Sometimes gardening is just so confusing! Want a winter garden? Plant in July. Want tulips and narcissus in spring? Plant in September and October. That’s just how it is: for some garden rewards, you have to plan ahead. So, it’s time to plant spring-flowering bulbs for a colourful display next year. Bulbs flower as early as late December and keep performing into June if you select a variety of early, mid and late spring bulbs. With a little bit of planning, you can keep the show going until early summer. To do this, select bulbs that bloom at different times of the spring. The packages are all marked “early” or “mid” or “late” spring blooming. By choosing a variety you get a longer display of flowers. One way to do this is to layer the bulbs in a container or a garden bed. Plant the last-to-flower bulbs deepest, and then […]
If you’re looking for design inspiration for next spring’s garden, you might want to check out Jeff de Jong’s bulb class offered through UVic’s Continuing Studies. Jeff writes for numerous gardening magazines and leads garden tours throughout the world. He promises to help you create “a striking and extraordinary garden” with spring-flowering bulbs. For more information, click here.
At a flea market earlier this spring, I picked up a little book called Proven Tips for Lazy Gardeners by Linda Tilgner. Perfect, I thought, much as I love gardening, summer weather makes you think more of lounging under a shady tree than weeding. So here are some of the tips I’ve gleaned – […]
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