Someone asked me today about how late you can plant bulbs in the ground, and still get flowers in the spring. A little depends on the condition of the bulb itself, is it firm and without mould? I have successfully planted Tulips up to Mid December, and Daffodil and Narcisi bulbs even as late as January, but the best tip I can get is to get them in the ground as early as possible, with some bone meal, and a reasonable well dug hole. This will enable the bulb to start its growth sub-teranneanly into good soil, full of nutrients, which will mean it is more likely to flower in future years. In the first year the Nurseries have given the bulb all it needs to flower well year one, it is the following years that a poorly planted bulb will struggle. J
Archive for November, 2011
Thought I would share some trade secrets on Winter hanging baskets with you today. Most people make up or buy Summer Hanging Baskets in May and take them down in October when they are spent. But this is only 6 month of the year. When you need extra colour is in the darker, older months when you need cheering up! Some people buy the baskets filed with Pansies with one or two flowers clinging on and have to wait until the end of March when they really start growing and fulfull their potential. Those in the know plant a strong mixture of mini shrubs with winter flowers, berries or folliage that zings (usually smaller specimens of the well known winter interest shrubs) mixed in with Ivy, forget-me-nots, mini conifers, hellebores and early mini bulbs that come through in Jan-March. try Shrubs such as Viburnum Tinus, Skimmia Rubella, Heathers and herbaceous such as Helleborus Niger, Euphorbia Martinii and folliage shrubs such as Euonymous Fortunei Emerald Gaiety. Now you addd the Pansies and Violas to give extra colour…then stand back. The interest looks good immediately and yet in mid spring the basket will come to life andd you will end up wanting to keep it up until the end of May. Indeed this year I was in a quandry as to whether I should take them down at all! All those shrubs can then be planting in containers or directly into the borders to grow on..
I have to say, Lyn Field’s chickens are thoroughly spoilt! After building the chicken enclosure she has brought in 9 ladies…soon to be joined by another 3 (Speckledies) and they live quite the life of luxury in Russell Road, Moseley. I will take some pictures this week so have a look at the photographs on Russell road past project to have a look. But what pleasure they bring to her life! Everyone should have some!
Here’s looking a you kid!
As quickly as it arrived, the summer and all the colour it provides has virtually disappeared leaving our borders bereft of virtually any colour except for fallen leaves, fungi and blue tits foraging for seeds and other autumn treats. Faced with the dreaded question, what can you recommend for my garden that will cheer me up with winter fast approaching? And despearatly trying to avoid the stock answer of evergreen shrubs, grasses and Pa…no I can’t say it. Ok Pansies. (more…)