52: Spring Blooms Unveiled: A Gardener’s Guide to Autumn Bulb Planting with Roz Chandler

Welcome to The Cutflower Podcast,  in today's episode, we're diving into the world of autumn bulb planting. So, what bulbs should you be considering for a vibrant spring garden in the UK?

Roz kicks off by emphasising the importance of timing, especially for tulips.  Moving on to other bulbs, daffodils and narcissi are perfect for the UK climate, offering a wide variety of choices. Hyacinths, known for their fragrance and vibrant colorus, can be planted in the ground or forced indoors. Alliums, in various shapes and sizes, provide a stunning display, especially when planted close together. Crocus, with their early blooms, signify the arrival of spring. English bluebells and snowdrops, native to the UK, add a touch of natural beauty.

Roz also introduces the Star of Bethlehem, a delightful addition to your garden from autumn through late spring. She provides general guidelines for planting, emphasizing location, depth, and spacing. The lasagna method, planting bulbs in pots with different flowering times, is explained for a prolonged display. Watering and mulching tips are shared, ensuring your bulbs thrive.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Timing is crucial; wait until November to plant tulips for a successful bloom.
  2. Explore a variety of bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, alliums, crocus, bluebells, snowdrops, and the Star of Bethlehem.
  3. Follow general guidelines for planting, considering location, depth, and spacing.
  4. Try the lasagna method for extended flowering in pots.
  5. Water tulips in February for optimal growth.
  6. Mulch after planting to protect bulbs and deter weeds in spring.

Whether you're a seasoned flower farmer or a hobbyist tending to your garden, Roz's advice will guide you in creating a stunning spring display. Remember, the beauty of your blooms might vary, but the joy of planting lasts all season!

Happy planting, and enjoy the podcast!

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