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Q. What spring-flowering bulbs do you plant first in the fall?
A. I begin by planting the earliest to bloom. Snowdrops (Galanthus), the first to flower, are available in single-flowered and double-flowered forms. Looking for the first snowdrops in bloom is a popular home gardener’s late winter venture.
Crocuses come next. There are two spring-flowering types. Both flower in February and March. Snow crocuses, known also as botanical crocuses, produce smaller flowers in neat little clusters. Cream Beauty is an excellent variety.
Large Dutch crocuses begin flowering a bit later than snow crocuses. They make fine splashes of colour in the late winter garden, and are easy to fit into small spots in garden beds and along pathway edges.
Dwarf irises (Iris reticulata) flower in February and March. They are exquisite little gems, with delicate markings on the lower petals. Katherine Hodgkin and Katherine’s Gold are beauties.
Chionodoxa (glory of the snow) blooms in March in my garden. There are blue, white and pink flowering forms. Pink Giant yields substantial clusters of small, waxy flowers that make sprightly little cut flower bouquets.
Some miniature daffodils bloom early. Tete a Tete and its double-flowered form Tete Boucle are popular favourites for garden beds and containers.
The ever-popular Trumpet daffodils, of the King Alfred type, bloom in March. Dutch Master is a slightly more compact version of the classic Trumpet daffodil.
March and April bring the earliest tulips to bloom including the majestic Emperor tulips in the Fosteriana class. Single
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Although the government’s Council of Economic Advisors confirms that food inflation rates have been cooling, the average household will spend about 6 percent more this year on food than last year, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, it’s still an excellent time to tap into the powers of our best budget-friendly tips for healthy eating.
Why do plants get sick? The simple answer is for lots of reasons, many of them similar to the reasons why we humans do. Take, for example, poor diet. Just as it’s one of the root causes of disease, poor growth and reduced life expectancy in humans, so it is with plants.
Project Giving Back has announced that it will be continuing its support of gardens for good causes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2025 and 2026. Speaking at the opening of the 2023 Gardens For Good Causes Exhibition at the Garden Museum in London, Project Giving Back’s CEO, Hattie Ghaui, said: “I am thrilled to confirm we will be supporting even more gardens for good causes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show until 2026. As we move into our third year of funding, it feels like PGB is still in its adolescent years and we wanted to give it time to mature into adulthood. We know from having to turn down some incredibly strong funding applications over the past couple of years that there are so many wonderful stories waiting to be told. We’re all excited to see how the creativity of charities, designers and wider garden teams continues to unfold and look forward to welcoming more partnerships into the PGB family.”
Blue flowering houseplants not only add a touch of visual allure but also introduce an element of tranquility to your home environment. As rare as they are captivating, these plants provide the perfect blend of aesthetics and easy care, making them a must-have for any garden enthusiast.
Climbing effortlessly up trellises and walls, trailing plants have a certain beauty that’s hard to ignore! Join us as we explore the meaning and mystery behind Flowering Vines that are Also a Term of Endearment that also serve as the symbol of affection and charm.
While our lawns thrive and grow green and lush during the spring months, planting grass seed should actually happen in the fall. Fall grass seeding is ideal for cool season turf grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass. While there is an optimal time for reseeding the lawn in fall, if you’ve missed the window, don’t despair; there is yet another method for laying grass season for fall. Keep reading to learn how to seed your lawn like a pro.
If your garden in spring has the welcome sight of loud and colourful tulips brightening the place up, then it can feel like an exciting place to be again after the inevitable dull, wet moments of winter. For me, the main feeling is relief. Relief that I actually remembered to plant some. Bulb planting in autumn is one of those jobs that we can have in our minds to do, then before you know it it’s a last minute scramble to find the last bag in the shop, hidden away in a corner to make way for inflatable snowmen and reindeer stuffed to the gunnels with LEDs.
If you want your garden to be filled with flowers next spring, planting bulbs in autumn is the key. But to ensure you get a dazzling display, you need to plant your bulbs well – at the correct depth and in the right type of compost. Find out how to guarantee great results with David Hurrion’s masterclass – simply register for free or sign in, to view our masterclass videos.
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