Spring flowering bulbs brighten the garden from when snow is on the ground right through to the sunlit early summer. Here is David Hall's guide to achieving a marvellous display of colour to herald in the new year.
Spring flowering bulbs are a joy. They burst forth from the earth with vitality and colour to herald the awakening of every new year. Here is my guide to planting daffodils.
Snowdrops and crocus are the first bulbs to brave the elements, sensing a slackening of winter's icy grip, but it's only when the daffodil finally kisses the winter goodbye that you know it's spring.
Here are my top 6 recommendations for any garden:
'February Gold' stands about 8 inches tall, a pretty daffodil with gold petals and a slightly darker yellow cap. 'Jack Snipe' is a bi-colour alternative with its yellow trumpet straining forward from splayed back petals of pure white.
'Ice Follies', a standard size daffodil at 14 inches tall sports the same yellow and white colour scheme as 'Jack Snipe', yet the petals and trumpet are more rounded with smoother lines creating a much softer and more subtle effect.
Among the garden daffodils 'King Alfred' has been most aptly named for it is without doubt the single most popular daffodil. It may have many pretenders, but it still wears the crown. Its luminous yellow heads are synonymous with a British springtime. Plant at least 6 inches deep for the very best results.
'Cassata' is unusual for it has a deeply cut open yellow trumpet, that is shaped like butterfly wings. Pale yellow rounded petals serve to highlight the unusual shape of the trumpet.
'Golden Ducat' is one of the many mid-seasoned flowering varieties, a pure yellow double form with pointed petals that spiral outwards from the heart of the bloom.
'Mount Hood' has all the poise of 'King Alfred' but is a pure white, in both trumpet and petal.
The Daffodil Society - Information about growing and caring for daffodils as well as our organisation and activities.
The Royal Horticultural Society - The RHS advice for the genus Narcissus (Daffodil).
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..
There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.
When purchasing a Christmas tree, you may or may not be aware that you're continuing a centuries old tradition that was enthusiastically adopted by the Victorians. An artificial tree as Andy Taylor explains is just a modern take on this age old practice.