Six photographs from Spring last year to get us in the mood for bulb planting this autumn:-
I start with snowdrops coming up which you can read about here
The first burst of colour comes from the early narcissi. Some are in the borders permanently and some I put in pots. When they are over I lift them and tuck them in the border to die down and put down roots for the next year.
Early narcissi in February – varieties are probably February Gold and Tete a tete
Then come some early species tulips, tiny delicate things flowering in April and onwards.
Tiny species tulips, probably clusiana Cynthia or similar
All my main season tulips are orange/red/peach and in between.
Fabulous lily-flowered Ballerina tulips, smelling of orange sherbet
These are probably Orange Princess or Princes Irene
Later in the season in May come the parrot tulips. These look like Rococo or could be Doorman’s Record.
Parrot tulips – Rococo or Doorman’s Record
Purple Sensation alliums
In May the alliums come along. My favourites are Purple Sensation and Christophii. I need to plant two dozen or so to get a good display.
I certainly don’t wish time to hurry through winter to get to spring but what I do love about gardening is that we are always thinking ahead. In October I will be thinking of daffodils and in November/December I’ll be thinking about tulips.