This Spring her garden centre is getting a bit of a re-vamp, so she is quite excited about planning the new layout! You can follow the Blooming Brilliant Garden Centree on Facebook.
These little jewels generally bloom in January, and are mainly in shades of purple & blue. Iris reticulata is their Latin name, and they look stunning planted in groups. I’ve several in bloom in my garden at the minute, and they come back year after year as long as your soil isn’t soggy. You can also have them indoors in a pot to enjoy the scent up close, (put in a coolish spot in order for the flowers to last longer) and then you can plant outside when they are done flowering. There is a cheery yellow winter iris, too - iris danfordiae- which also has a fab scent, but is not quite as likely to return next year. Still, they are not expensive as plants in pots or as dried bulbs & are worth the enjoyment!
Another winter beauty best bought in a pot, Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) also multiply over the years- but do plant them in groups to start; a single plant or two on their tod look a bit lonely. As they clump up more fully you can gently split and move them when they are finished for the season. You can go mad and pay big money for special varieties (like on the top picture above), or buy the more common kinds for much less.
January Gold & February Gold Daffodils
|Daffodil February Gold|
These very early daffs do what they say on the tin! In fact, it was so mild here in Ireland this December that my January Golds have been in full flower since mid December- and they are still looking great one month on! These bulbs have never let me down and always give a wonderful, long, show. Most likely you will find them for sale as inexpensive dry bulbs in in bags, and that is perfectly fine for them. Enjoy! But don’t tie the foliage in knots after, or cut down until after it yellows- like with all bulbs, it feeds next years flowers.
Your teacher probably had you plant a few crocus in a cup in school when you were a child- they are that easy to grow, but no less valuable Winter cheer for it! There are lots of different colours and colour combos to choose from in the different varieties, but one of my all time favourites is plain old crocus tommasinianus, pictured below.
I hope you are inspired to grow a few of these gorgeous, easy Winter flowers yourself!
I hope you enjoyed ready about the fabulous bulbs available to brighten up our winter days as much as I did, and are now thinking of adding some colour to your own gardens?
Susan is currently selling all of the bulbs mentioned (and others) in pots at this time of year, with prices varying between 5 for €10 for some pots, 3 for €10 for others, which I think is great value...... Thanks Susan, I may be heading down way soon!