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Time to go to bed

It is that time of the year again, bulbs all planted and hardy perennial seeds planted. Now to protect them for the winter, and put them to bed until next year. They do look like ghosts though, especially at night when the moon shines bright on them. 


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,527
    Spooky,so all ready for Halloween next week!!! >:)
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913
    What have you got there, tucked up so snugly in their sleeping bags?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    Yes, Dove I want to know that as well, hope those things are secured, I kept some that came through the post covering new shoes, but we havent got into the realms of that yet here, I did put my citrus away, and havee had to get them  out again every day, so far its been in the 20s in the days!
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,060
    Last year our soil was frozen to a depth of 4” and everything covered with snow for quite a while, didn’t lose anything.  Even dahlias came up again this year, the garden suffered more in the drought that cold.  The worst thing I lost was the early frog spawn,  some I brought in the GH but lost quite a bit despite covering it up. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Dear All, Firstly I put wire around the containers so that the squirrels do not dig up the bulbs, then when the weather is possibly going to get colder I put fleece on top and tuck it under the wire. The box of delights that I have got planted are as follows:- Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Alliums, Iris, Anemone's, Triteleia (like miniature Agapanthus), Muscari, Nectaroscordum, Narcissus & I also scattered wild flower seeds, Godetia, Poppies, cornflowers and Nigella seeds. So it should be a wonderful firework display in the spring, I cannot wait. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913

    That is going to be a wonderful picture ... looking forward to photographs in the spring :)

    Do you have very harsh winters?  I have never ever found the need to fleece any of those.  Triteleia (which were called Brodiaea when I grew them many years ago in a previous garden) were happy in the well drained gravelly bed.  Godetia I always sowed in the spring.  

    Mind you, protection from squirrels is another problem altogether 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,965

    Most of those bulbs are frost hardy and do not need fleecing and if you are over-wintering annuals, they shouldn't need fleecing either - unless of course you are somewhere that gets very cold winters.  I only fleece my very vulnerable plants such as a Carpenteria californica and Olive bush.

    I expect your garden will look lovely in the spring though.

    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913
    And at least the squirrels will have to unwrap them before they try to gnaw through the wire!   lol  tu

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,669
    Yes Lizzie and Dove, very confused now, you dont fleece bulbs!
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    I'm confused too. First time I've heard of fleecing bulbs, and that early in the year too. ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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