Aren’t bulbs wonderful? Little energy grenades waiting until spring pulls the pin for a petal explosion. Each autumn I wish I hadn’t bought so many and each spring I thank myself that I did.
Here are the best bulbs from this week.
I’ve never grown Pushkinia before but it has such a lovely name I thought I’d see what it looks like. Now in bloom, I’d compare it to a skinny hyacinth. What’s incredible about these up close is the bright blue stripe running from base to tip of each petal, visible both inside and out.
This pushkinia is taking pride of place in a pot on my greenhouse table, just inside the door. It has cold air pouring over it every day so the bulbs are lasting long enough to enjoy.
Also on the bulb table is this pan of fritillaries. This is their second year and they’re looking just as perky as last. They have a plum and custard colour scheme and even have the same silvery sheen of a plum fresh from the garden.
I read online that they are often called fritillaria assyriaca uva vulpis – translating as fox’s grapes and the colour and sheen are indeed grape-like.
Muscari ‘Jenny Richardson’
These little grape hyacinths were a gift from a friend and are delightful Wedgewood blue. They look particularly lovely at the table when seated next to yellow narcissi.
Snakeshead fritillaries are such an unusual and striking spring flower. I always find it bewildering that the snake-skin patterning can be so bizarre and intricate. I am yet to feel confident that the bulbs I planted 2-3 years ago are starting to self-seed and naturalise but as they keep coming back so I have reason to be hopeful.
These are in the small orchard area, where I’m cultivating the grass into a meadow of sorts. If you want to know more about how I’m managing this area click my article on how to create a wildflower meadow.
The best thing about it is that we only have to get the mower out to cut a narrow path through it from spring to autumn. As we head into autumn we start mowing again and in winter it gets a final all over cut. Easy peasy yet really pretty.
Leucojum vernum – Spring Snowflake
These are really striking plants with tall glossy leaves and delicate white flowers dangling prettily from the stems. They also have charming green dots at the base of each petal. I was given two clumps of these by my late friend Mr Snowdrop and they look lovely at the base of the pillars either side of these steps.
Thursday would have been the spring show at my local horticultural society. It’s always such a great event and a fun show because a cold spring means we have few tulips and a warm one few daffodils. It’s always interesting to see how the winter has affected the show entries.
Each year I like to enter the class for a “bowl of spring flower for all round effect” so I had a bit of fun making one up for the online show submissions. These weren’t to be judged but people sent in photos just to try and keep us connected.
I counted 14 different flowers in my little arrangement and whilst not all are bulbs, the majority are.
This seasonal diary is part of a weekly link-up of garden bloggers from around the world, called Six on Saturday. For more information and links to other blogs crammed with gardening activity, check the blog of host The Propagator.