Saturday, March 23

Switch on the bulbs

I made the most of a brief spell of dry bright weather on Tuesday morning to do a bit of work on the front garden bed.

At this time of year I want spring bulbs to be the focus of this bed and, as I mentioned in a previous post, last year I bought some extra bulbs to add to this bed but had planted them in pots to put in gaps when the existing bulbs had made their presence known.
Most of the bulbs have come through now so I could find gaps in which to plant my 'new' bulbs. I had three types of bulb to plant, two types of narcissus -  Dickcissel and Minnow and some mixed Dutch irises.

I can't show you photos of the new bulbs yet as they are not yet flowering but below are bulbs that are flowering at the moment.




The soil was still very claggy and wet but I did manage to loosen it a little and the perennials that I cut back earlier are beginning to produce new growth.
To quote the postman who commented as he delivered our post - things just need a little sunshine to bring them on!

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

14 comments:

  1. Hope you haven't had the snow the rest of us have had,otherwise those poor bulbs will be wilting

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    1. We were away last week but I think everywhere had snow Flower lady. There are still remnants of it but the bulbs have weathered it and are still for the most part upright

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  2. Oh how I wish for a flower. We just got 8 inches of snow last night. Thanks for giving me a little hope.

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    1. You have to have hope don't you Bonnie

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  3. Looking good! My daffs still aren't out and this snow will surely have put them right off!

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    1. We only have some varieties making the effort Anna plenty more are sort of saying 'No chance' Maybe we will have daffodils and roses together later!

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  4. Great reminder - I really need to go bulb shopping they are always really rewarding to grow aren't they? My plan is to plant heaps on the nature strip which is currently a very boring stretch with some tatty looking myoporum and not much else.

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    1. I had to look up myoporunm Liz as I had no idea what it was :) Bulbs are good garden value though.

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  5. They look great, all of my crocus are hidden by snow at the moment.

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    1. The crocuses certainly haven't performed to their best this year, Jo. Ones naturalised on verges and traffic islands haven't provided their usual lovely display.

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  6. A beautiful display, Sue. My Cream Beauty Crocus corms were all eaten by mice last year, whilst being stored in the garage. They must be extra tasty, because the mice didn't touch the Purple Giant or Gypsy Girl ones which were right beside them!
    I have some Jetfire too. They are perfect for my garden - really colourful, but small enough not to be dominant (and less vulnerable to the elements).

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    1. I prefer small daffs in the garden Mark. I planted some lily bulbs in pots in the greenhouse and I think the mice have had them.

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  7. Beautiful bulb flowers! It will look so gorgeous once they all start flowering!

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    1. If they all manage to flower Malar as the weather is working against us!

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