The two baskets at the front of the house are usually filled with blue pansies and some sort of dwarf narcissus over winter, but Aldi had some very pretty baskets of violas in the autumn so I used the contents of these instead along with some bronze carex. Realising I had not ordered any narcissi for the baskets I bought some half price iris (‘Harmony’?) from our local garden centre to include instead, but on finding a pot of what was labelled as ‘Pencrobar’, last year’s narcissus offering, I squeezed them in as well.
That was back in November, and now we have a very mixed bag: viola only recently picking up again after looking bedraggled for several months, and not all the expected pretty ‘sorbet’ colour, the iris looking perky and pleased with themselves, the carex is looking… well, bronze and sedgy….. and the narcissi are looking like….. muscari….! Meanwhile, there is another pot of unlabelled bulbs looking suspiciously like narcissi of some sort – no doubt last year’s ‘Pencrobar’ – the moral of this being to label all bulbs retained for another year. Life is full of lessons, is it not?