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What do you mean - Spring?


Refreshed from my holidays and pleasantly surprised to see that my garden had not descended into a scene from Jurassic Park, I felt a new sense of purpose and vigour as I pondered my next gardening task.

With it being the middle of August, I was not expecting there to be much to do in the garden, that was until I bumped into Sue, plant area manager at Baytree who mentioned to me, whilst I was eyeing up her plump hydrangeas, that she had just taken delivery of their spring bulbs from Taylor’s Bulbs, who are based just up the road.

Sue said that if I wanted to have a good colourful show of spring flowers next year, then now is the time to start planting. With her words ringing in my ears, I headed across to Baytree’s Bulbland to speak to Sarah, as she is their ‘Bulb Queen’.

HRH Sarah helped me pick out a couple of packs of daffodils, crocus, camassia and allium bulbs. She explained to me how to plant them for best results which I will try my best to recount now for you.

For a natural look, HRH Sarah told me to open one pack at a time and gently scatter the bulbs in the area I wished to plant. Wherever they land is where you should plant them, she said. This random way of planting would avoid straight lines and look more pleasing to the eye.

It is important to ensure that the bulbs are the correct way up when planting. This was news to me, as I had always thought that bulbs were like seeds.

The bulbs have a tapered top, which when planting needs to be pointing upwards, with the flatter base pointing downwards, sounds simple really.

Anyway, back to the task in hand. I had scattered my first packs of daffodils and had planted them to the correct depth following the instructions on the packets. All I had to do then was to plant the remaining bulbs in the same way, being careful to scatter only one type of bulb at a time to avoid planting them at the wrong depth.

I had also chosen a couple of packets of Fondant Fancy tulip bulbs because I liked the name. HRH Sarah of Bulbland explained to me that tulip bulbs really need planting later in the year, November-December time, so they don’t suffer from ‘Frost Tip’ when growing.

Her advice was to store the bulbs in a really cool place. So I placed them on the front seat of my convertible car parked in my garage with a pair of Raybans on. They looked pretty cool to me.

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