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).
With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.