Keep colour alive in your garden with a container to take you through winter into spring, and enjoy up to 100 days of colour!
Using a mixture of successional spring−flowering bulbs, topped off with winter−flowering pansies, this container recipe will provide fantastic colour throughout the darker months and will brighten your garden throughout spring.
35cm terracotta of plastic container with a depth of approximately 30cm
Good quality multi−purpose compost
Crocks or gravel
3 x pot feet
30 x blue Crocus
12 x Narcissi Tête−à−Tête
10 x dwaft Tulip ′Pinocchio′
6 x winter−flowering pansies
1. Preparing your container and adding your tulips
Add crocks or gravel to the bottom of your container to prevent the drainage hole from becoming blocked. Fill your container half full with compost and then place your tulip bulbs upright, spaced evenly over your compost surface.
2. Adding your Narcissi
Cover carefully with compost so that just the bulb tips are showing and then place your Tête−à−Tête bulbs upright and evenly spaced on the surface of your compost. Cover with more compost so that the bulb tips are just showing.
3. Adding your Crocus
Repeat this procedure with your crocus bulbs, making sure they are evenly spaced and upright, before covering with another compost layer.
4. The final touches
Finally, position your winter−flowering pansies in the top of your container and carefully fill any remaining gaps with compost. Give your pot a good water, and place in your chosen position, making sure that it stands on the feet to ensure free drainage − and voilà, get ready to enjoy your 100 days of colour!
5. After the show…
After flowering, feed your plants with a high potash feed, let the leaves die back naturally then lift the bulbs and plant out in the garden ready for flowering next year – and start thinking about the ingredients for your next recipe!
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