Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Autumn Planting – Spring Flowers 1 November 28, 2008

Filed under: Autumn,Colour,Flower,Spring,Weather,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 2:05 pm
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Dwarf Tulip

Dwarf Tulip

Wandering into the garden centre in September to kill some time it became apparent that it was time to think about planting some bulbs for Spring. Box upon box of Daffodil, Narcissus and Tulip bulbs along with some more exotic varieties were stacked in every available space around the doors to the outside compound. If this is their subtle way of telling gardeners what they should be doing then I wouldn’t like to see their blatent attempts. Fortunately for this novice the sledgehammer sales technique was just what was needed. It only took another couple of visits for the message to get through.

But what to buy? Where to plant them? How would they look? Would this delay the summer planting? How come wanting to have some flowers on a window ledge had turned into something akin to learning calculus, only harder, and with less logic! It’s at moments like this that the weakest of souls can start reaching for the cut flower stall or start googling ‘artificial flowers’ with new enthusiasm.

Well, maybe that’s what will happen next year but right now (more…)