When winter seems to drag on forever, why not bring your own ray of sunshine inside. With bulbs in pots, anyone can enjoy that rush of springtime – even when it’s still chilly outside. In just a few simple steps, you can create colourful accents that might even make you think it’s summer.
Step 1: Shopping
Get going! It’s during January that many garden centres and florists are once again stocking up on pretty new décor items. Christmas has disappeared from the scene, and it’s time for new ideas, new challenges. Select light-coloured pots and other accessories. This winter, there’s a trend toward materials with the weathered look of the seashore. Clean, bright, but gently worn! From January into April (and with a peak in early March), bulbs in pots are widely available. Choose bulbs that will look pretty together. Even if the bulbs aren’t yet displaying signs of their future appearance, the label will often give you a good hint. Remember to consider the size of the pots you’re buying.
Step 2: Location
Once inside, bulbs in pots will usually flower within 7 to 14 days. Naturally, the kind of plants you’ve chosen and the temperature in your home will be factors in this. Do remember, though, that bulbs like winter! If temperatures are warmer than 20°C, their aim is to shoot up, flower and wither as fast as possible. But you can delay this natural reaction by placing them where they will stay in the best condition so you can enjoy them longer. Not too warm!
Step 3: Planting
Some bulbs such as grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum), narcissi and crocuses are better transplanted as a whole cluster of bulbs. But bulbs such as hyacinths and tulips can be transplanted individually or can even be purchased as single bulbs in pots. Sometimes, it’s interesting to rinse off the roots and let the bulb grow over water alone. Since the bulbs have already stored all their nutrients under their tunic, all they need is water to turn this into growth energy.
Step 4: Enjoy!
The nice thing about bulbs in pots is that you can enjoy them for a couple o f weeks and then it will be time to create something new again. Time for more fun! Time to enjoy another pleasant little task involving making something special for your home.
Bulbs in pots: elegant and earthy
Strictly speaking, black, white and grey are not colours, but they still get used a lot in interior design. Many people use these “neutrals” to create balance as well as for impact. Black is powerful and mysterious. When combined with white, grey and pinks/purples, it takes on an undertone of warmth. In combination with browns or greens, the effect is more natural and earthy.
By experimenting with materials of varying textures, you can provide your living room with just the right amount of enticing tension. Try it sometime in January with the first crocuses that become available. Those with a little more patience can choose from an array of white or brown and green hippeastrums and combine them with items made of natural and dark materials to create their own little Lord of the Rings interior. You can achieve this effect in contemporary as well as traditional interiors, as long as they contain enough elements in black, white and grey. To create more warmth, experiment with warmer deeper yellows.