I know what you are thinking – it’s far too cold and windy to be outside planting anything right now, but let me tell you this is exactly the right time to be planting the only set of flowers that will guarantee you a big fat smile in the darkest, coldest days of January.
When you see the tiniest clean growth of leaves popping through frost encrusted soil nothing lifts your spirit more, knowing that Spring is just around the corner and winter is coming to an end.
There is one more, very good reason for planting bulbs – you can help the nectar loving insects, especially the bees. By the middle of winter bees, especially bumble bees and other solitary bees are very hungry, having lost most sources of nectar by late autumn they are in need of desperate help of food by February and March. If they don’t find food, that’s it for the little flyers – they die and the more that die the less insects we’ll have to pollinate the rest of our food and crops later on in the year.
So it seems to me we need to give bees as much help as possible as early on in the year and guess what – bulbs do the trick!
Bulbs (and corns) have got to be the easiest thing to plant – ever! You buy a pack of bulbs – supermarkets, pound shops, on-line, garden centres, and of course local nurseries. Here is how I plant mine:
I’ve chosen corns – crocuses. Not only is the colour stunningly beautiful but the crocus flower is smothered in pollen by March.
Buy your bulbs, you soil and your pot (unless of course you’ve got that already!)
Fill the pot 2/3rds full of compost and add in the bulbs or corns – pointy bit sticking upwards
Cover the bulbs with soil – enough that you’ve covered the size of the bulb twice. So for those crocuses, that’s about 7-9cm’s (3-4 inches) of soil.
Water the soil and put the pot in a place that is relatively sheltered from frost (to stop the pot cracking), until the little shoots begin to appear.
And away you go…let save the planet 🙂
Awesome post Sophie
Many thanks Linda, pleased you like it. 🙂
Hi Sophie … love those fuzzy pollinators, nice to be able to offer them some food 🙂
They are great aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Any garden project that helps the bees is worth doing… and if it’s a project that brings early colour to the garden, even better!
That’s very true and it does – what more could you want! Well, more bulbs! 🙂
Reblogged this on Romancing the Bee and commented:
Thank you for the re-blog, very much appreciated. 🙂
I just planted a bunch of bulbs around my poor dog’s grave yesterday. It helped me a lot and also to create something beautiful around something gloomy.
Thank you for stopping by the blog. I’m very sorry to hear about your dog. It’s never nice to is it? But sounds like those bulbs will certainly bring some pretty flowers. What did you plant?
Interesting post. I finished up planting irises and peonies and daffodils a few weeks back. Now I’m sad I didn’t plant crocuses.
Sounds like you’ve done a great job with all of those. Thank you for stopping by, it’s nice to hear what people are planting for Spring. 🙂
Great post! I got my bulbs planted last week.
Thank you, pleased to hear it and welcome aboard the blog. Great to get a new reader. What did you plant?
I planted Purple flag tulip, Daydream Tulip, King Alfred Daffodil, Paperwhite Ziva and a purple and white Crocus mix. I apologise for not having the proper botanical names, but they escape me.
Sounds good to me!
Definitely a great project to prepare and I love bulbs! thank you 🙂
No gardening should ever be complicated. That way you’ll be sure to have the most fun out of doing it. Bulbs are “dirt” easy to plant, they do all the hard work really. 🙂
Growing in this type of season, definitely not an easy task 🙂
It’s not I suppose but at least you get some fresh air 😉
That’s the best part! 😀
thanks, will do. we love our bees, even though we don’t love their sting, LMA
No you have to be wary of the sting although they are much less likely to attack than either horseflies or wasps. Enjoy your planting. 🙂
…one bulb at a time.