After spending last week in France, and getting back into the flow of being back home, I realised that bulb planting is behind schedule.
November is a good time to plant tulip bulbs, but all the other spring flowering bulbs should’ve been potted up by now, so I’ve rescued them from the shed and made a start.
I’ve got a selection of terracotta plant-pots and I’m using thin ply-wood fruit boxes recycled from my greengrocer. The bases will probably be beginning to rot away by spring, so they’ll end up in my compost-bin.
There are thin gaps in the bottom for drainage, I’ve filled them with multi-purpose compost and a little loam-based soil [John Innes] which adds a bit of substance and stops it drying out too quickly.
I covered the soil with a layer of moss to make it all look nice, and I’ve got some violas to plant over some of the bulbs.
If like me you’re doing some last minute bulb planting, just take care that the little tip of the bulb that’s started growing doesn’t get damaged.
Water them well and keep them damp, but not too wet and wait for the spring.
There’s a bit about the visit to France here.
Have a good weekend, Jill
P.S. buy moss from a florist don’t gather from the wild.
all photos: Jill Anderson.