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Bulbs go in for winter blooms

• Foster’s Harry the Gold Miner statue in Pearl Park is surrounded by daffodil and tulip bulbs, newly planted by South Gippsland Shire Council gardener Shaun Taggart, Foster parks and gardens team leader Paul Robinson, and second-year apprentice Ash Cripps on Tuesday morning April 13, 2021.

LITERALLY hundreds of flower bulbs have just gone into municipal garden beds in Foster, promising a glorious display of winter blooms during June and July.

White “Accent” daffodils and purple “Saigon” tulips were sown around the bronze statue of Harry the Gold Miner in Pearl Park, and in the centre of the Hoddle Road, Victory Avenue, McDonald Street and Main Street roundabout.

South Gippsland Shire Council’s Foster parks and gardens team leader Paul Robinson, gardener Shaun Taggart and second-year apprentice Ash Cripps placed the bulbs in precise lines and circles on Tuesday morning April 13, 2021.

The actual planting followed the removal of the beds’ previous summertime occupants, as well as careful replenishing of the soil.

“We build up the beds twice a year, in autumn before ANZAC Day and in spring by Remembrance Day, before they’re replanted with the next season’s selection,” Paul said.

“We use a special mixture of animal manure, blood and bone, compost, steam-cut lucerne chaff and slow-release fertiliser,” he said.

“After the bulbs we’ll be filling up the rest of the garden beds, including those further along Main Street, with all sorts of winter vegetables, herbs and annuals.

“We order the plants three months in advance, and people can expect to see some of the brassicas, including broccoli, cauliflower and silverbeet, and a number of different herbs like oregano, thyme and parsley.

“In the flower department there’ll be mixed pansies, primulas and violas to add even more colour and contrast,” Paul said.

“The bulbs will be coming up in a month or so, and we’re expecting them to be flowering for four to six weeks during June and through into July.”

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