40 Spring bulbs is just the beginning

When it comes to flowers it’s never too late for me. I should have planted all these spring bulbs back in December but you know how it is during the festive season. In the end of November I thought there is plenty of time, then in the beginning of December, I promised myself that I’ll plant them on my next day off. But then I decided that is better to buy Christmas presents first, just to get the pressure off my shoulders and then do it when my sister come to visit me so we can do it together and enjoy to the last bit. (Ok, by enjoy I mean only me…) Well, none of this happened the way I planned.

So here I am, trying to plant the flowers in wintery January. Thank God there was at least one beautiful day to let me do some gardening. Since I’ve bought a lot in October and November I’ve got plenty of spring bulbs begging me to put them in the soil. So I definitely started. And I started with the Pink mix of 40 spring bulbs. The small pink box down on the right.

Some people can’t stop themselves from buying clothes and shoes I find it hard to resist flowers! I always promise myself I will only see what’s new and probably buy a few things (I can’t just walk out empty handed!) and I always end up with a heart beating so fast I can’t even think clearly! “Buy them all!”… says the tiny voice in my head LOL!

I’m very happy that the pot I used for this relatively big compilation is made from lightweight and durable recycled plastic. I like to recycle and reuse. It’s only £11.99 from the local nursery so I actually am considering to buy more and plant the rest of the bulbs in there. I’m definitely going to need a couple more. It’s 38 cm in diameter (15 inches) and it looks very very pretty.

Also, I love the fact that these particular bulbs support pollinating insects in gardens. Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen. While doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set and fruit development.

 

 

Find out more here.

 

What you’ll need:

  • A large pot
  •  Multi-purpose compost bag 30 l
  • 30-40 Spring bulbs
  • Water

Start with checking for holes to drain the excess water on the bottom of the pot. Always check before putting the soil because you might not notice that it doesn’t have and wonder why your plant is dying after a while. It happened to me a couple of times. I don’t know why but I usually expect the pot to be ready to use but sometimes it needs checking.

  1. Read the content information and arrange the different spring bulbs according to their planting depth starting with the deepest ones.
  2. Start planting layer by layer adding compost between the bulbs to make the right depth for each variety.
  3. Water and put label showing the date you planted and the variety of flowers in the pot so you will know what to expect. Labeling the bulbs will also help you remember some of the Latin names and help you choose your favorite ones over the time.

The bulbs not only have different planting depth which allows you to combine more of them in multiple layers but also have different flowering time.

For example:

The mix contains Hyacinthus, Tulips, Chionodoxa, and Crocus. The first to flower will be the Crocus in February-March, then the Chionodoxa and Hyacinthus in March-April, next Tulips in April-May, and the latest in May-June is the Iris.

This will guarantee you beautiful and various display from February to June. After some of the bulbs are finished flowering you can remove them and free some space for the next to come. If the pot is still overcrowded you can always replant some of the bulbs in your garden or use them as cut flowers for indoor displays. But if possible try not to cut too many of the leafs as it’s good to leave them to die back on the stem. This way the bulb suck back the energy and grows bigger for the next season.