At the moment it’s muddy everywhere. And grey. So imagine my delight when I spotted a little patch of bulbs growing in someone’s front garden. Snow drop, perhaps? I’m not sure. But what a welcome sight. A bright beacon in the barren January landscape.
I want a bit of that in the house too – which is looking sad now it’s been stripped of its festive finery. Bulbs are cheerful, fresh and bright. Plus, you get the pleasure of watching them grow and flower.
Now, growing your own indoor bulbs is one thing, but buying them is even easier. And pretty cheap too.I found some pots of grape hyacinths for sale outside Wilko’s – six little shoots crammed in a little pot – for £1 each.
You can put the plastic pot as it is straight into a larger planter like this one…
Or you can repot them yourself in pretty cups, bowls or pots.
A couple of hours before you start, moisten the soil. Then remove the plastic pot and ease apart the bulbs. Carefully place them into your pots (green shoots above soil level) and surround them with a little of the remaining soil and press down gently. You probably won’t need any extra soil unless you’re planting them in something much bigger than the original plastic pot.
Keep moist and finish off with a little moss (I scraped mine off the garden path!)
Sweet and simple!
You can find all sorts of bulbs in the shops and supermarkets at the moment. My favourites are little narcissi, hyacinths and these grape hyacinths. I used a vintage bowl and a small urn from my shop (which originally held a candle).