Bulbs make beautiful displays
Tulips or Tulipa a bulbous perennial, which flowers between March and May
. They are fully hardy and require full sun but dislike excessively wet conditions: One of the easiest garden plants to grow, they give an abundance of colour and a new life to the garden, expressing their beauty in differing shapes of flower heads and heights . Plant spring-flowering and hardy summer-flowering bulbs in autumn, summer-flowering bulbs in early spring, and autumn-flowering bulbs by late summer.Tulips make ideal plants for the borders or bedding. They can also brighten containers and some varieties can be naturalised by planting them in grass, as can crocus . Tulips grow best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, sheltered from strong winds. All dislike excessively wet conditions.Before planting application of Growmore or chicken manure pellets will improve the nutrient value of sandy or clay soils (70g per sq m or 2oz per sq yd) Neutral to alkaline soil is best. A pH reading of lower than 6.5 will benefit from additions of lime.Plant from mid- to late autumn – this help reduce problems with the disease tulip fire Discarding any bulbs that show signs of damage or mould Plant at least twice the bulb’s width apart and at a depth of two or three times the bulbs height Most Tulips are best replaced each year. They are unlikely to re-flower Tulip parts may cause stomach upset if ingested. It is best to wear gloves when planting them, as contact may aggravate skin allergie
Daffodils or Narcissus: a bulb, they flower in Feb to early May, and need planting in Sept to October, Daffodils give a welcome wakeup call to spring, they can be planted in sun or light shade plant at a depth of two or three times the bulbs height Daffodils have 13 divisions, based mainly on flower form. Some divisions are known particularly for their fragrance, or for their ability to naturalise in grass.Jonquilla and Apodanthus: divison7 Are fragrant, eg Narcissus ‘Dickcissel’ AGM. Daffodils can be troubled by slugs,snails, virus disease and Narcissus bulb rot.Sometimes daffodils can fail to flower or produce unusually small, pale flowers. This is known as daffodil blindness, and has a number of causes. There are no cures for viruses plants should be destroyed.
Hyacinths or Hyacinthus orientalis, a bulb, plant in sun or light shade, fully hardy can be frost susceptible, in containers plant in early autumn. Hyacinths provide stunning spring displays of fragrant blooms between march and April. Both in the garden and containers.Hyacinths grow best in well-drained, moderately fertile soil, in full sunTo protect them they should be planted 10cm (4in) deep and a minimum of 7.5cm (3in) apart Blooms should be removed as soon as they begin to brown, but the leaves should die back naturally .Left planted in the soil they become small with few flowers. But yet a delicate scented treat. To regain the dense large blooms, fresh bulbs must be purchased ad planted All parts of Hyacinths, if ingested cause stomach upset, handling the bulbs as they may aggravate skin allergies. Slugs can be a prove difficult during mild periods, bulbs that show any sign of disease should be discarded to avoid spread of disease.