Category Archives: Gardening

Holidays Gone

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and well, the holidays are finally over. I say “finally” in a mixed bag of emotion, since I love the family and friends and the time spent together, but at the same time, I also love the peace, quiet, and rest that comes when it’s all done.

Of course, rest rarely lasts long as there’s always work to be done. Still a weekend or so dozing in front of the fireplace won’t hurt anyone. Maybe a long weekend..

Sitting in front of a fireplace

This time of year is also when gardeners of every type begin thinking about the spring and what it will bring. Seed catalogs, thoughts of compost, maybe an idea or two to sketch out for a new layout somewhere.. that’s what happens to those with dirt in their nails after the busy months of winter’s holidays are done. We start thinking fondly of worms, absentmindedly turning imaginary soil as we daydream about the coming spring warmth and the flowers it always brings.

Yesterday was one of those days for me. I flipped through a seed catalog, only marginally paying attention to the offerings therein, as I aimlessly considered ways I could change the back patio’s hanging plant-based symmetry. Of course, before long, the greenhouse comes to mind, then…


Well, you get the picture. This time of year is, at least for me, the antsiest time. It’s too early to begin anything in the garden, but just about the right time to order seeds before spring prices begin to emerge. Nurseries and greenhouses obviously have year-round happenings with their growing, but not all of us are involved in that hands-on.

So we daydream and absently till soil that isn’t there instead.

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

How to embellish your Garden with Beautiful flower bulbs?

Flowering bulbs are one of the most wonderful ways to add splashes of tropical colors to your garden. A flower bulb is essentially a food storage locker for plants. Moreover, the bulb contains almost everything the plant requires to sprout and flower. Furthermore, flower bulbs can be classified into two categories:

Spring flowering bulbs: These flowers are winter hardy and need a frost and period of dormancy before they can bloom. These flowers can add a great beauty to your garden when few other plants are in flower during spring season. However, recognizing when and how to plant spring bulbs is indispensable for the finest displays. Some vital tips for planting spring bulbs are as follows:

Field of Beautiful Flowers Bulbs

Field of Beautiful Flowers Bulbs

  • Start planting spring flowering bulbs in between October and December, prior to the coldest winter weather sets in
  • Always choose healthy bulbs
  • Positioning bulbs at their proper depth helps ensure their longevity
  • Most of the bulbs should be planted at three times their depth. Moreover, check the planting directions that come with the bulbs
  • Water the bulbs after planting to stimulate the roots to grow
  • Always pick the right spot for planting these bulbs. Most bulbs do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • If the bulb has a pointed end, keep that side facing up while planting them
  • Mix compost into your bulbs’ planting holes to ensure good blooming
  • For natural effect, either dig a large area and plant bulk flower bulbs at once or simply dig holes and plant them wherever they fall.
  • When the bulbs have completed blooming, cut down the flower stalks to ground level
  • Some spring flower bulbs are: dahlias, gladiola, begonias, caladium, tuberose cannas, elephant ears, oxalis, pineapple lilies, tigridia, etc.

Summer bulbs: These bulbs are not winter hardy and usually fall into the category of tender bulbs that cannot grow in areas experiencing frosts. These bulbs are perfect for patio containers and add color to mixed borders without taking up much space. Some important tips for planting summer bulbs are as follows:

Bouquet of Roses

Bouquet of Roses

  • Select dry bulbs when they’re as fresh as possible
  • Choose healthy and bigger bulbs as they’ll produce bigger blooms
  • Try to plant these bulbs soon after purchasing them
  • These bulbs must be planted in spring, when the soil is starting out to heat up
  • They are generally planted between March and June
  • The ideal soil temperature to plant summer bulbs is usually 13°C.
  • Summer bulbs generally need a warm and sunny position
  • Free-draining soil is significant as bulbs are capable to decomposing
  • Dig individual holes for each bulb or a trench for many bulbs
  • Plant bulbs in the holes without pushing down hard
  • Make sure the growing point is pointing upwards
  • Most of the summer bulbs are ideal for growing in terrace containers, particularly tender variety
  • Most summer bulbs are not hardy so require to be lifted before the first frost
  • Some summer flower bulbs are: gladioli, calla lilies, dahlias, tuberous begonias, crocosmias, etc.

Hence, one can beautify their garden by growing beautiful flower bulbs. All the above mentioned tips can be very helpful in choosing and planting the right flower bulbs at right time in right atmosphere.

Author’s Bio: Ryan is a blogger also having keen interest in gardening. In the above post, he is providing some useful tips for growing bulk flower bulbs to enhance the beauty of a garden.

Flower Garden Ideas

I remember someone once said to me, ‘a house no matter how small becomes lovely if it has a flower garden.’

On the other hand, a house regardless of how big — if it is without flora — seems bare and dry. That’s so true! Plants and flowers add character independent of the size of the home, they somehow unleash a calming sense to whomever looks on.

If you have a flower garden and you want to make it more lovely then you can draw inspiration from the web. There’s plenty of ideas online.

Of course, nothing helps your planning like some hands-on experience … so when you’re out next time, pay close attention to what other folks have. If you like the look of something, make a mental note.

TIP I don’t recommend taking photos with your smart phone – UNLESS you’ve asked the owners permission. I know I’d be unhappy if someone was leaning over my garden wall taking pictures of my front yard!

The real trick with flower gardens is to start your garden with just enough plants to get going, and over time add more until you have a stunning array of colour and beauty.

Of course … if you’re a little impatient and don’t want to wait for the garden to grow, might I suggest a nice big bright bouquet for your table while you wait 🙂

Until next time,

Ken Bolt

How to tell if your soil is too acidic

Hydrangeas are natural pH indicator - Blooms are bloom in acidic soil, and pink in alkaline soil.

Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and today I thought I’d share a cool fact about the Hydrangea – it’s smart. If your garden soil is too acidic the Hydrangea flowers are vibrant blue, and if the soil is too alkali then the blooms are a vibrant pink!

If you have a hydrangea in your garden take a moment and look out the window – in an instant you’ll know if your soil is more acidic or more alkali.

By the way, you can change the colour of your flowers by adding aluminum sulphate or lime. Add aluminum sulphate to make your flowers blue, and and lime to make them pink!

Here’s a website about changing the colour of your hydrangeas.

Apart from changing colours, can you think of any other smart flower features?

Please share your comments below and have a great day,

Until next time,

Ken Bolt