Burnby Gardens Tulip Festival
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After a long Winter, we look forward to our Spring bulbs emerging from the cold ground. Whether they are the lovely nodding Daffodils, the cheery little Crocus or the majestic Tulips, they always seem to put a smile on our face.
Agapanthus are native to South Africa and were first introduced into Europe during the late seventeenth century. In those early days they were mainly grown in containers in the large conservatories of stately homes and their value as a garden plant was not generally recognised.
If you are planning to add a splash of colour to your garden this year by using some well chosen Lilies, now is the time to decide.
At present, we are still in the grips of Winter but the days are starting to get longer and Summer will be upon us before we know it. Although it can be a challenge to find something different to plant in our Summer Patio Containers each year, the sweetly scented Phlox paniculata are ideal for this purpose.
Begonias are amongst the most rewarding plants for pots and containers.They provide a prolonged and colourful display throughout the Summer, right up to the first frost in the Autumn.
There is probably no other plant that gives the gardener more spectacular rewards than the Dahlia
Ronald Blom is a member of the R.H.S. Tulip and Daffodil Committee and as such is a regular judge of the Spring daffodil shows. Included below are his pointers for success at the shows and a check list for you to use when preparing your exhibits.
This year we will be featuring some of the broken or reflected tulips, much prized from the 15th through the 19th centuries. These are not to be confused with the cheap imitation Rembrandts that you see today.
Having grown up with tulips all my life they are for me and I suspect most gardeners, the favourite spring flowering bulb.
After a long Winter, we look forward to our Spring bulbs emerging from the cold ground.
Plant of the week for 12 March 2009
Plant of the Week - Canna Crete
Cannas create a spectacular show in the Summer garden. The bold plants with their vibrant coloured flowers are ideal for planting in large containers or dotted about in mixed borders. Crete is one of a new breed of Cannas which is more floriferous and has a more compact habit of growth than the traditional varieties. Its fiery blood red flowers and shiny deep green leaves will delight you for many months.
Cyclamen Coum Silverleaf
Plant of the week for 12 February 2009 - Cyclamen Coum are amongst the most delightful and rewarding plants to flower in our garden during the Winter and early Spring.
Agapanthus Black Buddhist
Plant of the week for 26 January 2009 - Agapanthus are amongst our most popular plants because they create large umbels of showy colourful flowers which will create a focal point anywhere in the garden.