Looking at photos from two years ago it seems that my spring bulbs are later to come into flower this year. Of course that might be purely because I was slow in planting them in the autumn – I just couldn’t work up the enthusiasm. Of course when you see the little beauties emerging from the pots all that drudgery is forgotten.
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I bought several different varieties of (1) Muscari, including ‘Pink Sunrise’, ‘Latifolium’, ‘Night Eyes’, ‘Mount Hood’ and ‘ Ocean Magic’ planting them in containers. (2) New anemones this year are Anemone Hollandia and Anemone St Brigid, having not planted any last year. Unfortunately they got blasted by the February storms so have suffered somewhat, as well as a nibble or two! I also bought more (3) Ipheion bulbs as I love these pretty star-shaped flowers. I only found the white ones, but I shall be on the look out for blue and pink this autumn. I am going to leave these in the bowl as those I transferred to the garden seem to have disappeared. There are several bowls of (4) Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’ all from previous years though re-potted in fresh compost. (5) The Crocuses have mostly finished now, but I discovered a pretty clump in an unexpected place when cutting back the coral Penstemon. I planted a lot of the white Dutch Crocus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ a few years ago, but only two popped up this March. It is such a beautiful icy white that I must buy more to weave amongst the purple and striped ones. And coming in at (6) is a pretty pink Hyacinth which is from an old container which I had forgotten contained hyacinths. I also spotted a couple of blue ones coming up in the garden which I had forgotten had been transferred there. The wonderful thing about bulbs is that you never quite know what might appear where.
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