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Plant now for beautiful Christmas bulbs

Fresh flowers in winter always seem like a gift from the new year: a little bit of spring come early

Make Beautiful Christmas Presents and Fresh Flower Displays to Decorate your Home

MyGardenSchool Tutor and multi-gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy McIndoe, is urging us all to plant bulbs indoors now to reap the benefits at Christmas. Not only will the flowers make fabulous displays to guarantee cheer in the deep midwinter, but also make excellent Christmas presents. But you must be quick – bulbs need to be planted by mid-September to flower for Christmas – giving you just over one week to get planting!

Andy McIndoe said: “There’s been a lot of press over the last few weeks about buying bulbs to plant in your garden for next spring. That is certainly sound advice, but we shouldn’t forget that there’s a lot of life left in 2011 yet, and that we have the festive season just around the corner.

“Fresh flowers in winter always seem like a gift from the new year: a little bit of spring come early. That is why a pot of home grown flowers can really cheer up a home at Christmas and also make such a thoughtful Christmas gift.”

For some deliciously delicate and fragrant bulbs to plant for Christmas, go to the “Bulbs for Christmas” page on the MyGardenSchool website.

The advice isn’t just for keen gardeners either: following the instructions below it is easy for even those without a single green finger to create a pot of bulbs that will be bursting with life and colour at Christmas.

Instructions:

• Buy ‘prepared’ bulbs (they will flower more quickly)
• Partly fill your pot of choice with potting compost or moist bulb fibre
• Place your bulbs in the pot – close but not touching – and cover them, but leave the tops exposed
• Water well
• Put the pot somewhere cool and, ideally, dim – the shed, a darker corner of the greenhouse, a cool cupboard etc.
• Keep the plant here, and the earth moist, for 8-12 weeks. The plants will be ready to come into the light when the green shoots are approximately 5cm high
• Bring the pot into a cool, well lit room and it should flower for Christmas

Andy McIndoe is currently teaching an online gardening course on planting flowerbulbs on MyGardenSchool. Designed with spring bulbs in mind, the course guides students from buying bulbs through to planning and planting a beautiful spring garden. This no nonsense course is crammed full of facts and tips, including how to blend scents and colour, and how to naturalise bulbs in grass.

My Garden School is the world's first online gardening school where students can learn from gardening experts about how to do absolutely everything in the garden from keeping bees or hens, landscaping, design, growing vegetables and herbs, building treehouses or growing the perfect roses. And everything in between. All of our tutors are outstanding in their field (and gardens), being accomplished gardeners and acclaimed gardening writers. Our courses are four weeks long, and video tutorials are delivered weekly, together with course notes and assignments that will be assessed by your tutor. You also get to chat to your tutor online, as well as your classmates, in the 'virtual classroom'. MyGardenSchool will teach you everything about gardening – virtually. But don't take our word for it - check out our online gardening courses for yourself.

About Andy McIndoe

Andy McIndoe has over thirty years’ experience as a practical horticulturist, and has designed and advised on gardens of all sizes. At this year’s Chelsea Flower Show he broke the RHS record by winning his 66th consecutive gold medal. A regular contributor to magazines, newspapers and BBC Radio, he lectures widely and has authored books on hardy shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, flower bulbs and garden design.

About MyGardenSchool

MyGardenSchool Ltd is a unique global online horticultural classroom. Whether you want to grow organic veg, create enviable flower borders, nurture that perfect lawn, or simply give a good home to an egg laying chicken – MyGardenSchool offers a high quality range of gardening courses taught by some of the world’s top tutors and delivered right to your green fingertips. For more information, please go to www.my-garden-school.com.

Press contact: Tara Sinclair at MyGardenSchool, Tel: 07968 514 802, tara@my-garden-school.com

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