• Our Top 10 Bulb Planting Tips

    autumn leavesNow Autumn has put in her first appearance and the summer gardens are coming to an end the time is now for planting spring flowering bulbs. To help you in your gardening efforts we’ve put our heads together and come up with our TOP 10 BULB PLANTING HINTS AND TIPS. Do let us know if you have any you’d like to share for the next edition of the newsletter!

    1) Prepare your soil by adding garden compost and, in heavy soils, horticultural grit and sand. For containers use a mix of John Innes No.2 with a little added grit.

    2) Squirrels, rabbits etc just love tulip, crocus and iris bulbs (amongst others). Aside from choosing Animal Resistant bulbs (use our special filter on the website) try planting your bulbs in an open weave net bag, such as an onion bag making sure the holes are big enough for the shoots to come through. Plant the whole bag in the ground and deprive the furry critters of their bulb feast.

    3) For a good rule of thumb, plant your bulbs three to four times as deep as they are high. Tulips and daffodils should be planted at least 15cm deep.

    Crocus Aitchisonii Naturalising bulbs such as crocuses look great in a lawn

    4) Running out of space in your garden? Try planting a mix of early flowering, naturalising bulbs such as snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils in your grass. Plant them using a bulb planter randomly across the lawn for a natural splash of spring colour.

    5) If you’re not sure where you have gaps in your spring planting try planting a selection of bulbs in pots ready to transplant into the spaces once the shoots start to show.

    6) Not all bulbs need dry conditions to flourish. In damp areas try Camassias or Fritillaria Meleagris.

     

    7) Not all bulbs need sun! Erythronium, Wood Anemone and Scilla Bifolia or Siberica all do well in the shade.

    8) Try using layer planting in containers for weeks of flowers or plant en masse in your borders for dramatic effect. Give us a call if you’d like more help with choosing suitable varieties.

    9) Water your bulbs as soon as you have planted them. This encourages root growth.

    10) If left in the ground, tulips degenerate year on year. To preserve your favourites, remove the seed head after flowering and let the foliage die back before lifting the bulbs. Store in net bags in a cool, dry place until you plant them out in the following autumn.

  • Planting Crocus

    Crocus_chrysanthus_GoldilocksCrocus bulbs are one of the most popular choices of bulb. Crocus bulbs grow into beautiful, cup-shaped flowers that can be yellow, purple, lavender and white. Crocus bulbs can be planted both indoors or outdoors and come into bloom during spring. Crocus bulbs grow best when they have full exposure to the sun and can grow in soil of poor to average condition.

    The best time to plant crocus bulbs is during autumn, when the weather is cool but not cold. Crocus bulbs should be planted in shallow holes and covered by half an inch of soil. It is best to plant crocus bulbs in areas which are less likely to be dug up by animals, thinking they are food. Squirrels, mice and rabbits are common offenders. A protected, sunny flowerbed is the ideal place to plant crocus bulbs. Try planting near Colchicums rabbits will leave the Crocus bulbs alone, there is a toxin in Colchicum that they hate.

    If you don’t have a garden or just want to brighten up your home, plant your crocus bulbs in small pots which have a layer of gravel or small stones on the bottom. Place sterile potting soil an inch and a half below the rim. Crocus bulbs should be potted with an inch in between each bulb and the bulbs should be pointed end up. Water the crocus bulbs and then leave them to drain. Put the crocus bulbs in a cold, dark place for six weeks, then once they are being to grow, move them to a sunny area of the house and keep them at room temperature. It’s as easy as that!

    So, what are you waiting for? Go out and get yourself some crocus bulbs to add a splash of colour to your house or garden

  • Crocus Species & Dutch Crocus

    MixedIn our new catalogue you will find over 20 varieties of Dutch Crocus and Crocus Species, these varieties will flower from February through to March.

    Crocus species are the smaller spring flowering crocus varieties with their open flowers these spring flowering crocus will appear as early as February. Crocus Tommasinianus is excellent for naturalising and will happily seed itself and reward you for many years, the delicate Snowbunting with its glistening white flower will brighten a dull corner in the garden, crocus species start at 9p per bulb.

    Dutch crocus have the larger goblet shaped flowers and tend to come in straight colours from purple, white, yellow, striped to lilac blue, they usually flower a little after the species crocus, late February early march, they are ideal for planting in grass, and at 12p a bulb a real spring delight.

    Yalta is a lovely Crocus new in the catalogue this year it resembles Tommasinianus with it's silver violet flowers and alternate purple petals but is much large in flower.

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