Six on Saturday | Early bulb edition

“Every gardener knows that under
the cloak of winter lies a miracle… a seed
waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the
light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the
anticipation nurtures our dream.”
~ Barbara Winkler

  1. Scilla mischtschenkoana (Misczenko squill). Delicate and pretty, with shimmering silvery-blue flowers this exceptionally early flowering bulb is good for a shallow container on the doorstep, which is where mine are. These began flowering in mid January.
  2. Crocuses – In the autumn I planted bowls of Crocus ‘Blue Pearl’, ‘Cream Beauty’ and ‘Snowbunting’. Crocuses are often the first flowers in a garden and feel like the true cheerleaders of spring. So far one bowl is showing signs of buds and I think it is the ‘Snowbunting’.
  3. More crocuses – these are growing under the Kilmarnock Willow tree and unnamed purple and yellow ones. I also planted Crocus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ here in the autumn too so hopefully they will make a show at some point soon.
  4. Hyacinths – I have had these bulbs for several years and just bung them into any spare pot. There are pink and blue ones though so far only the pink have begun to flower and I particularly like this one with the green tips.
  5. Narcissus – In the Woodland border I have several clumps of dwarf Narcissus (Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus and jonquil ) – some which I inherited and always flower early like these below – followed by some I planted a couple of years ago including delicate white ones. I also have several pots of dwarf Narcissus which are new this year so it will be fun to see what emerges.
  6. Iris histriodes ‘George’ – I bought these to use as plant toppers for my tulip collections this year.  A miniature iris with a decent scent apparently, though I didn’t bend down to sniff. So far one bloom,but a rather magnificent rich purple colour.  I do have some of last year’s irises (Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ another early and long-flowering iris with a good scent) in flower in another pot, but my photo didn’t come out very well and it was too darn cold to go out and have another attempt!

Signs of life in the garden, but winter is far from over. In fact it arrived with a vengeance this week hitting Cornwall of all places first! I was lucky as the snow began shortly after midday on Thursday, but quickly turned to sleet and didn’t settle. Further east it was a completely different story. To see what is happening in other gardens both home and away then head off to the Prop’s site where you will find lots of links in the comments.

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72 Comments Add yours

  1. Really nice pictures. Will have to look up the Kilmarnock one.

    1. Lol it is the Willow Tree isn’t it. Should know that!

      1. Heyjude says:

        It is. And Yes! 😀 😀

  2. Mud Cakes and Wine says:

    Lovely post and these winter flowers are such a welcome break from the cold

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you. It is lovely to see signs of life in the garden after all the rain!

  3. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    A welcome splash of colour. Lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes! Only one or two so far, but a sign of things to come.

  4. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful signs of spring 😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      And much more to come if the wind doesn’t cause too much damage…

      1. BeckyB says:

        We’ve got bitterly cold and strong winds here at moment 😕 hate to think how it affecting the farmers as we’ve got a minor drought too.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Not a good combination.

  5. I thought of you when I saw the weather reports. Glad it’s not been too bad.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Skipped by us pretty quickly, but landed about 30 miles away. I don’t understand why so many motorists got stuck as there had been plenty of warnings about it!

  6. George is very handsome, I think I will have to look out for him and grow in a pot as reticulata has disappeared from my garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hope that more Georges will appear!

  7. March Picker says:

    Such beautiful bulbs, Jude. Amazing that neglected hyacinths have come through with healthy flowers!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do store the bulbs in the shed over the summer in a net. They are just not my favourite spring flowers.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely; it must be a joy to see signs of spring.

  9. There’s so much appearing already! I like George’s colour – it is very striking.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, George is rather lovely. I will try and get some close ups when the wind dies down. I have also planted some very pale blue ones yet to emerge.

      1. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him – and the pale blue ones. 🙂

  10. Jim Stephens says:

    Scilla mischtschenkoana is now on my wanted list, it’s lovely but I mainly want it for the name.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… yes it is a bit of a tongue twister!

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