Gardening: Time to plant tulipsBy Linda Fort
November 24, 2012
November is a good month for planting tulips and yet if you try to buy bulbs now, you’ll be lucky to get any.
I managed to find a pack of Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Corona’ which is a species tulip also known as a waterlily type because of its shape.
These I put in a spare empty pot ready to move into a prominent position in spring when they flower.
So it is worth searching the garden centres now because there is still time to plant tulips this month and you might even get some bargains.
It is a good time to support your local garden centre, which has probably transformed itself into a Christmas winter wonderland.
Times are hard for local businesses so if you need to replenish your Christmas decorations, why not take a trip out to a garden centre in the next few weeks?
The parking is generally plentiful and free and they often have good gift ideas for more than just the gardener in the family.
On my trip I found some suitable plants to create an outdoor display with a slightly Christmassy feeling.
It is far too early in my view to put a Christmas wreath on the front door but I have an array of containers around the porch and I don’t want them to clash with the wreath when I finally do put one in place.
I have chosen a combination of skimmias, cyclamen and purple and crimson violas.
The effect is warm and mellow and will look good with the holly, ivy and berries when I hang the wreath in place.
There are still jobs to do in the garden and today the sun is beaming down.
First I will rake the leaves off the lawn, then tidy the borders a little while still trying to leave some seedheads for the birds.
The wet weather has flattened a lot of the taller flowering perennials, making the prospect of a pretty winter frost display rather unlikely.
Berries also seem to be disappearing fast, thanks to the pigeons, and I am wondering whether there will be anything to deck the halls with when the time comes.
Still Christmas is a way off, and there is still some late autumn work to get busy with while the weather remains dry and sunny.