter as a great time to work on my other passion.

Having said that, I start getting very itchy feet by February and will be desperate to get back outside each day!

This year, I have planted the following spring bulbs in one bed:

  • Tulip ‘Stunning Apricot’
  • Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’
  • Tulip ‘Dragon King’
  • Narcissus ‘Minnow’
  • Tulip ‘Crispion’
  • Anemone ‘Mistral Tigre’
  • Tulip ‘Murillo Mixed’
  • Allium Giganteum
  • Tulip ‘Apricot Beauty’
  • Tulip ‘Double ate Angelique’
  • Narcissus ‘Pueblo’
  • Ranunculus Pink
  • Anemone ‘St Brigid’
  • Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

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I can’t wait to see how they come through… if they do. I have trialled something which is against advice so I may find myself with no flowers at all come spring! I had some spare turf and took the quick decision to turf over the border I had created for the bulbs in the hopes that they will naturalise in the grass. I have grown lots of bulbs in borders over the years and proceeded to ruin them by accidentally putting my garden fork though them when weeding or replanting.

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Last year, I naturalised some daffodils alongside my purple bench and it worked so well. I left the grass uncut while they died back then mowed it once the foliage was spent. The problem is that I know that lots of the bulbs I have planted here are not typical for growing this way, particularly the tulips. It could be a costly error. But if it works I will be over the moon. Only time will tell!

This year, I have also planted onions and garlic for the first time. (I have grown some onions before but from spring onwards). I have planted:

  • Onion ‘Electric’
  • Onion ‘Radar’
  • Onion ‘Snowball’
  • Garlic ‘Solent White’

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Back in September, I also planted some winter brassicas. They are doing really well despite the few slug holes. I will keep you updated with the progress.

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Another first, I have sown some green manure in one of my beds as a trial.

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Gardening is trial and error though, isn’t it? That’s part of the joy. Have a go, see what happens, amend.

Right, I’m off to do some knitting!

 

 

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