As I've been away for a couple of weeks I'm a bit behind on my ordering so it was fortunate that we had some crackers on QVC this week. I normally like to buy my bulbs early, since the best varieties often sell out quickly.
If I'm buying from the garden centre, I'm usually very choosy. I always pick the biggest bulbs as they'll produce the best flowers. And I like to give them a little squeeze too, as mouldy or soft bulbs just aren't worth buying.
Most bulbs can be planted anytime in the autumn until early December. Generally, the sooner you put them in, the earlier they'll flower next spring. However, tulips are best planted from mid-October onwards when the temperature is a little lower.
There are many wonderful varieties to choose from, but here is my personal choice:
Tulips: For pots try Red Riding Hood, while Ballerina and Angelique look fabulous anywhere.
Crocus: Barr’s Purple is breathtaking and is perfect for pots, borders and naturalising in lawns.
Packs of these enchanting early flowering crocus are being sold in the garden centres this autumn to raise money for the Greenfingers charity, which builds much-needed gardens at children’s hospices. Look out for the special packs (30 bulbs for £2.99) and treat yourself to one of the prettiest of all spring flowering bulbs!