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Gardening: Planting bulbs – gardener Arthur Parkinson’s “list of summer bulbs” for the garden


Arthur Parkinson is a gardener from Nottingham who has won a legion of fans on Instagram. The Gardener’s World guest is known for his adorable hens, as well as his stunning displays of bulbs he grows in his garden.

The Kew Gardens-trained gardener published his book The Flower Yard: Growing Flamboyant Flowers in Containers in March last year.

He also runs the “Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange” podcast with fellow gardener Sarah Raven.

The blub growing aficionado detailed his “list of summer bulbs” to his 80,000 Instagram followers.

Dahlia was first on Arthur’s list.

The gardener is looking to buy a number of varieties from Sarah Raven.

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Lilies are another plant that Arthur will add to his garden, sourcing his own from online seller Farmer Gracy.

Cannas will also be making an appearance in Arthur’s garden this year after he “love the foliage and the presence of Cannnas in the Chatsworth Exotic Garden last September”.

He continued, “I grow Wyoming canna and they also have a brilliant collection of gladioli of my three favorite varieties of plum pie, bimbo and espresso.

“Try gladioli, the easiest thing to grow for summer rockets, and these varieties are amazing.”

Tips for planting bulbs in pots

Plant bulbs the right way

It can be difficult to tell the correct way to point your bulbs. The more pointed end is the one that should face up.

However, if you really can’t tell, plant the bulb on its side.

Properly space the bulbs

Make sure to put enough space between bulbs. Leave about the width of a bulb between each bulb.

Choose the right container

Bulb containers should have good drainage, retaining enough water to keep the plants healthy but not to soak them.

Another gardener suggested a trick for growing sweet peas in used toilet paper rolls.

The gardening Instagram account, Old House in the Shires, is run by an avid gardener, Sophie, who has been gardening for 15 years.

She wrote: “Sweet peas can be grown easily from seed anytime from October to April.

“They are particularly great for beginners because they grow quickly.”