Every autumn I pot up some bulbs to use in my containers in Spring so today I settled in to listen to Radio 4 and get the bulbs snuggled into their pots.
I put 5 Iris ‘Joyce’ bulbs in twenty 3″ square pots:
And 9 Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ in eighteen 2L pots:
I also made up about twenty long tom 4″ pots with 4 daffs in each. I’ve put them all outdoors for now and round about Christmas time I’ll bring half of them in to the greenhouse (which is unheated but just a little warmer than outdoors) which brings them forward a little. Then when that first batch start to go over I replace them with the second batch, extending the season by a little.
This gives me plenty of spring colour to put into my containers accompanying the pansies I grow from seed. Once the bulbs have done their thing they’ll get planted out in the garden to pop up in later years.