Get your little ones outside this weekend and plant up some fabulous spring bulbs.
What to plant?
There are so many bulbs you can plant at this time of year, we’ve summarised some of the most popular (and easy) ones below. While you are at it why not plant up some Christmas flowering bulbs for the festive season as well.
If you get these in asap you can be sure of a lovely spring display in the garden. We suggest popping some into pots that you can move as they flower. The RHS suggest the following mixes of compost “For bulbs that are only going to spend one season in their container, use a mix of three parts multi-purpose compost with one part grit. For long-term container displays, use three parts John Innes No 2 compost mixed with one part grit”.
If you choose to put any bulb in the ground the suggested planting depth is 2-3 times their height, so for a 3cm bulb you should aim to plant it 6-9cm deep.
Tete a Tete
A smaller version of the trusted daffodil these look so pretty planted in borders or clustered around a tree.
Tulips are a perfect flower to fill the garden with colour and even better f you plant enough to cut and bring inside to brighten up your home. The ideal time to pant tulips is Oct-Nov so this weekend is a perfect time to get some in.
You know the winter is almost over when little crocus flowers pop their heads up above the grass. Planting depends on what part of the UK you live, September and October in the North, and October and November in the South. You can plant these little bulbs almost anywhere except in really shaded areas.
Ok so officially alium bulbs flower a little later in the year (Jun/Jul) but now is the time to plant if you fancy something a little different to the standard spring bulbs above why not pop some into a pot/border or two this weekend. Their beautiful globe shaped blooms are stunning and guaranteed to bring a small to your face.
Bulbs to plant for Christmas
We couldn’t write this blog without adding a bulb to plant now for Christmas blooms which should last into the New Year.
Amarylis – these give a dramatic stem with large beautiful blooms at the very top. The easiest way is to choose a box set from a garden centre which provides the pot, soil and bulb. Alternatively plant in some beautifully rustic terracotta pots.