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A gift of flowers for later

What could be nicer than a surprise gift? Give yourself a nice little gift for later: while getting your garden or terrace ready for winter, plant some beautiful flower bulbs. By planting bulbs in September, their wonderful flowers in a wide range of colours will give you a delightful surprise next spring. By that time, you probably will have forgotten you planted them. That doesn’t matter, though, because you’ll only truly be surprised unless you suddenly think, ‘Oh, of course! Those were the ones I planted back then. And now I’m enjoying that gift to myself.’

Pink: all sweetness and light

Pink is the colour that reminds us to take things a bit easier. The colour that says, ‘Just keep it simple and enjoy the moment’. Would you like more sweetness and light in your life?  Would you like to be less critical of yourself and others? If so, plant tulips and hyacinths in various tints of pink.

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Flaming red

Do you love excitement in your life? Is passion, sensuality and energy important for you in your garden? If so, red would be a good choice. After all, red is a strong intense colour with a character you can’t ignore. Red tulips, for example, are a good choice for giving your garden a touch of excitement.

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Mixing it up

When it comes to colours and shapes in your garden, there are no hard and fast rules. What’s important is what you like and what makes you happy. If this happens to be a dazzling display of many varieties in many colours, don’t hesitate to combine your bulbs. Just choose tulips, daffodils, crocuses, crown imperials and ornamental onions, etc. in various colours. Then mix them all up in a pail, toss them into the garden at random and plant them wherever they land. Now won’t that be a surprising little gift to yourself next spring?

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Too much of a fuss?

Planting all these bulbs in September seems like a big fuss, but you’d be surprised at what little work it is. And the effect you create will make it more than worth the effort. Dig a hole in the ground, put the bulbs into the hole with their noses pointed up, and cover them with the soil you dug out. That’s all there is to it. As a reminder for how deep to plant your bulbs, think of ‘3 bulbs deep’. So, if you can stack up three bulbs in the hole, nothing can go amiss. The best time to plant bulbs is from the beginning of October to the end of November. And don’t forget: gardening helps you relax. So it isn’t just the result that counts - you’re also being good to yourself while you’re busy planting. 

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