The purchase of these lovely allium bulbs was inspired by Bulbmania to bring a little colour to my garden in the Spring when other plants are still sleeping. I’ve not planted bulbs before and had to scribble the name of each bulb on the paper bags I wrapped them in at the garden centre. I don’t really want to play ‘guess who‘ with the flowers next spring. Admitting I didn’t know the names of Henley’s flowers was one thing but planting bulbs and being baffled about what to expect when the flowers emerge would be a bit daft.
So what can I look forward to in the spring? Irises of course, although they’ll be a season too soon for our wedding anniversary. Anemone bulbs looked too intriguing to pass up precisely because they look nothing like bulbs. I can’t wait to see what emerges from such a strange knotty lump and I jumbled up all the colours in one bag so at least there will be some surprises come Spring. I began this post at the end of September; harvest season and the long awaited rain then kept me from completing it. I’ve since planted a few of the bulbs in a space between the strawberry patch and the spinach bed after removing the dwarf bean plants and feeding the soil with chicken pellets. (note to self: planted 25/10/09) I’ve got another week or so to decide where the rest of them are going to go (along with some lovely looking mini bulbs called Puschkina Libanotica which will produce blue striped white flowers). Just as well I’ve been busy digging in spite of the rain!
update: flowered in April – see amazing anemones