345/366: sharing a bed

After planting out excess daffodil bulbs outside the rear bay window, and enjoying a lovely display of yellow in spring, I realised that if I planted autumn bulbs in between the daffodils, then I would get two seasons of colour from one garden bed.

daffodils in the bed

daffodils will share a bed with nerines

To this end, I took the pot of over-crowded nerines and separated them.Then I laid them out between the daffodils, the dead leaves having now been trimmed. With the help of my trusty bulb remover, the task was not difficult.

placing the nerinesShadow even helped. By helping I mean he played with a dead daffodil leaf.

Shadow helps

By the time I finished I had three pots of bulbs, plus two garden beds. That gives you an idea of how packed in they were. It was like living in a tenement and moving out to the country. Hope they survive having all that space. Maybe they’ll take a year or two to settle in, but bulbs are thankfully fairly resilient.

mulched and ready to growAnother lot of nerine bulbs are located on the other side of this path, and should create a nice mass of pink on either side.

mulchedHopefully the flowers will look something like this:

nerine closeup

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112/366: nice nerines

My nerines are flowering. One of the things I love about bulbs is that they almost appear out of nowhere, and can be an unexpected delight.

I recently found an old magazine article about nerines, which originated from South Africa, and learned some interesting facts. You may already know that when they flower there is no foliage. They can be placed in light shade or sun, but make sure the soil is well-drained. Apparently in very rich soil flowering can be delayed because they concentrate on building themselves up into a clump before displaying blooms.

After flowering is when the foliage appears. I just learnt that it is advisable to keep them dry during their summer dormancy, to prevent rain breaking their little hibernation period, thus spoiling the sequence and having no autumn flowers. One way to prevent this occurrence is to plant them in pots so they can be readily moved to sheltered position for their summer sleep.

There are thirty species of nerines, but I only have these pink ones, which make a lovely display of colour in early autumn.