Journal of a rose gardener 01/02/17
Over January temperatures here at the garden centre have started to rise, and there has been regular rainfall!
The bulbs in our gardens are starting to peek their heads out, and snowdrops and crocus are starting to flower. Spring is finally on its way! If you are now regretting your decision not to plant bulbs in the autumn or just didn’t find the time, don’t worry, it’s not too late. Spring bulbs which have been grown on in pots are now available at Country Garden Roses. These can be used for creating container displays or planting out into beds and borders. Our personal favourites include the following perennial bulbs:
Galanthus Nivalis (Snowdrop)
One of the first flowers of spring and worth getting on your hands and knees to gaze up at the beautiful patterns of the flower. A native woodland plant, snowdrops like partial shade and are fully hardy. They flower from late January through February and will readily multiply. If you wish to split a clump, this is best done in the green when they have finished flowering.
An early flowering (late January/early February) dwarf variety of Iris. They like to be planted in sun with well-drained soil. If you find that your soil holds the water you may consider putting some grit in the bottom of the hole, to aid drainage before you plant.
Who can resist the cheerful yellow of the common Daffodil after the bleak winter months? Daffodils have a relatively long life, flowering from February to May. They will grow in full sun to light shade, are generally fully hardy and very easy to grow. Many varieties have a sweet, pleasing scent that will have you being led by your nose to find the source. A perfect choice for amateur and professional gardeners alike.
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (Also known as the Russian Snowdrop)
Longing for something a little more exotic? Originating from South West Asia, these plants have pale blue star-shaped flowers, with a dark blue central stripe to each petal. They have a shorter flowering period, from March to April, but they’re worth if for such spectacular flowers. They will fill the gap perfectly between the snowdrops going over and the bluebells coming into flower. Again, they will grow in full sun or light shade and are generally hardy. They will also multiply freely.
A shallow, bowl shaped flower available in blue, red and white. Anemone coronaria flowers from March to April. Or June to July if planted in the spring. They like to be in full sun, and are fully hardy. As well as container plants, these Anemones make beautiful cut flowers.
You may wish to have a single type of bulb in each pot for a strong impact, or mix different types of bulbs for a longer lasting display. When planting up, remember to give some thought to the varying heights and flowering times of the bulbs and place accordingly. Ensure that your pot is watered on a regular basis. To ensure a good display the following year make sure that you dead head and feed the bulbs once they have finished flowing. Don’t cut back the leaves. Allow them to die down and return the goodness back into the bulb.