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If you find your garden looking a little drab then the addition of some bulbs can make it look a whole lot brighter. This does involve a little work but you will find that the colour they produce will bring a smile even on a cold or wet day to your garden, although with weather like a lot of days, the cold and wet days seem a distant memory. In a report, it was established that bulbs can cope with our British temperamental weather and was recommended as being a boon to your home. By forward planning, you can ensure colour all year around in your garden. By the choice of different flower bulbs you can stagger their blooming throughout a great deal of the year.
You can put flower bulbs, due to come out in the Spring, into buckets or flower pots and this will give them an early start. Likewise, most receptacles can serve for this purpose. Putting them in front of a garden shed or workshop provides a great backdrop and my 14×12 garden shed serves this purpose very well.
However, one of the favourites is surely the daffodil. These bulbs, to me, signal the start of the Spring and the end of the winter. The delightful bright yellow daffodil heads suggest the warmth of the sun and summer are nearly with us for another year.
The most important thing is to prepare your garden well by removing weeds and by adding compost and other organic matter to the ground before the addition of these lovely bulbs. If the bulbs have been grown in pots, maybe in your garden room with shed attached, then this can give them a head start. However, ensure you provide good drainage for them when you put them into the garden.
You will find that from July garden centres will be selling bulbs will be suitable for Autumn sowing so you can start planning now. However any spring flowering bulbs should be left a little later to plant with daffodils in October or November for tulips, another favourite flower.
When buying be a little careful and examine each bulb to ensure they are firm to the touch. Reject all which are showing signs of softness or signs of mould. Nice fat bulbs are the best bet as smaller bulbs are unlikely to flower in the first year. When planting ensure the bulbs are planted about 3-4 times the size of the bulb. For example, a bulb 1 inch deep should be about 3-4 inches in the ground. This will ensure good stability in your garden.
Most people tend to plant bulbs around the borders of the garden but they can create a great and impressive display when planted under a lawn. Each year they will flower giving you a blaze of colour and when they die off you can have the full benefit of the lawn with its beautiful green colour.
As I say a good place to plant bulbs is in front of your garden shed and my 14×12 shed is perfect for this but any size shed will ‘do the trick’. Maybe consider a summer house shed for the best of both worlds You will find that the shed will shade the flowers from any wind and the shed itself acts as a backdrop ensuring that the full colour and beauty of the flowers become apparent. As most sheds are at the bottom of the garden they can seem to be a little bland but with the addition of some colourful flowers will shine out and brighten the garden.
Maybe, if your garden shed is showing signs of old age then a visit to 1st Choice Leisure Buildings and seeing their range of 14ft x 12ft garden sheds would be a good place to go to.
You will find that tulips are quite happy on the dry south-facing borders near hedges and will flower for many years as will many other bulbs. The only thing to watch out for is squirrels who are quite eager to dig these bulbs up. As the hedges give a little shelter this makes this location a haven for these little creatures, unfortunately.
However, the addition of these wonderful flowering bulbs will delight you and your family all year round. There is only a small amount of effort involved and the cost is minimal, certainly when you consider these flowers will flower for many, many years.