I rather like this stage of winter. The trees are still bare, the light is steely-grey, but a close look reveals green shoots nosing their way through the earth.
Change is on the way, but for now, I’m enjoying it for what it is & making the most of early flowering bulbs.
I wrapped up warm & spent a happy time in the garden earlier this week, potting up bulbs for a little display by the front door.
The planted pots will go on the shelf in the small, open porch by the front door. A cheery sight each time we go in & out.
This is all you’ll need:
- multi-purpose compost
- a can of water
- various containers of choice, mine are mostly old terracotta pots
- pots of spring bulbs, crocus, hyacinth, muscari, that kind of thing
- moss to cover the compost, buy from a florist or large market
There are plenty of bulbs available from market stalls or garden centres, or you could dig snowdrops up from your garden & plant them.
Think about the colours before you buy. Do you want a single colour theme for all your bulbs?… say blue muscari & hyacinths, or maybe you’d like a variety for a more colourful look.
Various containers, baskets, zinc pots, terracotta pots, whatever suits your style & you have to hand. Whatever you choose, it needs to be a little bigger than the one you bought them in, to allow enough space for them to grow & have extra soil to soak up the water.
Water the pots of bulbs & stand them in a saucer to catch the water & give them time to soak it all up.
Put a little compost in the bottom of the container, gently edge the bulbs out of the pots they came in. Place them in your pot & fill with compost, gently firming with your fingertips as you go.
The plant should be at the same level in the new pot as it was in it’s original container. It helps if the soil is half an inch below the rim of the pot when watering, you’ll avoid that annoying thing of the water cascading everywhere as you water.
All the energy they need to grow & flower is stored in the bulb. When they’ve done their thing & finished flowering they need to build up energy for next year. Plant them in the garden, water them:
- the leaves need to be left in place to photosynthesise & feed the bulb, they’ll gradually turn brown & wither away
- a little general, organic fertiliser will help the process.
They’ll be ready to perform again next year.
all photos: Jill Anderson