Free* 200 Spring Flowering Bulbs
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We’re giving every reader the chance to fill their gardens with vibrant colour by giving away 200 spring flowering bulbs free*, usually priced at £38.87.
*One order per household, all orders tracked at £5.60 postage charge.
Collection consists of 50 Anemone de Caen, 50 Allium moly, 24 Narcissus tete a tete, 3 Allium Mount Everest, 50 Oxalis, 3 Allium Purple Sensation and 20 Brodaeia.
All bulbs delivered October - November 2013. £10 minimum order value by phone
Why not try these other great value offers
Crocus Large Dutch Mix
Buy 40 bulbs of one variety for £12.99, or buy 160 bulbs (40 of each) for £25.98
Purple, Yellow, Striped and White goblets unfurl their petals to welcome the spring. This large flowered variety is a joyful sight when planted in drifts or naturalised in grass. Flowering 7.5cm tall during February and March, these hardy crocus bulbs will multiply and bloom year after year. Bulb size 7/8cm.
Buy 50 bulbs for £14.99,
100 bulbs for £17.99 or
200 for just £20.99
This versatile mix of vibrant flowers, held above slender, sturdy stems brighten up beds, borders, containers and window boxes. Plant in groups to best appreciate the superb colouring in April and May. Height: 35cm. Spread: 15cm.
Buy 40 bulbs for £19.98,
or 80 bulbs for £19.99
Daffodils make for a beautiful springtime display. Our stunning selection includes a mixture of golden yellow, apricot, cream, and bi-coloured blooms, each with a classic prominent trumpet. With their large, single flowers, they look great in the garden or as cut flowers. Height: 45cm. Spread: 15cm.
Aconites & Snowdrops
Buy 100 bulbs and save £10!
Buy 50 bulbs of one variety for £15.99
or 100 bulbs – 50 of each for £21.98
The golden cupped blooms of the winter aconite associate beautifully with the simple white snowdrop flowers for a spectacular woodland display. Easy to establish and virtually maintenance free. Height: 10cm. Spread: 10cm.
Jane Perrone's tips for spring bulbs
Spring bulbs can be one of the most rewarding forms of gardening: a few minutes spent planting them now and you can look forward to a cheerful display just when your garden needs it most, in the lengthening days of spring when you need an excuse to get out in the fresh air. There are a few simple rules when it comes to bulb planting: generally bulbs should be planted at two to three times their own depth and at least three times their own width apart (or one width apart if planted in a container), so don't skimp when it comes to digging a hole. If you have a lot of bulbs to plant, invest in a long-handled bulb planter to save your back, but if you've just got a couple of dozen, a trowel is perfectly adequate for the job.
It's also worth improving the soil before you plant, particularly if you've got boggy, poorly-drained ground. A few handfuls of horticultural grit, homemade compost or biochar will all help. When you place the bulb in the ground, take care not to damage it - particularly the basal plate, which is the flat bottom of the bulb from where the roots grow. Make sure that's facing downward, with the pointy bit facing up, although don't worry about getting the spirit level out as bulbs have an amazing talent for righting themselves if planted wonky! As you fill in the soil around the bulb, be sure you firm the earth back in place to remove any air pockets which will check the bulb's growth.
Crocuses look wonderful growing naturalised in a lawn - try planting them in a ring if you have children who believe in fairies! Just remove an area of turf by cutting out a rectangle with a spade then rolling it back carefully, break up the earth underneath and plant the crocus corms, then replace the grass and firm it down with your hands. Squirrels love digging up and eating crocus corms so protect your new plantings with chicken wire if they're a problem in your garden.
Tulips are best sown in November. Many gardeners throw out the "two to three times its depth" rule when it comes to tulips and plant them much deeper: up to 30cm. This helps the tulips to stand steady rather than flop, and it also means you can plant other things on top later in the year without worrying about disturbing the bulbs below. They're also one of the best bulbs for containers: if you use large pots, you can plant three layers of tulips - one early-flowering, one mid- and one late - for a really long display.
Daffodils are probably the most easygoing of all the spring bulbs: provided you don't plant them in a bog in deep shade, it's hard to go wrong! Ideally, daffodils prefer free-draining soil that doesn't dry out. Unlike tulips, which are best left until after the first frosts to plant, daffodil bulbs should be put in the ground as soon as possible after purchase so they can get the maximum time to root and grow. And if your well-meaning neighbour tells you to tie up the daffodil leaves after flowering, ignore them - it may hamper the flowers from coming back next year. Allow the foliage to fully die back before removing it.
Aconites and snowdrops
The jolly yellow ruffs of winter aconites and nodding white bells of snowdrops look fabulous carpeting the ground under deciduous trees in February and March, and they're brilliant for early-emerging pollinators too. Being woodland plants, they both enjoy humus-rich, moist soil, so add some homemade compost to the ground before planting. Don't plant them in formal rows, but scatter them randomly: in fact you can arrange your planting pattern by simply flinging them on the ground and planting where they land! But beware: all parts of winter aconites are poisonous so take care if you have young children.