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Garden Bulb Types

7. BULBS Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops) Well-known early-flowering bulb with greyish leaves. What is not so well known is that they only move well when ‘in the green’, that is in full leaf. Dry bulbs take years to flower. Specialist nurseries … Continue reading

20. June 2013 by admin
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Iris x Fulvala

As with Iris fulva, Iris Fulvala is one of the Louisiana irises, which are naturally distributed in the warm and wetlands of the southern USA. In appearance, however, this iris is totally different. It is a much showier iris, with … Continue reading

21. March 2012 by admin
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Spring Borders: Flowers Throughout the Spring

Flowers throughout the spring With a little careful planning and some imagination you can create an uplifting spring border that comes into flower before the end of winter and provides a constant display of cheerful colour until early summer. Bulbs … Continue reading

22. August 2011 by admin
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Winter Flowering Bulbs for Colour Indoors

As an inexpensive means of providing colourful floral decorations in the home during the dull weeks of winter and early spring, bulbs are pre-eminent. One does not need to be a skilled gardener or possess special knowledge to grow them … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Zephyranthes: Zephyr Flower or Swamp Lily

This is known as the Zephyr Flower or Swamp Lily. The bulbs can be grown in light, sandy, well-drained loam in a sunny position, where they produce narrow, strap-shaped leaves and erect, funnel-shaped, crocus-like flowers. The best known species is … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Spring Flowering Bulbs: Tulips

For spring bedding there is no flower which has such a wide colour range or which gives such a bright display over so long a period as the tulip. They can be massed in beds by themselves, but the best … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Growing Bulbs for the Summer: Tigridia

One of the most exotic and unusual of all bulbous flowers for the summer garden is the tigridia, sometimes catalogued as Ferraria and also known as the Peacock Tiger Flower. The quaint shape and marking of the flowers attract attention … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Growing Autumn-Flowering Bulbs: Sternbergia

Sternbergia lutes is an attractive autumn-flowering bulb growing to about 4 to 6 in. in height and producing large, rich golden-yellow blooms in October. It is most effective planted on grassy banks and slopes as well as in the rock … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Sparaxis Bulbs

This small genus of South African origin produces flowers of such brilliant colour combinations that it is often referred to as the Harlequin Flower. Sparaxis are closely related to ixias although they have larger flowers, averaging 2 in. across, and … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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Growing Scilla Bulbs

This genus takes in a very large number of species of varying size. The bulbs produce strap-shaped leaves and spikes bearing six-petalled flowers. Practically all are hardy, although some come from South Africa and other warm places. October is an … Continue reading

08. July 2011 by admin
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