Some of these flowers appeared in my early spring bulb post a couple of weeks ago, but they have increased and new bulbs have come to join in the party. So a quick look around the garden and the pots this week to see what is happening.
- Spring flowering dwarf irises. Last spring I had dwarf Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ growing in a round pot together with early flowering C. tommasinianus – I liked them so much that in the autumn I bought and planted several more varieties.
- Iris reticulata ‘JS Dijit’ a gorgeous red-purple flower marked with a bright gold central band on the falls.
- Iris reticulata ‘Alida’ an attractive soft sky-blue with a yellow throat
- Iris histrioides ‘George’ with plum-purple flowers and dark veins. The purple falls have a yellow blotch on a white background with purple stripes.
- Crocuses. I love to see these colourful beauties appear in late January, they are such a welcoming sight after the short dull days of winter. A little sunshine soon sees them opening their faces. I have unknown purple and yellow ones under the Kilmarnock Willow and have added to them by planting C. Jeanne d’Arc though they have yet to make their presence known.
In a bowl C. ‘Cream Beauty’, ‘Blue Pearl’ and ‘Snow Bunting’ are just beginning to open. There are so many other pretty ones that I am sure I shall be adding to the collection in the autumn!
- Daffodils. I planted several bowls of dwarf and taller daffodils in the courtyard for this spring to add some cheer early in the year. They have just begun to flower and look lovely, a bright splash of colour against the granite stone. The ones along the woodland border are also back.
- For something a little different, a little shrub, which keeps its colour all year long – Elaeagnus fortunei
- A similar shrub is Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ which is very slow growing. Both these shrubs are quite small and grow alongside the wall on the south-facing side, though in the shade of the pretty willow tree. I am not convinced they add much to the garden, but in winter they do at least provide greenery.
- And finally, one of my little garden birds who pop in every day for their breakfast, lunch and supper. The colourful Great Tit.
That’s it for this week! Please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ for more gardening tales of the unexpected and where I am sure there will be many more spring bulbs to be seen.
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