• The beauty that is Fritillaria

    IMG_1555Fritillaria are a member of the “Lillaceae” family, there are around 100 species, and most of the Fritillaria’s have bell shaped pendant flowers. Fritillaria originate from the Northern Hemisphere, Mediterranean, parts of Asia and America. Excellent bulbs for the rock garden, woodland, raised beds and garden borders most are easy to grow and will last in flower for a few weeks n the right conditions.

    Fritillaria Meleagris (Snakes’s Head) with their lovely checker board effect flowers in shades of purple and sometimes white are seen less and less in the wild which is a great shame, to see them planted on mass glinting in the sun is a sight to behold. Fritillaria thrive in damp grassland and meadows with are prone to flooding in winter. Meleagris are hermaphrodite they are pollinated by bees, they also self fertilize.

    Crown Imperials have a some what unattractive smell but there graceful beauty in the middle to the back of the border makes it easy to live with; the flowers are borne at the top of the stem with a crown of fresh green leave above. Plant Fritillaria Crown Imperials almost on their side this will prevent water from sitting in the bulb causing them to rot. Plant in full sun well drained sandy soil and you crown imperials will provide years of colour.

    Persica is an excellent for the middle to back of the border with around 20 deep plum purple bells shaped flowers they bring a little drama to the garden. Ivory Bells has flower of pale ivory green, Fritillaria Persica and Ivory Bells needs plenty of sun to develop they like well drained sandy soil, grit will also help with drainage, they like to be planted deep around 15-20 cm deep almost on their side to prevent the bulb from rotting.

    Elwesii is a graceful of Fritillaria only 20cm high they have greyish green leaves with up to three or more flowers the narrow bells are a lovely shade of rich plum purple almost with a black tone, with contrasting olive green stripe, provide good drainage in a light soil add a little humus when planting, this lovely little variety will take dappled shade.

    Hermonis Amana is a fritillaria that should be more widely grown, it’s easy to grown and robust the beautiful emerald green flowers are tessellated with reddish brown, Hermonis likes well drained moist soil in full sun to dappled shade, plant around 10 cm deep.

    Pontica has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it’s a good reliable performer in the right conditions, full sun to dappled shade with moist well drained soil plant around 8-10 cm deep. The flowers of Fritillaria Pontica are slender bell shaped green on the outside with a hint of purple brown flushing, the inside is more citron-green a lovely variety with a light fragrance.

    Uva Vulpis “what a name” this fritillaria bears around three bell shaped flowers per stem thrives in moist well drained soil that does not dry out,

    Provide high potash fertilizer before planting and as an occasional top dressing, if planting Meleagris in grass it is important to leave the leaves fro at least six weeks before mowing. Like all bulbs in the Lillaceae family they are prone to attack from the Lily Beatle keep a watchful eye.

    There are some excellent varieties of Fritillaria they are worth hunting out; there is a space in every garden even for just one variety.http://bit.ly/17YBDJl

    Fritillaria will flower mostly in April/May give them a damp site that does not dry out, it is important you plant fritillaria on arrival. Crown Imperials have been know to keep moles at bay as the aroma of these fritillaria can penetrate into the ground.

  • Miscellaneous - N -Z part 3

    Ranunculus_asiaticus_1In our new catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting

    Nectaroscodum can be found under the Allium section in our catalogue and website.

    Ornithogalum “Star of Bethlehem” have stems of around 25 to 80 cms with star shaped white flowers. Arabicum make a good cut flower. Nutans and Umbellatum are good for woodland, meadow planting and the borders. Magnum produces an abundance of lovely starry white flowers. The prices start from as little as 11p a bulb to 80p a bulb for the taller Arabicum. http://bit.ly/17fPWX0

    Puschkinia excellent for naturalising in the rock garden or border around shrubs, producing masses of small star-shaped flowers on short stems at 8p per bulb.http://bit.ly/17fPXKq Ranunculus brightly coloured double flowers excellent in the border or pots; they make excellent long lasting cut flowers from as little as 12p per bulb, they like a little light soak before planting.http://bit.ly/1fIJs4y

    Scilla is a large group from the Squil and Spanish bluebell to the beautiful English bluebell Endymion Non Scriptus. They are excellent for the border, pots and woodland planting they will happily naturalize freely. Siberica and Siberica Spring Beauty are lovely planted with daffodils & narcissi, they start from as little as 11p a bulb and make a good garden investment. http://bit.ly/1fIJtpl

    Snowdrops a must for any spring garden with their pure white flowers and touch of green, they herald the arrival of spring. From the double form Flore Pleno to the natural single Nivalis Simplex excellent for naturalising in the woodland or garden border from as little as 15p per bulb or the lovelt Sam Arnott with its sweet fragrance, Snowdrops are best planted in September and October as dry bulbs or in the green from end of February. http://bit.ly/1af4erU

    Sparaxis are an inexpensive long lasting flower excellent for the border or pots with an extensive colour range from white, pink, yellow, reds and purples some have a black ring in the centre for as little as 6p a bulb. http://bit.ly/13seHyo

    Zantadeschia also called Calla Lily or Arum Lily, they bring an architectural elegance to the garden, the large foliage and pure white flowers bring a touch of elegance, ideal for the edge of the pond in damp soil or bog garden. Zantadeschia can be grown in the border, but like to be kept damp, they are moisture lovers. Provide a good mulch in winter. http://bit.ly/17YC9XJ

    Now the introduction to this years catalogue is done, sit back and plan your spring floral fireworks display.

  • Miscellaneous - F-M part 2

    Frit_Lutea_9In our new catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting

    Freesias in the autumn are for indoor flowering, they have a heady perfume in a good range of mixed colours from single to double flowering from 11p per bulb.Excellent for cut flowers. http://bit.ly/1ar4Q1b

    Fritillaria come in a range of flowering types and heights from the stately Crown Imperials with their tall stems and large bells to Meleagris with their checked maroon bells at only 12p each. Fritillaria are a diverse group there is a bulb to suit every gardener in this section from colour to height most flowers are bell or cupped shaped. http://bit.ly/17YBDJl

    Gladioli in the autumn section are the early flowering types like Gladioli Byzantinus with its magenta flowers make a good woodland or medow plant at only 13p each the Gladioli Nanus are a mixture of the small flowering types of Gladioli excellent for cut flower at only 16p a bulb. Gladioli The Bride is pure white excellent for cut flower at only 20p a bulb. All these gladioli are good in the borders or pots.http://bit.ly/14A3ARy

    Ipheion this bulb should be more widely planted it is robust and hardy producing a mass of star shaped flowers from blue to white, they have a light fragrance and from only 11p a bulb worth planting for a long lasting display. http://bit.ly/13sedIz

    Ixias or African Corn Lily grow in clumps with starry flowers in a range of colours from white, pink, magenta, yellow and pink from tall slender stems at only 8p a bulb. http://bit.ly/1fIJd9H

    Leucojum “Summer Snowflake” resembles a large snowdrop, their beautiful flowers are produced on stems from around 30 to 50 cms, making them more easily seen than the smaller snowdrop. They will tolerate planting in damp moist soils from as little as 20p per bulb. http://bit.ly/1epdHzR

    Muscari “Grape Hyacinth” they are an undemanding and reliable group producing hyacinth type flowers on short stems. Leave to naturalize in the border, rockery or woodland. They come in many shades of blue or white and start from as little as 7p a bulb There are new Muscari which are more compact and produce more flower than leaf like White and Blue Magic, Cuipdo is a beautiful new Muscari with a lovely shade of sky blue. http://bit.ly/1fIJj17

  • Miscellaneous - A - E part 1

    Anemone_coronaria_De_Caen (1)In our new 2012-2013 catalogue you will find over 100 different varieties of Miscellaneous Bulbs from Anemone to Snowdrops, the bulbs in this section are ideal for all garden areas from pots to borders the woodland and meadow planting. Most Miscellaneous bulbs as excellent for layer planting for filling spaces and bringing extra colour to the based of the taller bulbs.

    Anemones come in a range of colour from single to double flowers they start at just 10p a bulb choose a selection and you can have them in flower from March to June http://bit.ly/15Cw8QC Arum Dracunculus are architectural with a distinctive odour. Italicum produces stems of orange berries starting from £1 a bulb.http://bit.ly/13kKO2Y

    Brodiaea (Triteleia) have a delicate, a cluster of star shaped flowers appear from slender stems, they make a good cut flower from 8p a bulb, their blue flowers are excellent in June/July. Plant in pots, the rockery or the border. http://bit.ly/14v0hef

    Camassia with their tall elegant spikes of blue or white flowers are from 90p a bulb make a real statement in the borders; Quamash (Esculenta) is a shorter Camassia for the front of the border or meadow planting at just 12p per bulb. http://bit.ly/162MBe6

    Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) very early spring flowering they are perfect for pots, the front of borders the lawn or near hedges or shrubs, plant generously for a carpet of colour in the spring and at just 8p a bulb. http://bit.ly/17HWgFy

    Cyclamen with their lovely marbled foliage and delicate blooms are ideal for woodland planting from £1 a corm choose from autumn to spring flowering types.http://bit.ly/14nOVy0 Eranthis (Winter Aconite) a spring must have one of the earliest bulbs to flower they will produce a carpet of buttercup like flowers ideal for the woodland and at just 16p a bulb. http://bit.ly/15CwkiO

    Eremurus the Foxtail Lily, stately dense spikes of flowers in June/July they will bring a little grandeur to your borders in a range of colours from £1.40 a bulb. http://bit.ly/1dKyqPE Erythronium (Dog’s Tooth Violet) likes to grow in a shady spot that is moist but well drained Erythronium are good for woodland planting they have a similar look to the turk’s-cap lilies at just 80p a bulb.http://bit.ly/17HWr3N

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