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AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,672

We are having a load of tulips delivered next week - the plan is to plant them in 2 areas of a front bed,with wallflowers around them. The advice seems to be to plant the tulips in November or even December, but manoeuvring between the box hedge and the preplanted wallflowers would be tricky to say the least!

We don't have anywhere to heel the wallflowers in, so they would have to be kept in trugs,and I'm not sure planting them that late would be good. 

Please can anyone advise? Many thanks image

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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,672

    Anyone? Anything? 

    Positive or negative, I don't mind image 

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532

    Could you put a bit of soil in the trugs to get the wallflower started and plant the bulbs late October.

    I've planted my wallflower in the soil reasonably far apart and will plant my bulbs - not all tulips -  in between. I prefer to do it this way to avoid disturbing or splitting the bulbs when I plant the wallflowers or violas. I use one of those bulb planter things which keeps the disturbed area to a minimum

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,672

    Thanks B3, I think that's what I'll have to do, the tulips will be in one large area with the wallflowers around the outside, as opposed to being merged together. The bulbs have arrived and look really healthy so I'm hoping for a good show !

    Thanks again

    Last edited: 02 October 2017 17:30:37

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,532

    Could you plant most of the outer wallflowers but leave a gap so that you can get access to plant the bulbs and keep some wallflower in pots so that you can close up th gap later?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,672

    I'll certainly look into doing that - I'm planning to remove the summer bedding by the end of this week, so I'll have more idea of the room to manoeuvre !

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