When it’s wet and windy outside all those little changes that are happening in the garden don’t get noticed as I rush past everything on my way to the shed or the gate. So it seems like a good idea to bring some of the garden inside and enjoy it in a more lingering kind of way.
You could cut some Sarcococca branches and put them in a vase or plant some small bulbs that have already started to shoot and have small stems.
Bulbs contain a store of nutrients and just need water and light to get going.
Gently tease the bulbs apart so the roots don’t get damaged, it’s much easier to do if the pots have been sitting in water for a little while.
- Find suitable containers for the bulbs, flower-pots, a bowl or pretty mugs, and fill halfway with shingle.
- Settle the bulbs in close together and firm them in place with more shingle.
- Add just enough water to reach the base of the bulb, any deeper and the bulbs may rot.
- Tip in more shingle to cover the bulbs but leave the green stem clear.
- Lay moss over the shingle, tucking it around the bulbs.
- Place the pot in good light, but not too near a heat source like a radiator.
- Give them a general liquid fertiliser when they’ve finished flowering, wait till the leaves turn yellow and plant them in the garden.
I planted a couple of pots for my little grandsons.
There’s another post here about bringing the garden inside.
all photos: Jill Anderson