Flower Bulbs

  • They call me mellow yellow

    I used to have a serious problem with yellow. As a colour for clothes, for home decor and – most of all – in the garden. Even daffodils were banned. Somehow it seemed too cheery, too bright and, by association, just a little bit tacky and common. I was a sunshine snob. It’s...
  • It’s a great time for planting

    Whether you’re thinking of a hedge, wallflowers, fruit trees, climbers, roses, lavender or ornamental garden trees, now is the time to get out there and plant to your hearts’ content. I’ve recently planted broad leafed lime trees to act as a screen to cover up the background of a town...
  • Obsessions of a gardener

    There are two obsessions that gardening induces; firstly the weather and most importantly your own garden taking over your thoughts and dreams. The weather Is it too cold, is the ground frozen or even warming up? Is it too wet, or too dry? Is it the right time to plant...
  • A soft spot for snowdrops

    Who doesn’t love snowdrops? They’re small but perfectly formed, utterly captivating and are the first signs of spring. I have just one small patch of them in my south London garden, under a robinia tree, tucked among the wallflowers. I dug them up from my gran’s garden in Wales nearly...
  • What's in a name?

    Forgive me for boasting, but I understand how Latin plant names work. Learning about botanical nomenclature is one of my proudest achievements (it’s up there with touch-typing and mastering choux pastry). But I also understand that a lot of people don’t get it at all. It looks confusing. And unnecessary...
  • New beginnings

    There’s no escaping it, January is hardly fun packed. After the jollity and cosy indulgences of December, it hits us full on with its chill, dark days and its unreasonable demands to live life more mindfully, more healthily, less lazily. But it’s a brand new year, and – believe it...
  • All About Alliums...

    Alliums start flowering in mid-May and, depending on your variety, continue to do so from to the end of July with their lovely, frozen firework flowers. Alliums have become very "de jour" because their colours range from steely metallic shades to the deepest, velvety purple and because their perfect circular...
  • Plain or patterned tulips?

    Even with such a long, illustrious history, some of the tulips bulbs we have for sale can have a very minimalist up to date look. Use plain coloured tulips like White Dream or purple Negrita to achieve this. Lots of tulips are multi-coloured - Blueberry ripple, the ardent Burning Heart...
  • Traditional or Exotic Tulips?

    Our tulips for sale come in a range of shapes, sizes colours and complexities while the Dutch tourist board tulip has a simple oval shape as best exemplified by Triumph or Single Early Tulips  - both of which have a large range of colours. The pared down flower creates a different...
  • Where can you plant your tulip bulbs?

    Everyone is familiar with tulips in pots, and many of the bulbs we sell are well suited for the purpose, but a prevailing wind will swiftly flatten any top-heavy parrot tulips, even with support, while low growing flowers will be lost to view in a pot at the end of...

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