With the Autumn clean up well under way in the garden it is easy to become disheartened about the short days and cold weather ahead of us. One great tonic for these Autumn blues is to look ahead to the Spring and all the beauty it brings. This is now the time to be planting Spring bulbs and, as usual here at Gravetye, we are planting by the thousand.
Each year we strive to enhance the meadows by bulking up the existing bulbs so we can look forward to a Spring packed with colour. Already this Autumn, we have been busy with Crocus and Camassias in the meadow and orchard. This week Arthur and Steve, armed with our bulb planter, have been adding 500 Fritillaria Meleagris bulbs to the Wild Garden and 1,000 Gladiolus Communis Byzantinus to the bank above the sunken path.
In the coming weeks, however, as we finish the Autumn clearance in the flower garden beds, these bulb planting efforts will be eclipsed by the introduction of nearly 10,000 tulip bulbs through the formal areas of the garden. Trowels at the ready everyone!