Part of the joy of gardening is that you're always learning. I've always loved Ranunculus (Persian Buttercups) but until now, I've bought them as pot grown plants in flower. Last summer, I was talking to Carolyn Whetman about them and was surprised to discover that she sells corms toprofessional growers. She kindly sent some to me to try and told me how tough they are.
So I put them to the ultimate test and planted them in the depths of winter, in my un-heated greenhouse. Yet, despite temperatures going well below freezing, they have sprouted and are romping away! I'm staggered at how how resilient they are. I'd always thought they needed plenty of tenderloving care…but they don't!
One of the stars in my greenhouse at the moment are my Narcissus Paperwhite Erlicheer (pictured) which I bought from De Jager. I've always said that bigger bulbs give better results and here's living proof. The 14+ size bulbs have produced good plants and plenty of flower buds, while the 17+ size bulbs (the same variety) have produced much bigger plants and even better flowers. They are absolutely breathtaking and worth every single penny of the extra cost.
Out in the garden, I've started my spring clean and began by tidying up my patio. I was lucky enough to be given an advance sample of Sunday's Today's Special Value, the Ultimate patio brush and moss/weed remover from Langdon European. It took me minutes to brush out the moss from the cracks in the patio, and then I used the broom to sweep everything clean. It did a great job, and it's incredible value too!
I'm due back on air soon, with those fantastic easy-fill baskets. I thought the price was wrong, but it's true, four baskets plus chains for less than £5 each, and free postage and packing too. No wonder they're flying out!