Ian Young's Bulb Log Diary ISSN 2514-6114
I started the Bulb Log in January 2003 as a one year project, with no idea of how popular it would become. The Bulb Log is a fully illustrated garden diary covering all aspects of the bulbs and many other plants we grow, both under glass and in the open garden, giving details of the growing conditions and methods we have developed through the years as well as showing many of the other garden projects.
The end of 2022 brings a close to my twentieth year of writing the Bulb Log every single week and as previously hinted, I am going to be cutting back. I am not going to stop the Bulb Log completely but will write one Log a month for the coming year.
There is a back catalogue of one thousand and forty editions of the Bulb Log available where you can follow how it evolved from around four pages and ten pictures in the early editions to thirty or forty pictures spread over twenty plus pages in more recent years.
If you read back you will also find how the subjects have changed starting from the early years when I concentrated on the growing methods we used for the bulbs in pots to the wider ranging garden and nature subjects I now cover. When dipping back through previous years I am often surprised to be reminded of some of the pictures, subjects and what I wrote.
The first six years of logs were originally written in the html webpage format. These older bulb log pages have been converted to pdf, in the second table, and the original html versions are still available at the bottom of the page. The earlier pages provide another six years of week by week experience and information available for you to browse.
As from 2009 (which is year 7 of the logs) we moved over to the Adobe Acrobat pdf format. This has many advantages, giving me more scope to play about with the layout and also allowing you to save the file to your PC to view off-line or even to print it out as I know some of you prefer.
Please view an entry by clicking the date in one of the tables below.
In March 2015 I started recording the garden on video with over 100 Bulb Log Video Diaries available to view on my YouTube channel with links from the Forum.
You can find further discussion on points arising from comments in the Bulb Log on our Web Forum, and this can be found by clicking HERE
We have a comprehensive Index to the Bulb Log started by Len Rhind, from Canada, then taken on by Kelly Jones in USA, before Tristan Hatton-Ellis in Wales revised and extended it as well as keeping it updated – my grateful thanks to them all. This index lists subjects such as "Air Pots" and "Books" as well as plant names. It is well worth a browse by clicking HERE.
Ian's comprehensive manual to cultivation of Erythroniums in pdf format can be read online and downloaded HERE.
Happy growing! Ian Young
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Current Bulb Logs
Here are links to the Logs. As from 2023 they are in a separate table and are published monthly.
Below these, you will find weekly Logs for every month of the last 20 years as pdf files.
Finally, at the bottom of the page are links to the old original html webpages of the first 5 years for further reference.
Old (Archive) Bulb Logs
These are links to the original html webpages of the 6 earlier years' Logs. They have now been converted to pdfs - which are more convenient to read, and they are available in the table above.