Some early crocusses have peeped out of the grass..lovely!!
Soon, we will be able to walk throught the local bluebell woods here.
It would not be a bad idea to plant some bluebells yourself in the coming autumn- as the colour is gorgeous and they do as well in a shaded area in your garden as in a forest.
Whilst we are talking about bulbs, I would like to put in a word for bulbs and tubers, not just for spring, but for year- round colour- and easy gardening.
Once the ground warms up again, you can still plant all kind of bulbs and tubers.
To keep garden work to a minimum so you can actually spend time in your deck chair instead of on your knees in the garden, may I suggest the humble crocosmia?
It grows quite vigourously and can be planted in quite a range of colours. I went for orange -very strong and sturdy- and combined it with orange Californian poppies, red cosmos, and red Dahlia's for a bit of a clash and a pop of colour last year .This will give you quite a long stretch of colour all through the first frosts..The first shoots of crocosmia are already coming up.. it is a fantastic ground cover as well-
so : colour- not much work and - reliable.
A win- win situation I would say!
Then , also, the queen of bulbs, the lily.
Also already coming up in the garden with it's first shoots..I planted them last year in a palette of pale green , and white, and paired them up with the Nicotiana Langdorfii, a new discovery for me.
Very rewarding.( You can see the Nicotiana Langdorfii in the left of the picture here below).Fantastic scent and so elegant.
I would also recommend ornamental onions- below a nice combination of white ornamental onions, white anemone japonica, and yellow Welsh poppies- which I saw last year in Chisenbury Priory. They are so striking and also great in flower decorations and displays. I love the way they designed this gentle shape of the garden, and might give it a try somewhere in my garden- I already have the urn in the middle so I have a starting point anyway.
Here is a detail of the white ornamental onions...
The great thing with bulbs is, that , once you have put them in,they will appear year after year for you with no effort on your side at all! This is not always the case with tulips, as one magnificent display the first year, will hardly ever repeat the second year.The execption are the botanical tulips- so I have gone for those last year and am looking foward to my lovely stripy tulips coming up in a few weeks, as they are also very early..which I think is an extra bonus as one longs for the winter to end and then there you have some lovely colour in your garden..
and here are some more...
Are you all ready for Valentine's day by the way? You can't go wrong with a beautiful bunch of parrot tulips- Estella Rijnveldt is my absolute favourite.
You can find them here and here for instance and at lots of nurseries, just Google " Estella Rijnveldt"..
Every year I swear I will plant them, and I always forget.. but I will one day..and for a Valentine's meal..
as a starter.. some beautiful fresh oysters..
I hope I have inspired you to go out and get yourself some fantastic bulbs to start the gardening year...
Here's looking to spring!!
Maud and Millie
If you want to read more about Maud and Millie's adventures you can read it here