I do love bulbs in spring, but bulbs in hot dry climates can be a challenge…

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).

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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 xx

– Sarah Rajkotwala writer and spiritual teacher

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Candelo Blooms says:

    I love your pots of bulbs! What a great idea and beautiful colour! It’s a great way of filling empty patches and providing interest and different combinations of colour in different areas of the garden. And you don’t lose them either! I’m still wondering what happened to my lily-of-the-valley and my erythroniums!

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks love. Yeah I found that with my tulip bulbs in the garden they would disappear of fail to thrive. However in pots I have more control over the growing conditions…and not to mention the weeds! I don’t even bother with lily of valley, I think it would be way too hot here! ❤

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  2. Goodness you have created some magnificent displays in your pots. I am inspired!

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks so much love! 😉

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  3. annmarie1979 says:

    I love all the color in your garden! I have a container only garden so its nice to see that all these bulbs can be grown in containers. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks Ann! Yes there’s hope for all pot gardeners! 😉🌷🌷🌷


  4. This is so beautiful Sarah! Thank you for joining the #MyGloriousGardens linky this month with this lovely post. I love container gardening as you can just move them to wherever takes your fancy! I love Ranunculus particuarly and tulips. I look forward to seeing more Spring posts from you (together with our other Southern hemisphere linkers) so that you can keep us going over the coming dark months here in the UK! We need this kind of colour in our lives! Magnificent. xx Sophie xx

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks Sophie, its great to see such beautiful and inspiring gardens from all around the world! I also love seeing snow photos from the Northern Hemisphere in our hot summers, it comes as cool relief seeing such lovely winter wonderlands! I will be posting some more spring garden posts! It’s looking very colourful here at the moment! ❤ – Sarah

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  5. John Kingdon says:

    It’s always great to see how people in other parts of the world garden. And fun trying to work out the differences in seasons. And yours is my type of garden – a riot of colour.

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    1. Sarah Rajkotwala - writer & spiritual teacher says:

      Thanks very much John! I try to be colour -coordinated in some of my schemes and others I just let it be joyful abandon! Which is always fun. I agree, its also interesting in seeing people use similar plants in very different regions and then very different ones.


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