Joseph De Sciose
Begin with a container. Plant an array of bulbs in layers now, and flowers will appear at intervals throughout spring. Think of the tiny irises as appetizers to the season, followed by the grape hyacinths. Next, delight in miniature narcissus. Build up to a feast of large daffodils. Then, as the icing on the cake, finish with a topping of violas that bloom from fall through late spring. The best part is that prep time takes less than 30 minutes.
Choose a Pot
The key is having a large, clear drainage hole. The best pot for you depends on what you plan to grow.
Recipe for Success
Potting soil is essential; do not use garden dirt in a container.
After planting, add water until it flows out of the pot's bottom. During dry spells, add moisture as the violas require it. Soak the pot well to keep the bulbs at the bottom hydrated.
After the first flowers finish in spring, cut off spent blooms. Leave the foliage alone, and the next round of bulbs will bloom up through it. When the show concludes in late spring, empty the pot, and plant the bulbs in your garden for years of enjoyment.
"Instant Miniature Bulb Garden" is from the November 2005 issue of Southern Living.