I do love bulbs in the spring. I love to mark each season with a change of flowers or foliage and leaf colour etc. I would love to have one of those gardens where you can grow swathes of bulbs under deciduous tree canopies but alas it can be too dry here, even daffodils can be a challenge here at times!
So I have happened upon a compromise of sorts. Instead of a field full of blooms I can have a mass of pots filled to the brim with my favourite spring bulbs. Each pot can have specially filled potting mix and can be individually hand-watered and kept weed free easily, which is much more difficult in garden beds. I have a little fun with these each year, some bulbs survive and carry over and multiply to the next, like freesias, starflowers, and the lovely rannunculus corms. I top-up with some new bulbs and tulips each year. I do adore tulips! I use large plastic pots not for their beauty but for their water-retention capacity. Teracotta pots while cute, dry out far too much here so they are out.
No year exactly like the previous ones. The bulbs may have multiplied, the weather may be hotter or colder at peak bloom time accelerating or decreasing the bloom period for a particular flower type.
Some years there is a heat wave at peak flowering time, other years there can be a cold start to the spring season.
My favourite plants for these displays here in Sunny South Australia are : Tulips (yum), Rannunculs (very hardy and gorgeous in pots), Freesias (with the scent of heaven), Dutch iris, Ixias, pale blue starflowers. I underplant the bulbs with Virginian stocks, grown from seed and Welsh Poppies (these come up all by themselves self sown form the year before).
I may not have a field filled full of spring bulbs in my garden…but I can have a mini spring pot paradise just outside my front door! A compromise can be as good as a holiday! Spreading a little spring happiness.
– Sarah Rajkotwala writer and spiritual teacher
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Words and photo by Sarah Rajkotwala – writer & spiritual teacher at Love In Action and Petals & Buds Spiritual Teaching and Nature Classes — at Petals & Buds
Weekly Spiritual Development classes at Hansborough South Australia, (Wed and Sat mornings for 2 hours).
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♥`*•✿ How to talk to the plants and fairies in your Garden
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♥`*•✿ The Law of Attraction in Action
♥`*•✿ How to read Signs from up above.
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