Sunday, January 29

... and breathe

I'd noticed that bulbs were starting to pop through in the flower bed at the front of the house, so I have been meaning to cut back the perennials to allow the shoots access to more light and to improve the air circulation around them.

It was dry and bright today so, in order to give the bulbs the best chance of performing, I decided to try and get the job done .
The bed isn't very large but I still managed to remove three large compost bags full of plant debris. This will be added to the compost bins on the plot.
There's still some tidying up to do but at least now we can see the various bulbs shooting.
Over the years I have planted all sorts of bulbs here so it is always interesting to see which have survived.

18 comments:

  1. How strange! that is exactly what I did this morning: remove debris and expose the bulbs. They are about the same height as yours and one has a bud. The weather today is quite lovely, warm and sunny with very high pressure, chamber of commerce weather, the forecaster calls it.

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    1. The difference being, Jane was that I was wearing two jumpers and a fleece.

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  2. We've had very high winds, and fortunately, all the magnolia leaves usually all over the place, have been blown into one very small corner! Easy-peasy!

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    1. The main job was really to cut back all the perennials VM. The leaves that accumulate there come from most of the rest of the street.

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  3. Your bulbs will be able to breathe now. It is lovely seeing them emerging, such an exciting time.xxx

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    1. It certainly is, Dina soon we will be able to look out onto a few snowdrops.

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  4. What a difference Sue which I'm sure those bulbs will appreciate. The same job is on the cards for me when I've managed to shake off a rather inconsiderate cold.

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    1. I hope that you are feeling much better soon, Anna.

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  5. Drat! I still have 3 feet of snow. No bulbs here. It was inspiring to see yours.

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    1. hopefully things will be happening secretly under all that snow, Bonnie

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  6. Well done, it all looks great. It's a lovely feeling to have areas cleared of the mess from las tyear and ready for the growth of a new season :)

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    1. I just hope now that the bulbs don't exchange plant cover for a covering of snow, Jayne

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  7. I've been doing that too, exposing the bulbs and clearing away debris. I'm almost ready to post my next blog about that :)

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    1. We still have some beds to deal with,Margaret.

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  8. I use to leave my cutting back untill feb/march as per Piet Oudolf. The old growth use to end up flat and soggy and if not carefull I ended up planting my size nines on those bulbs peeping through. I try to do it by November now except for the grasses.

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    1. I usually just wait until I spot the first bulb shoots, Brian but then again I have smaller feet
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  9. I was outside in the garden today and saw bulbs starting to come up. They normally don't appear until late February/March, but it has been quite mild up until now. Your photos are a welcoming sight!

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    1. Our bulbs are behind last year's, Lee. I have just looked at photos taken a year ago and we had the first flowers on our Tete a Tete daffodils.

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