By Euro Weekly News Media • 06 March 2013 • 19:18
SPRING FLOWERS: Beginning to appear
By Clodagh and Dick Handscombe, Spain’s best known gardening authors living in Spain for 25 years.
AS spring starts to exert itself one of the delights beyond the almond blossom is the flowers of bulbous plants in both gardens and the countryside.
With careful choice and care they can add welcome stars to all gardens and apartment terraces throughout the year.
Bulbous plants store growth hormones moisture and nutrients in a variety of forms.
Some problems and solutions
A collection of bulbous plants can add seasonal stars to any garden but bulbous plants are not without problems.
Over the past 25 years we have spent quite a lot of money attempting to establish a collection of bulbs including some of the rarer varieties from around the world, but not all liked the microclimate of our garden. In general those that failed were soft skinned fleshy bulbs.
As a result we now suggest that you follow these guidelines.
The easiest to raise include agapanthus, clivias, cyclamens, crocuses, daffodils, freesias, gladiolus, grape hyacinths, irises, lilies, san diego de noche and tulbaghia,
See chapter 4.11 in Your Garden in Spain for more details including photographs and botanical English and Spanish names.
If you want to try something special look up the catalogues of The Heritage Bulb Society and Chiltern Seeds. If irises interest you look up the website of The Marnes Iris Garden, located near Benissa in Alicante province, which has amazing displays from March to May each year.
(c) Clodagh and Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain.com
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