Last autumn, we did some forward planning.
It was November to be precise – and we went to our local garden centre and chose a selection of spring bulbs.
We had two of these lovely old galvanised dolly tubs originally used for washing clothes. They make such great planters in terms of looks and the fact that they don’t shatter after a frost.
Their large size & depth also provides the necessary space to have layers of bulbs which allows a succession of flowering and gives continued interest over many months.
The first green shoots appeared in January when the snowdrops popped their noses above soil level.
Snow drops in the snow – an exquisite sight!
They were followed in late February by the crocuses – a wonderful shot of colour after a long, drab winter.
April saw the daffodils in their prime…
…and the tulips arrived in May.
It’s been a real success – starting with the simple beauty of snowdrops and ending with a gorgeous mix of colour, scent and forms. Here’s a list of the bulbs we planted if you’d like to try it yourself. After each layer, add a little extra compost to cover the bulbs before adding the next layer:
Bottom layer (planted first) – Tulips Triumph Mistress of Darkness
Layer 2 – Narcissus Spring Fragrance Mixed
Layer 3 – Crocus Vernus Mixed Colours
Top layer (planted last): Snowdrops Single