Rainbow Tulips - View from the Greenhouse - Bakker Holland

The ‘Rainbow Race’

I was so excited last autumn when I planted my Rainbow Tulips that were a Bakker.com special offer and now they are just beginning to unfurl and show their colours. It’s a little like watching a horse race toa see which colour comes in first.
At the moment Red ‘Casa Grande’ is taking the lead, followed by Purple’ Exquisit’, neck to neck comes Yellow ‘Tropical Wave’ and Pink ‘Queensland’ followed closely …Read More

Poinsettia Bakker-w850

Happy Christmas Everyone from Bakker Spalding

Just a few days to go and here’s hoping that everyone wherever you are have a lovey Christmas. My tree is decked – the Santas are back on the fireplace and I’m almost ready. My Grandchildren are growing up and the festivities take on a slightly different aspect – where once it was up at the crack of dawn, it’s now a more reasonable hour that the festivities begin – …Read More

Red Rimmed Tuberosa Begonias

Non Stop® begonias, they just keep flowering!

Flowers, flowers and yes more flowers, flowering from June through to November. That’s what you call value for money and in such beautiful colours they will look spectacular wherever you grow them! And guess what… If you look after them over winter they will flower again next year.

For years begonias took a back seat to many other plants in the garden but now with their amazing range of …Read More

Lily Garden - Standing Proud

Lily Garden

Did you know that the lily symbolises the 30th wedding anniversary, meaning devotion? So if any of you gardeners are looking forward to celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary next summer why don’t you start planning now by ordering some lily bulbs and then next year you can present your other half with a bouquet of lovingly home grown lilies? How romantic is that?
This year I have grown several different varieties …Read More

Asiatic lily ‘Sugar Love’

Wonderful or What

Wonderful or What? I think that the Asiatic Lily ‘Sugar Love’ must be one of the prettiest of lilies. Look closely at the image, how perfect is the shape and the soft colouring of these beautiful pink tipped flowers?
The up facing flowers are making such a statement in my garden in an unassuming way. Thank goodness I grew them in a pot as I have been able to stand them in …Read More


Spring and Summer Sunny Sensation

In the middle of April Adrian and I spent an industrious afternoon planting bulbs and are now enjoying what we hope will be the beginning of our flower festival. The first to flower is the Ismene ‘Sulphur Queen’, with rather unique looking flowers in yellow and green. The yellow flowers fade to almost white at the edges and have a lovely striped green throat. Such an intriguing flower with a …Read More

Views from the Greenhouse

Good Bulbs, Weather and Company

What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? Adrian and I have been planning a get together for planting and today’s the day. Our order from Bakker Spalding has arrived and we are eager to get started. Such a great feeling to get back into the gardening mode after the cold winter days.
Sleeves already rolled up but before we start we’ll spend a little time drinking coffee and …Read More