Bring on the spring flowers


Tulips and roses are looking good right now.

What’s blooming in your patch?

Spring blooms

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Such beauty in one bouquet. These spring arrangements include a mix of pretty pastels and look as though they’ve been plucked straight from the garden. The main flowers in the top two images include tulips, roses, clematis and astilbes.

Astilbes produce their fluffy blooms from spring through summer, with plants growing best in part shade and moist soil. The silver-felted leaves look to be Senecio cineraria ‘Cirrus’. Unfortunately, as far as I know, we don’t have this plant in NZ.

The bottom arrangement includes dogwood branches, hellebores, ranunculi and purple lilac. Such a delicious spring mix.

Images via  Once Wed (top and middle) and The Knot (bottom photo).

Plant Now: Tulips


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Tulip bulbs can be planted now – and up to June in warm areas. Plant at least twice the depth of the bulb, in a sunny position in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Add slow-release fertiliser to the soil when planting.

Tulips grow well in containers too, but potted tulips must be kept in a cool spot for several months for flowers to bloom successfully. Pots quickly heat up in sun, so place in a shady part of the garden and water enough to keep the soil just moist. When the first shoots appear, shift the container into strong light and then gradually into direct sunlight and increase watering.

Plant for a spring fling

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I haven’t visited one of my favourite blogs, Saipua, for a while, but every time I go there it’s love at first site. How could you not love Sarah’s beautifully designed floral arrangements? Showing here is a profusion of spring blooms, and if you time your planting right, you can be cutting these lovely flowers from your garden in spring too. That means planting now. Last chance this month to plant anemones (the main ingredient here) and tulips, although you can, of course, buy these plants when in flower in spring (as early as winter for anemones).

Visit Saipua to see more lovely flowers and arrangements.

Plant Now: Tulips

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Have you been chilling your tulip bulbs in the fridge for the past few weeks? Then you can dig them out and plant them now. Whether grown in the ground or in pots, in frost-free areas tulip bulbs require a period of chilling before planting. In cooler areas, no chilling is needed, although chilling does produce taller plants and earlier flowering.

Tulips are best planted in late autumn (mid to late May) when the soil temperatures are cooler. Plant in a sunny position in deep, rich, well-drained soil. You can add a slow-release fertiliser to the soil when planting, or use a low-nitrogen, high-potassium fertiliser throughout growth.  [Read more…]

Teach tulips to sit up

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Tulips often misbehave as cut flowers. They bend and contort as they continue to grow. To straighten them up, cut stems on an angle, then roll each flower tightly in newspaper, extending it above the blooms but leaving the lower third of the stems free. Stand in a vase of cool water in a cool spot for two to three hours. Unwrap to reveal upright tulips.