Some of us still have remnants of the winter’s snow and ice stubbornly clinging to garden beds, but these photos were taken in a sheltered spot at the home of Ruby Pulsiver, a Life Member of Chester Garden Club.
We are watching for more signs of Spring and we hope to post more photos of crocuses as well as snowdrops, daffodils and tulips as the weeks go by. If you have photos to share, we’d love to hear from you.
Now that Mother Nature is finally teasing us with a hint of Spring, Chester Garden Club opened its 2009 year on March 16th with an illustrated talk by Logie Cassells on the care and nurture of bulbs. He also had a hand-out – The Bulb Cheat sheet – that provided a variety of tips to make the most of your bulbs. Logie encouraged us to plant bulbs for all seasons, but he also shared a dream with us. He challenged all members of the club to begin planting a large number of spring-flowering bulbs over the next five years, so that by 2013 spring-time in Chester would see the village awash in colourful drifts of snow-drops, crocuses and daffodils. Are Chester gardeners up to the challenge?
In closing, a tip for more colourful bulbs, submitted by a member of the Chester club: Spring bulbs should be fertlilized when shoots first appear (a liquid 20-20-20), and remember that spring bulbs can be transplanted “in the green” but be sure to add bone meal.