Caption: Tulips in the garden
Caption: Ronaldo tulips in the long toms
Caption: Tulips in the barrel

It'll be worth it!

 With ‘lockdown’ set to remain in place for the coming weeks, I’m reminded of the life-lesson that effort put in now will produce results further down the line. This is definitely the case with gardening. The tulips that are putting on a show in our gardens currently are the result of bulbs planted in the dark days of autumn.

Sometimes, during rainy November days, the instinct is to hibernate rather than plant. At those times I have to really push myself to get those tulips bulbs in. Last autumn, I literally opened some bags of our bulb compost, filled a few long toms (once the tomatoes finished) and rammed my Ronaldo bulbs in at the depth I could barely read on the muddy packet. This was promptly followed by a retreat back to the house with a stoic shrug ‘lets just see what happens’. You can see the results below:


We also have a tulip barrel which has rather lost its mojo over the past few years, but I mulched it with a remaining bag of our Bulb Compost and it seems to have given them a real boost:

So lets all dig deep, stay-in but keep gardening…it’ll be worth it in the end.



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