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