Posted by admin on September 4, 2013
It’s time to get your hands dirty and start planting some bulbs for Spring next year. We tend to assume everyone loves gardening & instinctively knows what, where & when to plant. Like most things in life there are things you do because you have to do them & there are things you do because you like doing them. Gardening falls somewhere in the middle for many people, but when you’re showing children the wonders of creation you have to bite the bullet and increase your knowledge of gardening whether you want to or not. And who knows, you may get to enjoy it!
First things first, what sort of bulbs should you plant? Let’s keep it simple and plant some snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils & tulips. Each of these rears their head in different months so you should have a nice spread of colour throughout Spring. Snowdrops are first and appear in January. They are low growing plants and the bulbs are quite small and fiddly to handle. Plant them before the end of November in holes 75-100mm (3-4ins) deep
Crocuses coming in many different colours and even have websites dedicated to them. They flower throughout the year so the type of crocus you buy determines when it will flower. In common with snowdrops these are low growing plants and are mostly seen in Ireland in February. Plant them in small clusters in holes of 75-100mm deep.
Daffodil bulbs are bigger than either snowdrop or crocus bulbs. Most varieties should be planted before the end of November in holes 15 cm deep. Plant the bulbs in small groups and mix different varieties which flower at the same time to add interest. Depending on the depth you plant them and the weather; daffodils can come into flower from February to late April. They are a statuesque flower with beautiful nodding heads and can be not only colourful but fragrant.
Tulips are taller than daffodils and provide a stunning sea of bright colours which seem to signal better weather. The selection of colours, shapes and leaf pattern is mind blowing. A couple of years ago we planted tulips which were deep purple when they flowered. The next year when they appeared again they were red and yellow with the odd small purple one here and there! Different varieties flower at different times with some flowering in April and others in June. Most tulips are planted to a depth of 15cm and will grow to between10 – 70cm in height!
The attached link will show you how to plant bulbs using the ‘lasagne method’ which involves planting layers of bulbs which flower at different times in a container. This type of planting is perfect if you’re stuck for space or if the weather isn’t co-operating as you can complete the project indoors. While researching this article I came across a very useful site with wonderful pictures and detailed information about wildflowers which grow in Ireland. Planning ahead, as we tend to do, you could make matching cards of native Irish wildflowers & help the children spot them in the garden.
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