Approaching your gardening from a whole new angle can be refreshing, but I don't recommend this extreme angle. Whilst you can get a good look at low lying weeds and easily spot those hidden courgettes that are turning into monster marrows it can leave you disorientated and confused. Actually the blog title 'gardening upside down' is not so much a reference to my physical orientation but rather a particular gardening error I made.....
This week I was given some very smart new pots as a rather belated house warming present. With Autumn upon us I decided to plant them up with bulbs as a welcoming doorstep display. I planned to layer the bulbs for a full on flower fiesta throughout the spring. The idea is that you plant your bulbs in layers according to their flowering height. Tall ones at the bottom and shorties at the top. So in the bottom layer of compost I put tulip bulbs. In the middle narcissus and in the top went some incy wincy Iris bulbs.
Which way is up?
Unfortunately I wasn't really concentrating (perhaps the residual effect of having been upside down) and couldn't remember whether I had actually put the bulbs in the right way up. I am assured by Grandpa Haxnicks that if I have planted them upside down it won't stop them growing, It may cause a slight delay in growth whilst the shoots re-orientate and perform a U turn! Anyway, I was more careful with the second pot, layering the bulbs nose up. Finally I topped off the pots with mini cyclamen to provide some winter colour whilst the bulbs grow below.
Grandpa Haxnicks has kindly given me some Easy Fleece Jackets to pop over the plants should the weather turn really cold and threaten to damage my doorstep display. All that I need to do now is find some pot feet to help with the drainage. I have been warned to place both the pot feet and my own firmly on the ground!