I feel as if I am getting towards the stage of becoming more organised in all aspects of the garden, not just in the seed sowing stakes but in planting, bulb ordering and moving or turfing out things that don’t work – definitely less of a haphazard approach. Bulb ordering in the past involved mainly tulips for the pots outside the window, building up the narcissi and crocus in the streamside grass and trying to inject colour into the hot borders (and the initial bluebell and wood anemone purchase for the woodland). This almost random bulb ordering has left odd nameless tulips in the hot borders, a handful of leafy daffodils now ousted from those borders and allium seedlings popping up all over the garden. The discovery of the joys of species tulips in recent years brought a few clumps to the main herbaceous borders, but also lonely singletons separated from their friends by a major layout upheaval two years ago.
Last year’s order still included ‘hot’ tulips, as the decision to embolden the hot borders had not been made, hence the inclusion of ‘Orange Sun’ and ‘Beauty of Apeldoorn’ (in pots to be dropped into place); species Tulipa vvedenski ‘Henry Hudson’ and batalini ‘Bright Gem’ (not shown) were included for the same reason. I seem to have acquired ‘Princess Irene’ as a freebie somehow, and I haven’t a clue what the frilly looking buds in the top right picture are – another freebie, I guess! For the pots outside the kitchen I tend to alternate between ‘Angelique’ and ‘Peach Blossom’ and seem to have ordered the former (unusually with some double and triple headed flowers) for this year, whereas last year’s ‘Peach Blossom’ were rescued and are flowering again. This is the third season for the little beauty ‘Little Beauty’ so the clumps are clumping up nicely – but who can confirm the middle picture on the top row? Is it Tulipa tarda?
I have already started a list for my next bulb order, which will include some bulbs specifically for cutting and – who knows?!- perhaps some tulips that are not red or yellow or orange for the bold borders!