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.
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.