Susan has kindly written the first of my new feature guests posts that I’ll be including on the Greenside Up blog. She is the Manager of the Blooming Brilliant Garden Centre at Dermot Kehoe Supply & DIY Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Susan has had the gardening bug for over 10 years, and has designed several gardens in that time, along with working as a horticulturist and garden center manager.
This Spring her garden center is getting a bit of a re-vamp, so she is quite excited about planning the new layout!
You are probably longing for Spring right about now, aren’t you? Craving a bit of colour and cheer in the garden as you wait for the first green shoots? Well, did you know there are some fantastic flowers you can enjoy in your garden in winter? There are, and they are easy peasy to grow! Here are my top five:
These little jewels generally bloom in January, and are mainly in shades of purple & blue. Iris reticulata is their Latin name, and they look stunning planted in groups. I’ve several in bloom in my garden at the minute, and they come back year after year as long as your soil isn’t soggy. You can also have them indoors in a pot to enjoy the scent up close, (put in a coolish spot in order for the flowers to last longer) and then you can plant outside when they are done flowering. There is a cheery yellow winter iris, too – iris danfordiae- which also has a fab scent,but is not quite as likely to return next year. Still, they are not expensive as plants in pots or as dried bulbs & are worth the enjoyment!
January Gold & February Gold Daffodils
|Daffodil February Gold|
These very early daffs do what they say on the tin! In fact, it was so mild here in Ireland this December that January Golds have been in full flower since mid December and they are still looking great one month on! These bulbs have never let me down and always give a wonderful, long, show. Most likely you will find them for sale as inexpensive dry bulbs in bags, and that is perfectly fine for them. Enjoy! But don’t tiethe foliage in knots after, or cut down until after it yellows like with all bulbs, it feeds next years flowers.
It is so graceful and spreads around nicely. They all are very good for any early honey bees that venture out on mild Winter days, and the happy-go-lucky crocus deserve a place in every garden. They also are fine purchased dry, or as growing plants in pots.
I hope you enjoyed ready about the fabulous bulbs available to brighten up our winter days as much as I did, and are now thinking of adding some colour to your own gardens?
Susan is currently selling all of the bulbs mentioned (and others) in pots at this time of year, with prices varying between 5 for €10 for some pots, 3 for €10 for others, which I think is great value…… Thanks Susan, I may be heading down way soon!
Funny how things work out. Who’d have thought back then when Susan wrote this post that she would no longer be working at Kehoe’s and that we would now be in a Green and Vibrant business partnership together! Also interesting to spot that like many bloggers back then, we were grabbing images without crediting as hadn’t realised the importance (sharp intake of breath) so please shout out if your image is here and I’ll amend. Thank you.