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The latest trend in gardening: make your own flower bulb blend

It's the latest gardening trend: combining various kinds of flower bulbs, simply scattering them about in the garden, and then planting them wherever they land. Next spring, your personalised flower bulb blend will give you a garden with exactly the unique colours you intended. So what are you waiting for? Mix up those flower bulbs and get them planted!

Unique

Blending flower bulbs isn't difficult. Just choose the flower bulbs that will produce flowers in the colours, shapes, heights and fragrances that you prefer. Will it be large brightly coloured crown imperials combined with tulips in a softer hue? Or will it be five different kinds of flower bulbs that produce flowers in the same colour? However you do it, anything goes. Next spring, your customised flower bulb blend will brighten your days with its personal touch.

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Choosing from the many kinds of flower bulbs

Creating your own flower bulb blend is really fun! But where to start in choosing them? You can choose from ones used as annuals, used as perennials, and ones that produce more bulbs every year. The annuals are known for their vivid colours. Tulips, daffodils and crocuses are kinds that will provide your garden with an explosion of colour. But maybe you'd prefer a combination of flower bulbs that will give your a repeat performance the following year. If so, choose perennial flower bulbs such as Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa) and Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides). You can even blend flower bulbs like Siberian squill (Scilla) and certain varieties of daffodil (Narcissus) that will then naturalise. This means they will increase in number year after year.

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A nice little trick

Here's a handy little trick for blending flower bulbs. For the most natural result, put all of your flower bulbs in a large bucket and then get your hands in there and mix them all up. Now scatter the mixture nonchalantly over the place in the garden where you are going to plant them. Once all the flower bulbs are scattered, plant them exactly where they landed. This can be done from September until the end of December as long as it's before the first freeze.

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