Buying up bulbs in bulk for a colourful new garden

A trip to the garden centre sees me return home with rather a lot of bulbs…

It’s been a long time since I wrote a post here. Basically, I’ve been busy doing other things – writing in other places about other things – but after a week where I had an offer accepted on a new house (although I’m now waiting on a chain…), I thought that I would take the opportunity with a ton of optimism to go and buy a load of bulbs.

Fingers crossed that the house becomes my new home at some point in the next couple of months, and that the chain completes swiftly, and that my surveyor doesn’t discover that it’s built on a sink hole, between a nuclear reactor and a volcano.

Theres a lot of hoops there, but I thought that I would plan ahead a little. The new house’s garden is blank. There’s no planting areas front or back – it’s all entirely sad lawn, scattered with child play apparatus (slide, swings, see-saw) and well trodden paths that have worn the grass through. There’s also a curiously fenced in patio – which made me wonder if that was for people who wanted to sit outside without feeling like they’re outside, or for people who like to stare over their neighbour’s fence?

I have plans. That fence is coming out for starters.. but with a house completion that will hopefully make that my home by Christmas, it means that buying bulbs now, and storing them in a cool dry place, is probably worthwhile.

Packs of crocus, tulip, and allium bulbs
Today’s purchase of bulbs

Today I picked up a big pot of Daffodil bulbs (one of those fill-a-pot jobs, where they then donate a % to Marie Curie), a bag of 10 mixed Tulip bulbs, a pack of 12 Crocus Vanguard bulbs and a pack of 12 Allium Caeruleum bulbs.

Jumping the gun perhaps, but if everything falls through, or it gets well into December and the chain still hasn’t moved, then I’ll just pot them up and allow them to grow into nice cheerful pots of colour until the chain completes.

Spring 2014 has sprung

Spring has arrived, and so has the time to choose what’s going to be grown in the garden in 2014.

It’s that time again – where I need to pick the plants for 2014.

Daffodils in Cambridge
Daffodils in Cambridge

I’m perhaps a little behind, in comparison to previous years, but with what has been quite a catastrophic (weather wise) start to the year, what with all the rain and flooding here in England, it’s encouraging to start seeing some bright sunshine.

The Crocuses came and went with little display. The Tulip ‘Negrita’ are now reaching up and I look forward to see their crimson blooms emerge. The Daylily ‘Hemerocallis Bonanza’ are also making progress.

Despite the sunshine, it’s still cold. Last night it reached low enough to give me a chilly start at -2C and a frozen windscreen.

Still, the rest of the day did bring sunshine, and whilst in Cambridge I managed to take the snap above of some Daffodils.

Spring is here. Now, where did I put those seeds….

The Crocuses arrive

The Crocus ‘Giant Ruby’ bulbs have begun to peep through the soil.

Remember those crocus bulbs I bought and planted out a few months ago? Well, they’ve just started to peep through the soil, and it looks like a pretty good success rate too.

Crocus 'Giant Ruby' begin to peep through
Crocus ‘Giant Ruby’ begin to peep through

I planted 70 Crocus ‘Giant Ruby’ bulbs back at the end of October (a few in November too, once those Antirrhinums had *finally* given up and made space for them)  so that they would provide much-needed early food for the bees that would be coming out of hibernation.

Snowdrops do pretty much the same job, but I’m not really a big fan of their pale flowers. Hopefully these crocuses will fill the garden with some early colour whilst preparing the bees for another busy year.