Pot up spring bulbs
Bulb planting begins in earnest in September but continues busily into October with the one exception of tulips, which wait until November and even December for their planting. Increasingly I grow bulbs in containers, which means that we are accumulating more and more pots, and the one rule of a good pot is that it must be filled with something most of the time. So scillas, muscari, narcissi, hyacinths, irises and fritillaries are planted in gritty compost, along with pans of winterflowering pansies and violas. The larger pots see double or even triple service throughout the year so bulbs are planted shallowly, often in big pans, and then removed after flowering and planted out to die back slowly so the pots can be replanted with a summer display. But as autumn progresses it is the prospect of these displays of intense bulbs next February and March that sits quietly in each of these seemingly empty grit- covered pots.
For a dazzling display of muscari and narcissi next spring, plant bulbs now in pots of gritty compost