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Spring Bulbs for your Garden

          All of the popular spring bulbs, especially the low-growing species and varieties, flower in exposed sites. If you are growing groups of them in a windy position, stake them well when they are only a few centimetres high to prevent the leaves and flower stems from being broken in strong winds.

     In the sun but sheltered
Most bulbs like to be planted  in well-drained soil, exposed  to the sun, but sheltered  from cold,  drying winds.  Certain bulbs, such as snowdrops,  Eranthis hyemalis, Cyclamen coum, Anemone nemorosa  and erythronium, also grow well in semishade,  close to deciduous shrubs  or trees.
Settle in the bulbs: If possible, plant bulbs as soon as you buy them, or store them in a cool, dry place.  The still-warm soil at the beginning of autumn is perfect for planting, but by late autumn it is very cold and often waterlogged.
  • From the end of August, you can plant out anemones, ranunculus,  freesias,  scilla and ornamental  allium. You can also put in some of your narcissus  so that they will flower early at the beginning of spring.
  • Make sure you plant out any members  of the Fritillaria family  before  the end of September, as the bulbs will lose their freshness after that.  Any that are still unplanted  by October  will probably be dried  out. If you have inadvertently left it this late, try rehydrating  the bulbs by soaking them in water  for 24 hours before planting them.
  • Wait until mid-October to plant out tulips.  If you plant any earlier and the autumn  is mild, they could  start to show premature  shoots,  which would  be very sensitive  to frost.
Fritillaria and lilies like deep planting:  Unlike most bulbs, Fritillaria imperalis and lilies (except Lilium candidum, which requires shallow planting), should  be planted  a good 20cm deep.
When planting, tilt fritillaria bulbs so that they are not upright. If water soaks directly into the central growing point, the bulb  will rot. You can identify the growing point of the bulb as it shows  traces  of the previous year's  stem.
Cyclamen prefer the surface: Plant cyclamen close to the surface of the soil. If they are buried too deep, they will not grow well and will not flower.  Mulch them with leaf-mould.
Which way is up? Bulbs should be planted  with their tips uppermost.  If you are unsure which end is which and anemones  can be particularly  confusing  in this respect it is best to lay them on their sides  at the bottom of the hole.

The right bulb in the right place.
        Ensure that bulbs reach their maximum potential by planting them in the most suitable place.
Spring bulbs for rockeries
Shady rockeries: Scilla sibirica, Chionodoxa lucillae, and crocus chrysanthus
Bulbs for Under shrubs and trees
Under shrubs and trees: Anemone blanda, A. nemerosa and winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
Bulbs for Cool, damp places
Cool, damp places: Fritillaria meleagris and English bluebell(Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Bulbs for unheated green houses
Unheated greenhouses: Ipheion uniflorum, Hyacinthus orientalis, and Narcissus 'Paper white'
Colourful spring garden flower beds
Colourful spring beds: Tulipa Brilliant Star, T. tarda or the water lily tulip (T.kaufmaniana)
Bulbs for garden lawns
Lawns: Narcissus 'Carlton' N. 'February Gold' or N. ' February Silver'

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