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Spring Bulbs – LandGirl

IMG_2137One of the lovely jobs to do in the autumn is planting bulbs for the following Spring.

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always think I’ll remember where I put them but I never do so it’s a pleasant surprise when the crocus, daffodils and tulips pop up months later.

This year I’ve planted more white crocus, ‘Snowbunting’, which looked so lovely last year.  I’m too impatient to wait for them to naturalise and spread through the border.  I’ve put them on the edge of the wedding flowerbed and they’ll be one of the first plants to flower in the early Spring.

I also have a soft spot for the little Iris reticulata which also flower very early.  I’ve planted a variety called ‘Harmony’ in pots with plenty of grit and stones for drainage at the bottom.  They’re all planted up and tucked away near the cold frames where they won’t get too wet over winter.  When they start to show signs of life I’ll move them on to the patio for us to admire from the house!

It’s still a bit too early for tulips – I’ll hold fire on those until November.  Last year I put them in pots and they didn’t do at all well – two of the varieties didn’t flower at all so I bunged them in front garden.  It will be interesting to see if they do anything next year.

I haven’t planted any daffodil bulbs this year because we now have quite a forest of dwarf daffodils called ‘Tête á Tête’.  When we moved in they were planted in fairy rings around every tree which I thought looked a little “twee” so I spent an afternoon digging them up and replanting them under the hazels.

Bulbs are such good value, quietly biding their time, ready to shine when you need them most.

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