Anyone who watches Monty Don on Gardeners World will know all too well how much he likes a bargain and that he frequently harps on about how cheaply he had bought a plant etc. Well, he will be proud of my budget spring bulb pot.
In last Friday’s program he planted up a spring bulb pot, layering bulbs so they come through at different times. Armed with ideas, on Saturday I trotted off to Wilkinsons (Wilko) with my shopping trolley. Last year I traded in my car for a trolley so I am limited as to what I can buy and where I can shop. It’s a good thing really, if I went to a garden centre or local nursery I would be tempted to buy more than I really needed. My bank balance is very much happier!
I remembered to check the back of the bulb packs to ensure that I bought bulbs that will come through at the correct time. There is no point in planting early flowering tulips and adding late flowering daffodils on top, they will come through in the wrong order. I also bought a bag of bulb fibre. It’s amazing how much you get into a shopping trolley.
Today I ferreted around in the garden for a decent sized pot, emptied it out and after giving it a good clean I started to plant up. First were the tulips. Spoilt for choice I eventually went for a double pink called Angelique.
Finally the pot was topped off with blue and purple pansies. I thought this was a great idea, then you don’t have a bare pot to look at through the winter months. The pansies were tiny plug plants for 24 for £3.50 I bought a week ago. I used a lot of them in a hanging basket by the front door and was wondering what to do with the remainder, so was pleased with their final home.
I am being positive that although they were cheap bulbs, they will all come through. Now tucked in a sheltered place on the patio, in view of my kitchen window, I have a lovely pot of spring bulbs to look forward to and an abundance of happy pansy faces to look at while I wait.