Plant tulips now for a splash of joyous colour in the spring

by Bonnie

To get the most of out of your garden in the spring, now is the time to prepare flower beds for the next load of bulbs before the winter frosts set in and the ground becomes too hard to dig.



To get the most of out of your garden in the spring, now is the time to prepare flower beds for the next load of bulbs before the winter frosts set in and the ground becomes too hard to dig.

This is the advice of Sheila Averbuch, editor of Stopwatchgardener.com, who noted that time-strapped individuals who want all the glory of a beautiful garden for a fraction of the time and effort can start planting their tulip bulbs now.

"November through December, even into early January, you can plant tulips," she explained.

"You can have a few tulip bulbs that are going to come up in April or May. The tulip season goes from March through to May and you can have tulips for eight or ten weeks."

Green-fingered persons could also stake out a container and fill it with snowdrops to provide a splash of interest in December, January and February, when most other flowers have gone into hibernation to escape the snow and frost.

Ms Averbuch also recommends having a corner of the garden that traps the sun as a place to sit and relax during the winter.

"If you can, try to put a seat in your garden that's going to get the tiny bit of sun you have on a cold winter's day. You can get out there all wrapped up with your cup of coffee and feel a little bit of sun in your face," she said.

"If you put a chair somewhere where the sun's going to be, it might pull you out of the house. Even spending a little bit of time outside, if you're a gardener in the winter, is going to make you feel better."

This could help the seven per cent of people in Britain who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression triggered by a reduction in natural light in the winter months.

Another one in five (17 per cent) is thought to experience a milder form of the condition, according to the Telegraph, so taking pleasure in one's garden is a sure-fire way of setting your sights on the joys of spring.

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