It’s been pretty mild this winter so far, and therefore my garden is a mixture of bulbs that are doing well at the right time of year, alongside bulbs that are doing well a month or so ahead of their usual time.
I planted a load of Crocus bulbs last year along my garden path, and this year they have finally emerged. They’re mostly purple, aside from a few Crocus ‘Golden Bunch’ yellow ones that I planted at the end of 2017.
Joining them, are some Daffodil bulbs that are in pots which seem to be far ahead of the bulbs that I planted directly in the garden last autumn. I suspect that this is because they’re getting warmer.
Despite the Daffodils enjoying the warmer pot, the Crocus ‘Vanguard’ bulbs which I planted in a small windowbox-sized pot in 2016 have yet to show a flower. Their leaves are up, but maybe they flower a little later? If they don’t emerge soon, I will transfer them from their pot and plant them out amongst the rest of the crocuses.
Almost a year ago, we had snow, and the crocuses disappeared under the snow for weeks in what was one of the coldest and longest UK winters for many years.
With the milder weather comes a few early-emerging bees. These bees are hungry, desperately looking for pollen, and the simple crocus flower, along with snowdrops, provide an essential food source that can help feed a hungry swarm and get them safely into spring.
Hopefully the snow will stay away this year as so many tender shoots and insects have begun to emerge, although a few hard frosts might be helpful to slow down the slugs and snails!
I hope that you’re busily preparing for the growing season – it’s right around the corner. As ever, happy gardening, and thanks for reading.