This is also the ideal time to plant spring flowering bulbs in lawns, beds, borders or hanging baskets; daffodils, crocuses, dwarf iris
and tulips can be planted any time from now until mid-October, ideally, before the ground starts to freeze.
Ornamental cabbages are quirky and fun and spring bulbs can be tucked underneath so don't forget to get some daffodils, anemones and dwarf iris
- it's wonderful to see them peeping up in the spring.
Grape hyacinth, regular hyacinth, wood hyacinth (Hyacinthoides hispanica), all the ornamental onions, dogtooth violets, dwarf iris
, snowdrops, winter aconite, chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-Snow), scillas by the hundreds, guinea hen flowers (Fritillaria meleagris), and of course daffodils in all of their vast array.
Plant taller varieties such as daffodils and tall tulips in the bottom layer then add some compost then plant dwarf tulips and Hyacinths, then add more compost and plant miniature varieties such as crocus, dwarf Iris
These dwarf Iris
will flower in late winter to early spring producing large flowers on dwarf stems.
Wildflowers: fringed phacelia, white trillium, Dutchman's britches, yellow trillium, fire pink, wild geranium, wake robin, columbine, showy orchis, pink lady's slipper, crested dwarf iris
february/march Glory of the Snow Crocus "Blue Bird" Crocus "Remembrance" Harmony, Dwarf Iris
"Tete a Tete" Botanical Daffodil Striped Squill
Please send cheques and postal orders, made payable to Mr Fothergill's, to: People Dwarf Iris
Offer, Mr Fothergill's, Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, PE12 8SG, stating your name and address.
the hea - tY dis Your local centre may also be displaying winter crocus and dwarf iris
Instead plant croci, Muscari, snowdrops, glory-of-the-snow, scillas, bulbous dwarf iris
, and petite daffodils and tulips.
Other bulbs well worth forcing for early blooms include narcissi, dwarf iris
, crocus, and snowdrops.
The dwarf Iris
Katherine Hodgkin, above, sports an unusual colour palette of duck egg blue and light green with standards in white and yellow with violet spots, all with a slatey hue.