Days may be short and dreary, light levels low, the nights long and cold but outside, even in this the bleakest periods, the garden is far from lacking interest. Lustrous ivies, clinging to walls and trees, shiny hollies, glistening laurels, each contribute form and pattern to a bare landscape.
When snowdrops, crocus and daffodils start to appear in the garden they bring a smile to our faces and the certain knowledge that spring is on its way. Their bright and cheerful blooms make bulbs essential in a well-planned garden. They offer a wide variety of colour and form, from bright, primary shades of Tulips to the delicate, pastel hues of Iris reticulate ‘Katherine Hodgkin’; and from the tall spikes of the Gladiolus byzantinus to the dainty bells of the smallest fritillary. Continue reading