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Autumn Delights: A Guide to Planting Your Bulb Collection

Autumn Delights: A Guide to Planting Your Bulb Collection

As the summer sun begins to fade and the first hints of autumn grace the air, it's time to start thinking about the beauty that lies ahead in your garden. September is the perfect time to plant a stunning array of bulbs sourced from your local garden centre. These bulbs will spend the winter months cozying up beneath the soil, ready to burst forth in a colourful symphony come spring. In this blog post, we'll take you through a comprehensive guide on how to plant the bulbs from your September collection.


1. Choosing the Right Location

Before you dive into planting, select a suitable location for your bulbs. Most of the bulbs in our online shop prefer well-draining soil and a spot that receives plenty of sunlight. However, bulbs like Crocus Flower Record and Crocus Yellow Mammouth can tolerate some shade and will add a burst of colour to even less sunny areas.


2. Narcissus Sugar Dipped and Hyacinthus Elegance Series

These early bloomers, like Narcissus Sugar Dipped and the delightful Hyacinthus Pink Pearl and Hyacinthus Woodstock, should be planted early in the fall to allow their roots to establish before winter. Plant them about 6-8 inches deep, with a spacing of 4-6 inches between bulbs.


3. Captivating Tulips: Novisun, Pink Impression, Negrita, Suncatcher, Queen of Night

Tulips offer a kaleidoscope of colours in your garden. Plant these bulbs about 6-8 inches deep, and be sure to choose a mix of colours and heights to create a dynamic display.


4. Narcissus Delights: Ice Follies, Sir Winston Churchill, Orangery

Narcissus, or daffodils, are among the most reliable and cheerful spring bloomers. Plant these bulbs at a depth of about 6 inches with a spacing of 4-6 inches apart. Their vibrant colours will add a touch of sunshine to your garden.


5. A Touch of Wildness: Hyacinthusoides Non-Scripta and Iris Hollandica Mixed Colours

Plant the enchanting blue flowers of Hyacinthusoides Non-Scripta, also known as English Bluebells, at a depth of about 4 inches. The Iris Hollandica Mixed Colours will add elegance to your garden with their distinctive blooms.


6. Edible Additions: Onionset Senshyu and Garlic Germidour

Plant the Onionset Senshyu and Garlic Germidour at the recommended depths and spacing, as per the instructions provided by your garden centre. These additions will not only beautify your garden but also yield delicious rewards in the kitchen.


As you embark on this bulb-planting journey, remember to water the bulbs well after planting to encourage root growth before winter sets in. Mulch the area to insulate the soil and protect the bulbs from extreme temperatures. With the right care, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking display of colours and scents in the upcoming spring. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening tools, and let September be the month when you lay the groundwork for a vibrant and enchanting garden!


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