This autumn I have treated myself to huge amounts of flower bulbs. Bulbs are expensive to buy, both in Norway and Sweden. When we were in Poland a couple of years ago, I was surprised that the price for flower bulbs was a fraction of what I am used to pay. I bought narcissus, alliums, and crocuses which have performed well. I had hoped to go to Poland to buy more, but due to corona, we’ve not been able to travel.
Nonetheless, I have actually planted more than 1000 bulbs this autumn. I waited until the bulbs were on sale and was able to secure alliums, snowdrops, scillas, tulips, narcissus, and more for up to 80% discount from the Norwegian web shop Plukkselv.no. The sale was in the last week of November and I was nervous as to whether I would be able to get them in the ground in time, particularly since I only have the weekends to plant.
Planting flower bulbs in the last minute
The days were getting colder but I managed to get all the bulbs in the ground in the last weekend of November. That proved to be the absolute chance I had since we had frost a few days later. I was lucky to receive some help from two friends who visited the farm to plant the bulbs.
Since we have problems with deer, I have mainly chosen plants that are deer resistant. Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist buying a few tulips, but I have planted most of them in containers. My hope is that I can have some control with when and where I place them. By the way, I have planted more types that these images show.
Waiting for the spring
After some planting, I lost track over where I had planted what. It is difficult to envision the height of the plant together with the time it will perform, whilst taking into consideration that other plants will cover the withering leaves when it has outperformed. Still, I guess I have to wait for the spring to see the result. Since most of what I have bought are perennials (I hope), there is a chance I will have to move some.
Anyway, I can hardly wait for the spring to come.