The next spring is coming for sure! So that it starts happily in good time, I plant a lot of flower bulbs in my beds. Tulips, daffodils and shiny snow have already moved in.
One, two, three, four … and the bags with the flower bulbs were in the shopping basket. I probably never get tired of buying some. Tulips are always on board! Because it looks so magical in spring when they bloom individually between the fresh-green perennials everywhere in the bed. I distribute early, medium early and late varieties of tulips. Because that’s the only way I can look forward to their calyxes from the beginning of April to the end of May. So that it doesn’t look too motley, I plant pink and purple varieties in all nuances. Here and there I sprinkle a little orange. That brings pep into the bed. Whenever a space becomes available somewhere, I sometimes plant tulip bulbs as a group in the ground. To do this, I look for strikingly beautiful varieties: filled, fringed and, at best, two-tone pieces of jewelry. People who have a dreamlike onion flower garden gave me good tips: They plant tulip bulbs in plastic pots that they sink into the ground. This prevents the soil from becoming “tulip-tired” and fungal diseases from occurring. The plastic pots also protect the tulips from voles. Another advantage is that the plastic pots can easily be replaced in autumn. And you don’t injure any neighboring bulbs or roots.
When it comes to daffodils, I’m more traditional. Even if I find many types of daffodils very pretty – none of them can match the classic trumpet shape of the daffodil! That’s why I bought the ‘Arctic Gold’ variety and planted it in groups under my apple tree. This will look so good!
Aren’t you tired of digging the holes for the plants by hand with a shovel? I hate it! It takes a long time, you get dirty at work … Now I have found a great tool that makes work a lot easier. It is a tool for the drill, or rather for the cordless drill. You simply insert this attachment and you can dig perfect holes for the flower bulbs. I don’t want to miss this tool in my garden anymore! I once put the link to amazon in here ….
Snow shine – a real treasure under the privet hedge
But of course I didn’t just plant tulip bulbs. My new privet hedge urgently needs pretty lodgers. Since I already have a lot of crocuses and blue stars in the garden, my choice fell on the snow shine. Like all ‘little savages’, the snow shine, also known as snow pride, is very easy to care for if you let it grow and move in undisturbed. Over the years, it forms increasingly dense flower carpets through bulbs and self-sowing. Snow shine likes sunny places and, like almost all bulb flowers, permeable, sandy soils. I chose Chionodoxa luciliae. Because its flowers are lavender blue and it blooms well into April.
Here’s how to plant bulbs correctly
Depending on their size, the bulbs must be planted differently deep into the ground. In general, the bigger the flower bulbs and the sandy the soil, the deeper they have to go into the earth. A simple rule of thumb helps for orientation: Put two to three times as low as the onion is high. But there are also exceptions, such as the checkerboard flower. It must be significantly lower – otherwise it will dry out.
Tip: Onion flowers that bloom very early in the year should be planted in September. These include snowdrops (Galanthus), winterling (Eranthis hyemalis), elven crocus (Crocus tommasinianus), blue starlets (Scilla) and radiation anomones (Anemone blanda).
Another very practical tip!
Your voles like to eat flower bulbs? Do you have a heavy clay soil? Then simply fence the freshly planted flower bulbs with a special grid. This prevents voles from tampering with the flower bulbs and thus destroying your work.
Do you have any other good tips on the topic of flower bulbs and planting flowers in the garden? Then please let me know in the comments below!