In the garden and in your local parks you will notice one of the first signs that spring has arrived - bulbs, such as crocuses, daffodils and chionodoxas
start to peak up from the ground.
If you have had a continuing problem of the spring bulb flowers or foliage being eaten by deer or rodents, it may be best to avoid planting tulips and croci, as they are prime food for these pests, and instead make greater use of snowdrops, snowflakes, Scillas, Chionodoxas
, Muscari (Grape Hyacinths), and splurge on daffodils.
I am going to add some more chionodoxas
and wood anemones to a semi-shaded area of garden and will also be adding some shorter cultivars of narcissi to a sunny border near the house - I prefer the shorter ones as they are not so prone to wind damage as the taller ones and many of them flower a little earlier.
Plant dwarf bulbs such as crocus in lawns and grassy banks and scillas and chionodoxas
should be planted en masse to achieve a sea of colour, and do best in fertile soil with plenty of added grit for drainage.
should be planted en masse to achieve a sea of colour and do best in fertile soil with plenty of added grit for drainage.