Tag Archives: bulbs

Plant now for spring and summer scent

By | October 18, 2017

Let’s think ahead to spring and summer scent, jumping quickly over those lovely sweet-scented winter plants like witch hazel, sarcocca and Algerian iris. Spring and summer is not that far away in gardening terms, and a bit of thinking ahead is in order. Location, location, location? I often read that warm, sheltered places are best… Read More »

Plant paperwhite narcissi bulbs now to be in flower for Christmas

By | October 8, 2017

With their clear white, paper-thin bunches of flowers and good scent, paperwhite narcissi are a classic Christmas flower for the house. They are easy to force (bring into flower early) and mid-October is the ideal time to plant them to be sure of Christmas and New Year flowers. From planting to flowering takes just six… Read More »

Plant winter bedding and biennial plants and spring bulbs now!

By | September 29, 2017

Winter bedding plants have been on sale in my local garden centre for a while, but I hate to rush into winter. But summer is definitely over where I live, so this weekend I am working on a plan to cheer us up through winter and into spring. It might not look quite like this… Read More »

Your window box will lift the spirits in late winter!

By | January 11, 2017

Looking ahead, many people will have planted up their winter window box in autumn. They will have predicted, correctly, that spirits needs a little uplifting when you look outside on a dreary, dank day, or if the winds are biting, or even if the skies are brilliantly blue. Some of us just didn’t get to… Read More »

Help! What do I do with this lovely bowl of Christmas bulbs?

By | December 16, 2016

Whether you planted them or bought them, bowls of Christmas bulbs are lovely to have around. Their fragrance scents the air. Their colour brightens the atmosphere. They confirm that spring will come again and that it is really only just around the corner, however atrocious the weather and gloomy the light. Bowls of Christmas bulbs… Read More »

Order spring bulbs now! (I know it feels a bit early)

By | July 31, 2016

Spring bulbs on my mind It seems a long way in the future but this is the time to order spring bulbs for planting in the autumn. I’d like my new bulbs to do two things: provide early nectar for insects after their long hibernation answer the question of what on earth I’m going to… Read More »

Autumn flowering bulbs gleam from September to November

By | July 17, 2016

I don’t want to jinx the weather if it’s gloriously sunny and your plans include relaxing in the garden or being out and about. Autumn will seem far, far away. But if it’s a little cool and that fleece jacket seems rather tempting, it won’t be difficult to imagine autumn. Whatever the weather, now is… Read More »

Gardening tips: buy bargain plants and make your bulbs last

By | June 22, 2016

Bargain plants and making bulbs last from one year to the next can reduce the cost of gardening. Top tip: bargain plants Garden fetes, plant tables at school fairs and pop up plant stalls outside people’s homes offer a great opportunity to buy locally grown, tried and tested plants. Bargain plants! These may be rooted… Read More »