|Me and my new daffodil|
Now, I ain't no Boy Scout (obvs) but when it comes to bulbs I agree with their motto "Be Prepared". Bulbs like well drained soil so if you have heavy soil add a bit of grit to the area when you are planting. A small handful at the bottom of your planting hole is always a good idea too. And make sure you have given your garden a good old weed and tidy before you plant your bulbs too in order to give them the best possible start.
|Tulipa "Blue Ribbon"|
No Soggy Bottoms
Now, a bit like in "Great British Bake-Off", we don't want any soggy bottoms on our bulbs. Give the bulbs a squeeze before you buy them and make sure they are nice and firm. If you are digging out old bulbs from the shed, discard any that are soft, mouldy or shriveled.
|Narcissus "Misty Glen"|
The Only Way Is Up
It might sound silly but plant your bulb the right way up. The top is the pointy end. The bottom is the round, hairy end (bit like my Daddy, tee hee). If you are not sure plant them on their side as they will turn themselves round the right way as they grow (aren't plants clever?!) Some small bulbs such as fritillaria are often best planted on their side, especially in heavy soil, to stop water getting into the bulb and causing it to rot before it has become established.
|Tulipa "Doll's Minuet"|
It's not just our nursery/school stuff that needs labels on them, plants need labels too. A little discreet wooden label won't be offensive and will help you avoid putting a fork through your prized Allium bulbs :(
|Allium neapolitanum grandiflorum|
As a general rule, plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two bulb widths apart. Replace the soil after planting, breaking down any large clumps and firm in gently, making sure there are no air spaces around the bulbs.
|Tulipa "Green Star"|
Repeat After Me
After flowering, remove the seed head and wait for the foliage to yellow and die back, then lift the bulbs, clean off any soil and store in boxes or net bags in a cool, dry place. Remember to label them too! Next year you will have lovely, fresh bulbs and you can start again. You can leave the bulbs in the ground but they will start to rot and die.
So there you go, a cheap and easy way to create a wonderful display in Spring and brighten up our days. But it will be a while before these beauties are ready so in the meantime M&D and I have put our heads together and come up with a wonderful craft project inspired by one of the most popular bulbs - the Narcissus. Or Daffodil to me and you!:
Paper Plate Daffodil
You will need:
- Two Paper Plates
- Toilet Roll Tube
- Selection of yellow and orange paints and papers
- String or ribbon
1. Take one of your paper plates and on the reverse side draw the outline of your daffodil shape. Ask your grown up to cut this shape out, then paint it a lovely bright yellow.
|Painting the flower is a lot of fun|
|I liked adding the glue to the flower|
4. You now need to make the daffodil's trumpet! To do this get a toilet roll tube. Ask a grown up to cut approx 2cm deep slits, approx 1.5cm wide, at one end of the tube (you will have roughly 9 "tabs" when you have finished. On the other end cut lots of slits to make a fringe effect. Once this has done paint the inside and out orange:
|Yay, more painting!|
|The finished daffodil to |
keep us cheery all winter ;)
Hugs & kisses,