Plant with Passion

Tulips and primroses

Whether you have an expansive football pitch or a tiny terrace plant it with passion. Planting an evergreen backdrop and a rotation of perennials (plants that will relentlessly pop up every year) for each season will ensure your space has colour and vibrancy all year round.  It is a formula that will work in most spaces. Planting en mass is always an eye catcher and keeping your selection of specimens to a minimum will ensure your space looks relaxed and  natural and doesn’t end up looking like  a mismatched patchwork.  Keeping the colour palate simple will also help make sure that plants will make maximum impact  with minimum effort. Start simply – it always easier to add on afterwards if the desired effect hasn’t been achieved first time round.

tulips explanse3

An expanse of tulips interspersed with primroses would make an equal impact on a small patio planted in containers,  troughs or window boxes. 

Tulip expanse

For early spring a simlar effect could be achieved using narcissi interspersed with snowdrops and muscari or for late spring try planting bluebells and primroses.  Forget-me-nots are also a useful self seeder that look great with all the spring flowers. The combination of colours and plants is yours to choose.

tulips and daisy white2

May Peace Be With You

White Tulips and Chrysanthemum

 

tulips and daisy white

White Tulips and chrysanthemums  

tulips and wallflowrers pink

Pretty in Pink –

Tulips and Wallflowers

 

tulips and wallflowers

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Yellow Tulips and Orange Wallflowers

Spring is the visible beginning of the gardening year and a good time to excite your interest for the rest of the year.  Mark your calender for next autumn to remind you to plant some spring bulbs for next spring or get some ready grown ones in for this year before it is too late.  The daffodils are already beginning to fade  but this can only mean they are making room for the tulips and bluebells to have their proud moment on stage.

go large

Don’t be afraid to pack them in!

Happy Spring Planting

The Show Must Go On

ahoy me hearties

ahoy me hearties

It’s a long time coming – Spring.  The unseasonally harsh cold weather has kept the blooms at bay, which is probably a good thing as in  previous springs that have burst forth early in all their glory,  blooms have been nipped in the bud  days after their splendour has arrived depriving us of the crown,   the many more blooming weeks that should have been to come.  So far it is really only the primroses and daffodils that have been brave enough to poke their pretty heads through in the garden.  The muscari are trying hard and heres hoping that before long they will make it through, which may be a sign that we can all thaw out and enjoy some warm spring sunshine. Winter may not have left us left but nature is still doing it’s thing albeit  at a lot slower pace than usual.

daffodil bowl“Break on through to the other side”

The daffodils have made it!

daffodil bowl 2Pop a daffodil bowl on the patio table

naturalised narcissi

The narcissi have now naturalised around my garden – truly making it feel like Easter even if the uncharacteristic cold weather isn’t

easter primrose window box

This planted up  Easter window box of polyanthus at the back of my garden is just about surviving the long cold snap,  some of the blooms are looking a bit frost bitten (so were my hands when I quickly planted them last week!)

pale of primroses

whilst this pale of the wild primroses that pop up every year seem to be standing up to it all with a smile on their face

muscariThe muscari which have naturalised in the garden are struggling through with frost bitten leaves, whilst the ones in the window boxes have decided not to brave it at all yet.   Usually by now they are giving a spectacular display alongside the narcissus

ducks did  you speakDid you speak?

Nature is not giving up as the drake chats up Ms duck

looking more like winterNeither should we

is it really spring

It’s never too cold for a chat and a stroll, with the lovely  Asheebee