Who doesn’t love to see bright-yellow daffs bobbing about in the sharp spring breeze? It’s a loud, proud sign that summer is on it’s way and we are very ready for the warmth of the sun to shine down on to us once again.
The Daffodil Society was established in 1898 for all who are interested in and appreciate the stunning Genus Narcissus, (the botanical name of this much loved flower).
The …Read More
Back in March this year I was approached by Rachel Morgan from Bakker’s marketing department and asked if I wanted them to run a competition for my many Twitter followers. Not really sure what it would involve I said why not. Little did I know how successful it would be for Bakker, myself and the lucky winner of the £50 box of goodies, Jane Rogers!
Nor did I realise too that …Read More
Who wouldn’t want some extraordinary bulbs ready to spice up your spring?
Here we have our top ten, chosen for a long display of colour, vigour and fun!
Every bulb offers something different! They will certainly stand out in the spring sunshine. With a wide variety of colour, shapes and sizes, they really are perfect to be planted in your borders, patio pots and homes!
There are so many spring bulbs to choose …Read More
Autumn’s colourful cloak diminishes with every chilly gust, sending blazing leaves swirling on the breeze, while down below, diamond lilies sparkle and spring bulbs begin their slow march to glory, sending out roots into the cold earth.
It may feel like the year is drawing to a close, but there’s still one or two really worthwhile jobs to be doing in the garden. Those autumn leaves make a wonderful addition to …Read More
Standing tall, fresh and defiant amid the season’s death and decay, they thumb their noses at autumn’s dullness – exotic punks who remind us it’s not all doom and gloom. Nerines are my new favourite plant.
They’re kind of thing you see in catalogues or online gardening sites but never buy – but what a mistake! I guess they don’t exactly get off to a good start when you see the …Read More
I’ve been gripped by bulb fever this autumn, buying packets of dwarf daffodils, tulips, iris etc as if they were going out of fashion. I’m determined that come springtime, I won’t regret being stingy back in the autumn – and end up buying pots of bulbs in flower at a much greater cost than purchasing dry bulbs in the autumn.
But there’s a problem with bulbs… there won’t be anything much …Read More
A warm summer’s evening might seem a weird time to be thinking about spring, but as anyone who’s been to any DIY store or garden centre recently will know, it’s bulb time again. Like mushrooms after the rain, racks of packets, covered in gaudy pictures, suddenly sprout on the shelves, and the soft thud of the Bakker.com bulb catalogue on the doormat heralds a change in the pace of the …Read More
It’s a common conundrum – where on earth to start in a new garden. It’s exactly this problem that I’m facing, two months after moving into a house with just a bare patch of gravel out back. New/empty gardens present challenges: such as poor, compacted soil, and lack of privacy. Luckily there are plenty of plants up to the job.
Five great plants for new gardens:
Tree mallow (Lavatera) – these shrubby …Read More
I wanted to continue the theme of planting a Bakker Spalding rainbow and thought it would be fun to plant the colours of the tulips in their respective coloured pots.
Now I can’t wait for spring (not that I want to wish my time away) and see the rainbow in its glory.
As I was minus a spare blue pot I utilised a black one and used my blue shoe cream to …Read More
Q – Carla Sears My garden so full of summer colour it’s better now than in the summer can’t put winter bedding or bulbs in yet Is it ok to put it in late.
A – Hi Carla – how lovely! I know what you mean – my salvias and dahlias are still looking great. Bear in mind though that the first frosts are not far away, and will reduce all …Read More