honeysuckle

In a continuing attempt to cheer up my garden with some colour, I planted almost 100 bulbs earlier this year, some in tubs others in the border and some among the trees. The majority are tulips, alliums and gladioli. I didn't have a plan, and there is no grand design. My border is inches deep in gravel which for years was used as a mulch, and much of it has very shallow soil or is underlaid with virtually impenetrable membrane. It certainly stops things growing up through it but grass, docks and sweet cicely  all manage to put roots through it from above. I simply planted the bulbs where I could find sufficient depth of soil. All I wanted was a splash of colour.

shaggy border garden

Most of my focus for the last couple of years has been on restoring the vegetable plot and bringing the greenhouse back into service but now I have started to think about adding a splash of spring colour to my flower border so this year I ordered several bags of spring flowering bulbs and they arrived this week.