planting in pipes

Diane Whitehead
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 09:37:12 PDT
I'd like some ideas about what to plant in a new project.

A neighbour left a pile of new red clay drain tiles (12 cm across by  
30 cm long) at the roadside, with a sign saying "FREE".  I took them  
all because I thought they would be good for growing bulbs.  I now  
have them standing up, braced with some slightly larger red clay  
chimney flues (20 cm square by 30 cm long), ready for planting.

However, I'm not sure which of my many pots of bulb seedlings should  
be planted in them.

Nothing tender, as we do get frost.  This year was a bad one, with  
temperatures down to minus 9 C.

We seldom have rain between May and October, so bulbs that require  
summer drought don't really need a special place, other than to keep  
them separate and labelled.

The  tops of the tiles could be covered to keep off winter rain for  
bulbs that require dryness then.

Any ideas - not necessarily specific, just general will do.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

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