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This year I thought I would try out buying bulbs via mail order.
I was mainly looking for tulips and I did some research to find
varieties that flower year after year. As it happened I ended up
with a lot of bulbs, but not so many tulips!
I've also got the tulips in the trough container which have been
multiplying over the years. I removed a few which I will plant in the
ground. They already had shoots and a few roots.
Also, I got some smaller daffodils, 'February gold' and 'Jetfire'.
Some more Ipheion 'Charlotte Bishop', and some I. 'Jessie' which
were recommended by Jim and look good.
Also more anemones which I shall spread all over, they flower early
and then disappear, so they will go well beneath later growing plants.
Finally some spring flowering Gladioli, and blue Alliums.
They were from Rose cottage plants
Here is …
One of my Primulas had a few dead leaves so I was idly pulling them
off the plant when the whole plant came away from the ground.
Dug up the soil and there were lots of vine weevils.
There were not many roots left, but I've replanted it so we shall see
how it does.
This is the first flower from my other Actaea.
It is Actaea simplex 'Brunette' (Atropurpurea Group).
Unfortunately the plant is not doing well in this location. I believe
that it is sensitive to the wind whipping around the side of the house
and has lost all of its highest leaves, and this flower is very low
near the ground too.
At one stage I thought it wasn't even going to flower, so this is a
Lots of these seedlings have recently appeared. They seem to be
clustered around the foxgloves, so I am tentatively assuming that is
what they are.
I will be sure (or not) once they are a little bigger.
The Orchids are both starting to grow already.
I have a photo of this one in January
at the same stage of development and until now I had thought
that was when it first started showing.
It is possible that it started growing this early last year and I
just didn't notice.
The Helianthus 'Lemon queen' has been flowering for quite some time,
but it now appears to be at its peak with more flowers than buds,
rather than the other way around.
This is Rudbeckia 'little henry'.
I got this because it was half price, rather than a considered
and it is a bit of a disappointment so far, compared to the
It hasn't grown very well and the flowering stems are all
spread out at different angles.
The petals are meant to be rolled up, so I'm not sure if the flower is
completely out yet.
Here is the first flower this year of the Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'.
It flowered last year, but there are many more buds this year.
It is still only about 50cm tall, but it is expected to be two to
three times that when fully grown.