Which bulbs to plant for flowers in the Spring, with photos of snowdrops,dwarf iris and crocus flowers.
Spring Flowers Preferences.
Which Spring Flowering Bulbs are the ones you like the best?
Spring flowers bring colour to a garden and at after the long winter months they are a joy to see when they start to flower. in England the first flowers to push through the soil and to herald the start of spring time are the snowdrops. Snowdrops are different to other bulbs in that they are planted just after they have finished flowering in the spring time, this is called planting in the green and refers to the fact that they still have there leaves on. Most bulbs, but not all are planted in the autumn months when the bulbs are dormant and appear almost dead, they are 'resting'in their pre-growth stage.
It is easy to plant bulbs and when you buy them they will be supplied with planting instructions. These will tell you how deep to plant them and also how far apart.
Bulbs look nicer planted in small groups rather than in regimented straight lines. It is generally thought that planting in odd numbers looks better and more natural then in even numbers.
You can dig a hole to plant the bulbs in but if they are small varieties then you might find it easier to make the planting holes with a gardening tool called a dibber. Most garden dibbers are supplied with measurements marked on the side so that you can check that you are planting the bulbs to the correct depth,
Snowdrops in Flower.
Springtime Flowering Bulbs.
In England the snowdrop is the first flower to break through the soil after the cold spell of winter.
With its delicate white petals (which are sometimes marked with green -depending on the variety planted). the snow drop marks the beginning of the spring bulbs flowering season. It brightens a patch of the garden usually well before any of the other bulbs have begun to make us aware of their presence. It lifts our mood with a promise that spring is on the way and the colourful bulbs will soon follow this dainty white messenger of spring. Although the snowdrop appears fragile it is well equipped to cope with being in flower at such an early stage of the year.
The Cheerful Spring flower - Crocus.
The crocus comes in cheerful colours as well as in the white and striped varieties. It is simple to grow and can be planted in the autumn and forgotten about until it bursts into flower. T
his is a cheap and cheerful bulb and a good starting point if you have never grown bulbs before. It will just die back after flowering and resurface next spring usually in a bigger ‘group’ than you planted. The colours range from white through to deep purple, the egg-yolk yellow ones add colour to the garden at a time of year when we are grateful for bright colours. The purple and white striped varieties are very attractive.
My Dwarf Iris Flowers.
Dwarf Iris - Elegant Spring Flowers for the Garden.
The Dutch Dwarf Iris.
When in flower the Iris has petals that are reminiscent of a 'rich velvet’ and the colours are deep and jewel like as the example in the photograph demonstrates. These bulbs need to be planted in the autumn of the year – September – October time. They remain invisible beneath the earth until in the spring their delicate looking leaves push through. These first signs of growth are quickly followed by the arrival of the flowers. Plant as pack instructions, putting them either singly or in groups of three looks best.
Tulips garden spring flower which is available in many colours, shapes and sizes.
Tulips come in a vast array of colours, shapes and sizes.
Colour wise they range from a pure white to a purple so dark it almost looks black. The shape can be traditional or fancy with frilled edges. The variety of tulip ‘Black Parrot’ combines the dark colour with the frilled petals. It is traditional to lift tulips after they have finished the spring flowering season when the leaves have died back. However if you wish to leave them in place, then plant then them deeper than usual and in ‘tightly spaced group’. it is a good idea to mark where they are planted with a tag so that you do not inadvertently dig them up when they are not visible above the soil.
Daffodils and Narcissus Bulbs.
Daffodils are available in a array of height and bloom sizes which vary from the dwarf types to the taller ones.
Daffodils will naturalize if planted in grass. However the leaves must not be mown down after the flowering period is over. Daffodils need to keep their leaves in tact until they wilt and die. This is to restore their energy reserves to enable them to form their flowers next year. This needs to be factored in if you are planning a new garden with bulbs in the lawn. You need to put them in an area that you do not mind leaving un-cut until the leaves have died back naturally.
Daffodils are planted in the autumn months and will follow on to flower after the snowdrops and dwarf iris blooms.
Follow the planting instructions given when you purchase them. I do not like to see them planted singly and for some reason as with most planting they look best planted in odd numbers rather than even,so three or five in a group rather than two or four,
You can leave them in the ground to do their own thing in future years. Most of the time they will produce larger clumps in following years. If they become too congested or take up too much space then you can split the ‘group’ and re-plant them. Or dry out the bulbs and store until you re-plant them in the autumn months.
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