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Tulip time

Clearing beds and tucking in tulips this week

Clearing beds and tucking in tulips this week

November is the start of tulip planting in the garden. Unlike other spring bulbs, the tulips really need the cold weather to put on their best show in the spring. Planting round about now can help reduce incidences of “tulip fire”, a fungal disease that can cause brown spots and twisted, withered and distorted leaves. In mild autumns it is perfectly fine to leave planting them until December – if the Christmas frenzy doesn’t grab you, although don’t wait until the ground is too hard to dig a planting  trench.

Homegrown tulips are bigger, blowsier. more beautiful and more fragrant than the tight unremarkable specimens which can be seen around the supermarkets in the new year. And there are literally dozens to choose in jewel colours or sophisticated creams and whites.

Plant at a depth of about three times the height of the bulb in trenches. This makes both planting and cutting easier. When the frosts come we’ll be chopping down our blackened dahlias and either lifting them or leaving them in the ground with a thick covering of mulch. Where you have limited space in your cutting patch. tulips can be interplanted with dahlias and the whole bed mulched thickly with compost. So much beauty in relatively little  space!

This year we’re planting the elegantly-silouetted, white ‘Tres Chic’, ‘Orange Princess’, a lovely peony-flowered tulip with light nasturtium-orange petals, flushed with reddish-purple and ‘Queen of the Night’, a tall, striking almost black beauty.

Tulips really are beautiful. These were grown by another Wiltshire grower Sara of Our Flower Patch.

Tulips really are beautiful. These were grown by another Wiltshire grower Sara of Our Flower Patch.
















Look out for some fabulous bunches of these fragrant tulips in the farm shop in the spring.Young Blooms brides who are interested in The Not So Secret Garden package will certainly benefit from our November plantings too.

And don’t forget, if you’d like to join us for a couple of hours on a wreath making workshop in the run up to Christmas, the details and booking information are available here. We’d love to see you.

Autumn Bulb Planting

The Indian summer over the past week has provided the perfect opportunity for planting the first of the autumn bulbs in the Not so Secret Garden and now the rain can water them in nicely. It’s amazing how nature sometimes  provides the perfect conditions for getting plants established.


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Double headed daffodil


Planting bulbs for cutting is different from planting them in drifts in the wild or groups in the garden. You can pack them in trenches when they are utility bulbs for cutting – and they still look fabulous. Plant them at about three times the depth of the bulb itself and firm the soil on top. Keep an eye out for greedy squirrels and mice who like to dig up newly planted bulbs.

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Muscari are so pretty on mass

Bulbs are great for the cut flower garden as many start flowering in late winter or early spring before the hardy annuals get going. Choosing a mix of early-, mid- and late-flowering cultivars means that you can extend the season even further.

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Ranunculas are already growing in the polytunnel

The best way to plant bulbs is with friends with the reward of coffee and cake outside when its finished. A reward for a job well done. Narcissi and alliums can be planted now but wait until November to pop in tulip bulbs because they like the cold weather to produce the best flowers.

This year we’ve opted so far for …..

Queen of the Night tulips {purple}

Tres Chic tulips {white}