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  • debs64debs64 Posts: 5,048
    Slightly off topic here but when planting bulbs under a deciduous tree is it ok to plant bulbs then turf over the top? Tree is inside a garden bed in an inherited garden we want to move bed and turf area but a few bulbs coming through under the tree would be nice. 
    Who plants a large tree inside the only "bed " in a big garden? 
  • I lifted small patches of turf to plant my Crocus tommasinianus, then lowered it over them - best way to keep them safe from mice. And my daffodils were planted directly into turf, so yes, they will manage. Plants are stronger than you think, remember Knotweed can grow through tarmac!
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,487
    Sorry my answer was not very pertinent to your question Dirty Harry. I think depending on the type of crocus the chionodoxa might be good with them as I find my crocus flowers always seem to fall over or not last long. Having some other things around them can help to keep them upright just a bit longer .
    Good Luck with your bulb choices.

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    The Zwanenberg look nice because of the bronze/purple highlights.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I always plant different bulbs in layers in my 4 pots at the front. Tulips at the bottom, small daffodils next and crocuses/pansies etc on the top. I have always had good displays . This year I am trying half a dozen half pans with baby iris and fancy crocuses along with muscari and chinodoxa. 
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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Last year I did one pot with daffodils alone but with 3 different flowering times. It was in full flower for months and months. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    I did the layering as per GW last year, and although it was my first go I don’t think I’ll do it again. Would have been better with supports but the tulips came too early.

    Im think either “naturalised” in the lawn, or maybe digging a bed just for bulbs...not sure if that would work though.  My gladioli have been up and taken forever to flower, so maybe crocus > daffs > tulips > gladioli and iris

    Can you do a purely bulbs bed?
  • Obviously I'm not the expert here given I started the thread but the daffodils look a bit big compared to the pot and everything else there. I'd imagine that would have worked quite well with Tete a Tete.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I always use the smaller daffs/narcissi and the medium sized tulips (around 12 inches). The multi headed tulips do well. 
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,000
    I did the tulip/daffs/crocuses idea but then planted wallflowers on top as well to try to keep the squirrels away from the tulips. Didn't really work well at all, as the crocuses were swamped by the wallflower foliage and the daffs were too tall and also late in flowering. This year I'm going back to single variety pots.
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  • All these experiences are good.

    With stuff like that I'll know not to plant wallflowers or pansies on top when the bulb coming through is a short one like crocus.
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