Looking forward to spring planting

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Narcissi Tete-a-Tete Now the weather is cooling my thoughts turn to planning my spring garden. This year it looked a picture, especially when the tulips were in full bloom.

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:

Daffodils: February Gold and Tete-a-Tete are great in pots. Dutch Master is the best of taller varieties.

Tulips: For pots try Red Riding Hood, while Ballerina and Angelique look fabulous anywhere.

Dwarf Iris: Sky Blue Harmony and Yellow Danfordiae are both fabulous.

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!

Happy gardening

Richard

1 Comment

  1. lorna barlow September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    hi can you please tell me the best time to plant winter pansies or any other winter plants thank you lorna barlow

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