I adore tulips. I have no idea why these flowers excite me so much – perhaps because there are so many varieties, so many colours, so many shapes, but I love having these in my garden (or on my balcony) during early spring. Sadly even the so-called late flowering types seem to arrive in April, but let’s enjoy them while they are here. As well as tulips though, there are other spring delights coming up this week, and there will be a round-up of all this years bulbs on Wednesday including the tulips…
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My Kilmarnock Willow tree always fascinates me at this time of the year as the new leaves appear from the tips of the weeping branches, creating a kind of nature’s tutu. Sparrows love to congregate among the muddle of branches and this year a blackbird has taken to sitting on top singing its sweet song as the sun sets.
The Honeywort or Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ has popped up in the raised bed, though I do have new seeds to sow. And the Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ (Pincushion Flower), which seems far too pink to me is looking good this year, so far. The unknown ASDA clematis is a mass of white flowers and buds along the fence at the back of the garden and in the woodland border my Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis; formerly Dicentra spectabilis) has risen from the ground. Tulipa ‘Purple Ladies’ are still hanging on in the verdigris container giving me a good four weeks of flowers.
So what is your favourite spring flower?
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