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

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Vine weevil attack

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.

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Actaea flower

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 bonus.

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Possible Foxglove seedlings

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.

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Early orchid growth

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.

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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.

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Rudbeckia 'little henry'

This is Rudbeckia 'little henry'. I got this because it was half price, rather than a considered purchase, and it is a bit of a disappointment so far, compared to the R. 'Goldsturm'. 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.

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Japanese anemone flower

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.

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