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This autumn's big plan: extend the existing flowerbed.
I worked out on paper how to lay out all the bulbs I'd ordered, and I dug a trench more than large enough:
You can see that I carefully built up a turf wall to protect the apple trees that I'm using to plug the gap in the hedge there where all the privet died.
Having dug that, I lined it with compost, tipped the bulbs out of the box and sorted them:
Then it was simply a matter of putting them in place ... which was going fairly well until I got to the grape hyacinths, with anemones, glory of the snow and crocuses still to place:
Hrrrrrmmm ... oops?
Well, maybe I'll dig all the way along a little wider and put some of those 200 of the same thing along the front edge of the existing bed, to keep the front straight. It'll mean the tiny crocuses aren't at the front, but they tend to come up on their own anyway.
Sure. That'll work. No problem. Just let me get a cup of tea and my spade and I'll have that half tonne of turf shifted and some more compost laid in there in time for tea. No problem.
You can layer the bulbs instead of putting them in regimental rows. The larger bulbs need planting deeper than the small bulbs anyway
hard to tell from a photo but some of those do look a bit shallow.
I think you'd do better planting in groups. if they all flowered at the same time your rows would have a great impact, but they won't all flower at the same time so the impact will be less
Nice trench. were you in the tank corps? or REME. My dad was in the REME, and my Grandad was a RSM in REME during WW2. They both like (or liked) wide straight paths, and things planted in straight lines. No floppy shrubs. My mums floppy shrubs got pruned into a hedge while she was out shopping, cutting off all the flower buds off the lavatera and philadelphus.My dads currently on a mission to concrete or slab over as much lawn as possible.
The depth's a bit deceptive, as that surface is actually sloping down left to right. See that earth wall on the right side? The top of that is significantly lower than the lawn edge on the left. The deepest part is about a foot below the lawn level.
Done! Anemones, crocuses and glory of the snow all the way to the end.
Here's hoping they're not too shallow now. Thanks to cats disturbing the surface and the rain eroding it, the lilies fell over this year. That's why they're propped up with sticks in the background there.
My plan to get more compost once the GC had another pallet delivered has run into a snag:
Two flowers out already! Aren't they supposed to wait for spring?
I thought that was the idea Charlie, spring flowering bulbs, flower in spring, sounds right.
They're very advanced aren't they, not just the ones in flower
I think this wet, warm October is affecting lots of things. I have teasels, with the seeds in the head germinating on the plant. Sweet pea pods still on the sticks with the seed germinating. I havn't got any daffs in flower yet though.
Think someone forgot to tell these little polyanthus I've got put aside too!
great pick fairy