The bulbs in Wilko are reduced to half price currently and it’s a great opportunity to make some interesting plant combinations without spending a fortune. I rounded up two packets of tulips T ‘ Queen of the Night’ and planted a total of 20 bulbs in and around a patch of hellebores.
Sprawling in the same bed are white hydrangea which at this time of year are leggy but I’ll wait to cut them back next April along with the scruffy leaves of the hellebore. Then whilst waiting for the hydrangea to leaf up I should have deep maroon tulips and soft pink Helleborus orientalis in flower for a few weeks together.
Bulbs are relatively inexpensive wherever you buy them and they take up very little space in the ground. They require nothing more than a trowel to plant and come into flower in spring making a welcome addition to the garden after winter.
On the allotment spinach, Swiss chard and rainbow chard are looking good…
Today I lifted a huge bed of nasturtiums which is now mostly leaf and the cosmos plants are just coming to an end too. The vase life this late in the season is only three days but I can’t wait to start choosing more seeds for next year. The dahlias are still going strong as are the ranunculus and all my flowers for cutting have filled three vases a week for the last five months. I am so encouraged by this and intend to have a much larger cut flower bed next year.