Lottie Bulbs

A mid-February walk around our lottie site on a dull grey day was much improved by the colour of the earliest bulbs. Each autumn we invite donations of bulbs from members and now we are seeing and appreciating the results of our members’ efforts.

We grow lots of these early bulbs as they provide very early pollen for any bees that come out on mild days. We need to look after our bee friends as they help pollinate our fruit, peas and beans and many more crops.

The gold of crocuses (or should that be croci or perhaps simply just crocus?) brightens the orchard meadow.

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Snowdrops and Winter Aconites go together like chalk and cheese. Together they light up the Winter Garden.

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Even in the Summer Garden spring bulbs have a place. These beautiful blue iris cheer everyone up as they pass by.

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The tiniest and most delicate flowers of February are those of the cyclamen which mingle with the bark and fallen leaves in the Sensory Garden. The leaves have fallen from the nearby old Oak tree.

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Accidental juxtaposition of plants often give the best combinations. These crocus surprised us when they chose to flower above the bronze leaves of a Saxifraga.

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We now eagerly await the masses of Daffodils planted around the site and on the grass verges outside our gates. They will be closely followed by the Tulips in their myriad colours.

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A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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14 Responses to Lottie Bulbs

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Terrific! Such a big payoff to your autumn planting. I always wish I’d planted more spring bulbs.

  2. ksperko says:

    Reblogged this on birdfeederauthority and commented:
    Mine are all blooming! Spring is almost here!

  3. Christy says:

    These are just beautiful. After seeing all the posts showing beautiful winter bulbs, I’ve decided I’m going to plant more in my garden! They bring so much beauty and cheer to those dull winter days!

  4. Our crocuses are naturalizing, and daffodils are inches their way too. Lovely preview to more in the next few weeks.

  5. Lea says:

    Beautiful signs of Spring!
    Have a great day!
    Lea
    Lea’s Menagerie

  6. dianajhale says:

    Be thankful for small mercies I think!

  7. Loved your photos and promise of spring because where I am it is snowing with a forecast of at least 6 inches. :)

  8. Just when we were all appreciating the spring bulbs and feel to the air, the weather as you say is set to change. Shame. Still, it has been lovely to look at your cheery photos.

  9. We get all those adorable spring crocuses too, but not yet! I can enjoy them here! Margie

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