I have taken a chance and planted bulbs of the exquisite Fritillaria meleagris on either side of the stepping stone to the tap. They thrive in damp meadows so these beds are the nearest I can offer and it’s open ground and not too shady with shrubs on either side.
The very sweetly scented reticulata iris ‘Edward’ flowers in February so I’ve filled two tall terracotta pots near the kitchen door to get the full benefit.
On the allotment I planted 25 Ranunculus Aviv Red in the cut flower bed. I love the intense red and the tightly layered form of the flowers. The bulbs are very strange rather like a clump of bunched bananas and it’s this end that goes in the soil.
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I rounded up nasturtiums and dahlias for my favourite pale green jug and then found it very difficult to photograph. The light was poor due to heavy rain here but the combination is lovely and it helped confirm my paint sample colours for the kitchen walls – it’s to be a soft chalky yellow.