30 bulbs in 15 minutes

Starting back at work this week, albeit at home, was a bit of a shock to the system after a relaxing Christmas break. It’s been full on, but I’ve still managed to get away from my desk for several bursts of #15greenmins.

I was particularly chuffed to get some Tulip bulbs planted in a new trough overlooking my patio. They are Tulipa ‘Purissima’ (White Emperor), an elegant cultivar with large creamy white petals and a short (35 cm) sturdy stem – ideal for pots.

First, I positioned the bulbs where I wanted to plant them.

30 Tulip bulbs planted in 15 minutes
30 Tulipa ‘Purissima’ bulbs, ready to plant

Right tool for the job

Then, rather than dig out a trench or holes with a trowel, I used a bulb planter to make 30 individual holes. I highly recommend getting a bulb planter, as they make the job a lot easier. They come in different sizes, depending on what bulbs you are planting. I have found that this one works well for daffodils, tulips and alliums.

Bulb planter
A bulb planter is a very handy gadget

The sharp metal head of the planter cuts through the soil to just the right depth (4 inches) and extracts a large neat plug of earth.

Bulb planter in action
Bulb planter in action

Then, all I had to do was pop the bulbs into the base of the holes, pointy end up, and cover them with soil.

Planting tulip bulbs
Pop the bulb in the base of the hole, pointy end up

If the soil is heavy, it’s a good idea to add some grit or compost to the base of the hole before planting the bulb.

It really did only take 15 minutes to plant 30 bulbs, so I was able to get back to my desk before my toes went numb with the cold!

Six on Saturday: Tulip mania

This week has been all about the tulips.

1. First tulip

It all started with this very first perfectly formed specimen flushed with a delicate pink.

First tulip 2020

2. Radiant blooms

As more tulips started to open, and the sun shone, the garden basked in the radiance of their blooms.

Radiant tulips

3. Fabulous colour combos

Some of the colour combinations have been simply divine. Here, the deep burgundy satin blooms of Havran stood tall over the red-crimson petals of Couleur Cardinal and the sunset colours of Prinses Irene.

Tulip colour combinations

4. Inner beauty

On closer inspection, as the tulips unfolded, the insides revealed a further hereto hidden inner beauty.

Hidden beauty inside tulips

5. My favourite tulip

It was hard to choose, but Slawa came out the winner this year for sheer wow factor. A deep rich burgundy edged with apricot, all in one perfect goblet-shaped bloom.

My favourite tulip, Slawa

6. Tulip tableau

The stage was set, and all that planting earlier in the year did not disappoint. The tulips have been an absolute joy, particularly at a time when I have needed cheering up. And I wanted to share it with you …

Tulip tableau