Whilst there are plenty of clearing up jobs to do around the garden at this time of year, there is nothing like planting bulbs to bring joyful anticipation of springtime cheer.
Whilst spring flowering bulbs have While spring flowering bulbs have been available to buy since the end of August, November is the ideal time to plant tulip bulbs. This prevents problems with tulip fire disease, a soil-borne fungus that can develop in the lingering warmth of Autumn. By planting closer to Christmas soils are too cold for the fungus to spread.
As a general rule plant the bulb about three times its own depth and a good two bulb widths apart. Plant as many as you can, and for the best effects plant two or three different varieties. For a bit of drama try a mix of purple and white, such as: 'Shirley’, 'Negrita' and 'Bleu Aimable'.
Tulips can also be grown in containers and will create focal points throughout the Spring garden and provide a welcome touch of colour to the patio or entryways. For maximum impact, I prefer to plant one variety of bulb per container, but remember to water them, otherwise the flowers will never reach their full potential...and don’t forget to plant them the right way up!