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Spring meadow

 

This formula – the “Spring Meadow” – has actually been realized at Keukenhof gardens in Lisse.
Keukenhof is the largest flowerbulbdisplay in the world. In April and /May 7.million flowerbulbs colour this great place and it delights thousands of visitors every year.

At a number of sunny places in the lawn, wave-shaped areas were cut out of the sod to a depth of more than 10 cm (4 inches). These shapes were filled with sharp sand that was then mixed together with the soil below and above it. This created perfect spots to plant small bulbs for naturalising: over a surface of around 500 m²/600 square yards, 55,000 bulbs composed of 35 different kinds were mixed and scattered and then planted by hand. At the Keukenhof, the planting of these bulbs was also accompanied by the sowing of a flower meadow seed mix so that the bulbs would emerge among a haze of herbaceous plants that would then provide weeks of colour once the bulb flowers had faded.

Any bulbous plants suitable for naturalising that also have a more or less “uncultivated” look can be included in this kind of mixture. The flower bulbs used for the Spring Meadow at the Keukenhof were distributed at a rate of approximately 150 bulbs/m² or 180 bulbs/square yard and were made up of the following varieties:

Bellevalia pycnantha
Chionodoxa forbesii
Chionodoxa luciliae
Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'
Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'
Leucojum aestivum 'Graveteye Giant'
Muscari aucheri 'Blue Magic'
Muscari 'Valerie Finnis'
Narcissus 'Jack Snipe'
Narcissus 'Jetfire'
Narcissus poeticus recurvus
Narcissus 'Topolino'
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Scilla siberica
Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'
Tulipa clusiana
Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane'
Tulipa linifolia
Tulipa tarda
Tulipa urumiensis