Bulbs of all kinds, but especially tulips are extremely beautiful and the colours are also a little addictive. As the tulips bloom in March – May they are an indication that summer is coming and that it is time for the gardening season to start again. It is the bright hope after a long cold winter.
They are also very low maintenance, doing their thing without needing to spend large amounts of time tending to them when it’s still cold outside.
Although I already have about 300 bulbs in the ground at present I have bought another 300 this year. Not only tulip bulbs but many kinds of flowers.
October-November is the time you should be thinking about moving or adding winter hardy bulbs to your garden for an amazing spring bloom. I’m hoping to create my very own tiny little Keukenhof.
This spring I took many photos, to see where I had gaps in the garden. I intend to dig up some of the ones currently in the ground and place them more compactly together.
We like bulbs so much that at our wedding we gave our guests a tulip bulb each. This article also serves as instructions for our guests for how to plant the bulbs. See the instructions below
•Make sure you plant them deep enough into the soil – approximately 3x the height of the bulb. This will ensure that they do not fall over. The bigger the bulb, the deeper the hole needs to be. This is likely 20cm (8inches) for bigger bulbs. This also stops squirrels and cats from digging them up.
•Remove large sticks, rocks, or bricks, so that the flower can grow easily.
•Remove any bulbs with mold as they can spread diseases
•Plant the bulbs with the pointy side up
•When making a design try to group colours and place them close together. 10cm (4 inches) is recommended but you can place them slightly closer for a more blanket affect.
•Remove any bulbs with significant bite marks – mice sometimes attack them and they are unlikely to grow, this may cause a hole in your design. If you wish you can plant it somewhere else outside of your design.
•If you are looking to make a nice design, don’t mix up your bulbs.
•Make sure you have good drainage and water them only when you’ve planted them
•Remember where you have planted them.
•DO NOT plant Lilies in the garden if you have a cat, they can cause kidney failure if they are eaten. I put my lilies in containers and place them high where Max cannot reach them. See more here
•If a sunny spot is required, remember that the trees may not have all their leaves yet in the spring, so you may have more sunny spots than you think.
•The garden will be bare in early spring, so you have more space than you think.
•Don’t forget that you can put bulbs in pots or in the grass.
•You can mix the colors or plant specific ones near each other in clumps.
•Some gardeners will get new bulbs each year, but many bulbs will last a few years in a row & will multiply too.
You can remove any snails or slugs from the tulips by hand or set beer traps (see snails & slugs)
You only need to water them in times of drought or extremely dry conditions.
In the Dutch Golden age tulip-mania resulted in some bulbs reaching extremely high prices and creating the first economic bubble.
The Tulip is now seen as a symbol of The Netherlands; however, it is not actually a Dutch flower but it originated in the Ottoman empire (present day Turkey) in the sixteenth century.
Below is a little video about the tulip: