beautiful bulbs


It is that time of year again. It is time to start planting bulbs. [more information on how to bulb plant here].

It is a case of decide what you want – next year – and back track to now. The only problem with planting bulbs, for you as the client, is that the results are not immediate to be seen, one must wait for Mother Nature to take her course.

I really like when spring bulbs they are planted under the lawn. Sounds a bit odd? Not really. When most things are dormant and the grass isn’t growing, there’s very little competition for growth [ieg. daffodils]. This means when they are due to be cut back [the grass should be around head height of the bulb], depending on the variety, the grass is mowed at the same time.

If you have a small garden, one can literally underplant the entire lawn. It looks absolutely amazing. If you have a balcony – simply plant them in containers and [just about-ish] forget about them.

My EASY list for what will be in flower during December – February and what you really need to consider planting NOW include the crocus,cyclamen, anemone, iris, narcissus [daffodil], tulipa [tulip]. Of course there are a lot more that can be planted but these would be considered more ‘the usual suspects’ I suppose.

7 replies
  1. Julian
    Julian says:

    I forget where I got them from first (I’ve grown Ballerina for a couple of years now), but I think it was ‘bulb of the year’ or something at one stage, so probably my local garden centre. At the time I just doubted that a tulip could smell of anything much. Before that we had planted lots of “Maytime”, which is a bright purple-pink lily-flowered. They’d be pretty loud together, and you could do the same colours with cactus dahlias for autumn.

    It would be good to see some of the specialist nurseries at the farmers’ markets, but I can think of a few reasons why they generally prefer to let people come to them.

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:


    fair point re the farmers and specialist nurseries…. good informative comment for those looking to buy some ‘good old reliables’….

    @stacey kavanagh
    you’ve a lovely site! right now is pretty much as the easy list is crocus,cyclamen, anemone, iris, narcissus [daffodil], tulipa [tulip] – of course there are tons more…. but i like the oldies personally.

    That said wait a little and you can get these guys in there too

    slan go foill

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