✿Spring flowers start their lives in the fall✿
If you are a beginner - start with Crocus
Easiest To Grow
It seems that crocus are one of the easiest of bulbs to grow and because of this, gardeners hold them in small esteem. Cheap in the stores, and plentiful in the gardens, these charmers should be planted in huge drifts in our gardens and wild areas. "More is better!" shrieks the flower lover in me.
Plant them in as much sun as you have, space them 3-4 inches apart, put them down 2-3 inches deep, and plant lots of them in the same area. Groupings of 20 to 30 in each spot will give you a good show.
A brief warning to the wise if I may, yellow crocus do well close to the house where the dogs tend to chase away the smaller birds and starlings. Planted far away from the house, the birds peck at the yellow flowers while they ignore the other colours. I have the devil of a time keeping yellow plants growing outside of the dog's area.
Let me also suggest to you that the established clumps bloom earlier in the spring than first year plantings. Don't plan your garden colours around first year bloom times.
Plant the bulbs like this:
When planting bulbs - how deep do I plant them?
An old rule of thumb says to plant a bulb twice the height of the bulb. So if a bulb is 3 inches tall, then plant it so the base of the bulb is 6 inches deep. (that puts the top of the bulb 3 inches from the surface).
Note that this is a rule of thumb and as this isn't rocket science, a few inches here or there aren't going to make too much of a problem for most of the larger bulbs.
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Now is the time to put the bulbs down!
Try to see the colour mix when spring is here. Compose, mix or just one colour at the time. What is your choice is the best. But you must plant them in the fall - other wise no flowers in the spring
Animals who want to feed on your flowers
fight for them !
Squirrels, roe dears, rabbits and some caterpillars love to eat your flowers. I have tried a lot of tricks to stop them and want to share some of them here.
When if comes to the roe dears, it is my experiance that they are very hard to keep away from your flowerbed. They come often in the early yours of the day when the dog is inside and you are asleep. I have tried so many sprays, hanging old CDÂ´s in the garden, put a big white, round sign on a stick and so on. But they only laughed at them. So the BEST suggestion I tried is: Take unwashed wool from sheep and put here and there and they do not eat from the flowers or buds. They just hate the smell from wool.
The CDÂ´s are really good when they are hanging free from a branch or stick. They move in the wind and keep birds and sometime squirrels away.
If you have rodents, I found that the best is to plant garlic between your other bulbs. Let them grow there and enjoy the green leaves! You can plant one clove only to get a garlic plant.
Stop the hare from eathing your flowers
They are so cute and cuddely. But when you are asleep, early in the morning, they eat your buds, flowers and sprouts. The best way to stop them is this:
Mis equall parts of ammonium carbonate (hartshorn) with cooking oil and cayenne pepper! Use a brush to put the mix around your flower beds and stems. Sometimes it is nessecary to dip some pieces of cloth and hang it up where they are visiting and feeding.
This mix will help you not only against the hares, but also other animals like ants, row dears and some birds.
We who do not have a garden
can also plant bulbs and seeds!
We do not have to be without. We can also plant bulbs in pots and enjoy the growing little life in them! Crocus, Scilla and hyathints are all suitable for us.
Keep the pot inside until the frost is gone. Then you can move it out into the balcony if you have one.
No balcony - well just keep it in one of your windows. Remember to turn the pot now and then so the flower stem donÂ´t come up crooked.
Plant is many pots and put them together. Decorate with your favourite items and may be have a spotlight for your "indoor garden"
And - we do not have roe deers eating the plant!=)
For more suggestions of an idoor garden read here:
Which one are you?
Are you going to plant spring flowers now?