This weekend marks the spring equinox and it’s all happening out there. The species tulips are coming into flower with their subtle, delicate beauty. They are joined by China blue periwinkles, dwarf narcissi and grape hyacinths.
As ever I am joining in with The Propagator and his joyful crew showing six things from our gardens this weekend
1. Tulipa turkestanica
The Turkestan tulip is native to Central Asia. I love the way that it opens up into these pretty stars during the day, then closes up tightly at night.
2. Tulipa sylvestris
Another species tulip, the wild tulip has slightly larger canary yellow flowers which bend over as if in conversation.
3. Jolly red tulip
I can’t remember the name of this crimson tulip which I planted a row of but I love the way it opens up shamelessly to expose its sepals and tepals – reminds me of a film I watched on my RHS level 2 course called The Sex Lives of Plants.
It is always a delight to see the white bell flowers of comfrey. Once they’ve gone over I will steep the leaves to make ‘comfrey tea’ fertiliser.
5. Grape hyacinths
I planted these as an edging to our path a few years ago and for the most part they are still coming up year after year.
6. Muscari armeniacum ‘Valerie Finnis’
I planted these paler blue grape hyacinths in a matching pale blue pot in the autumn. This blue is my very favourite colour and sings to me of spring.