Despite the presence of low clouds and temperatures not conducive to seasonal growth, November can oft be a month during which Athlone Advertiser readers can savour some time in the garden, embracing the surrounds of nature as you prepare for the coming of spring and bloom growth.
It is in this instance that many gardeners choose to plant bulbs during November as thoughts turn towards their blossoming in early spring and the positive presence their colourful appearance within the garden entails.
Tulips and daffodils are perennial plant bulb favourites amongst gardeners as their colour uplifts the soul in the spring season.
Planting tulips and daffodils together in a single bed creates a colourful display and can increase the flowering period if you mix early flowering daffodils with mid-season or late blooming tulips.
November is also an ample time in which to evaluate your garden and the potential for growth within. With flowers cut back for the winter season and your garden sparse in its appearance, it is prime time to evaluate how you perceive your garden’s growth in the spring.
Both daffodil and tulips tend to appear early in the spring season. Planting bulbs under trees and in rock gardens is beneficial while the garden is at quiet time and not crowded due to the presence of summer blooms.
Daffodils are low maintenance producing flowers, extremely versatile and carefree and are available to purchase in a vast range of shapes, sizes and colours. A hardy plant, daffodils are best planted in moist soil and in full sunlight. They are usually planted three times deeper than the size of the bulb.
Akin to daffodils, tulips add an array of colour to your garden. Showcasing floral beauty there are numerous varieties with single and double tulips immensely popular for planting at this time of the gardening year. Wile it is a perennial plant, many gardeners grow tulips as annuals as it can be a challenge to obtain similar initial year growth in the following spring seasons.
Allowing for the growth season to come, evaluate all the positions which you deem will benefit from enhanced colour in your garden - start cultivating the soil now and plant your tulip