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Being a total 2014 newbie, ive stuck to annual seeds so far... i have a bazillion to sow later in spring... now im learning bulbs... is it too late to plant any in spring this year, for summer colour, or do i really need to start with the bulbs in autumn this year?

Thank you!


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    Lilies can be planted now Loganberry. There's lots of things in GCs just now too. Also , you can buy bulbs 'in the green' just now such as Snowdrops and Aconites etc. If you have a quick search online you'll find specialist  bulb companies which will give you some info. I got a load from Gee Tee bulbs last autumn and they were excellent to deal with.

     I'm thinking of trying some Acidanthera this year - the more delicate and attractive Gladiolus. More subtle than the Dame Ednas...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • thanks FG.... you always know the answers!How long have you been gardening for?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,499

    Summer bulbs, which are really tubers, not bulbs, but get lumped together with them, are dahlias and begonias, which can be started now in a greenhouse or conservatory and planted out after risk of frost. They provide lots of summer colour.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Surprising amount of bulbs and bulb like things can go in now, look in a good garden centre or good web site - the Spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips will indeed have to wait until autumn, but lots of other fun things now - dahlias?  Not bulbs, but tubers, good time to put those in if you like them, and they can last for many years. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    Not sure about knowing all the answers LH - Even if I live to 100, I still wouldn't know half of what some people here know! image

    Been gardening about 30 years I suppose - from when I had a tiny little patch in front of my first flat image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,188

    And I thought you were only 27!

    Consequences, altered cases
    Broken noses, altered faces
    My ego altered, altered egos
    Wherever I go, so does me go
  • lol. im 27. no... honestly i am!

    This is 2005, yes?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,289

    1985 would get me nearer 27 too -very near!  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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