The world seems completely unaware of the current situation as it bursts into life and reveals all it’s beauty. Lambs are bouncing round the fields, gardens are being prepared and the sun has decided to stay for a while. Springtime, it’s the month of hope, dreams and my favourite flowers…
It’s no secret that I adore Spring flowers, I had a whole trough dedicated to growing them over the past 5 years but this is the first time I’ve really neglected them (the two photos above where taken in April 2019!) We’ve been so focused on getting the new plot ready that I haven’t touched my old one, after all there was no sense in tending to a plot which I was officially giving up in September.
Unfortunately there’s no room for the trough over on the new plot unless I placed it in full shade which just wouldn’t work for the bulbs at all. Instead we’ll be under planting the apple tree in the centre container with tulips, daffodils and crocus bulbs. Not only that but I’ll no doubt dot them around the plot in containers or possibly even plant a few bunches of them in the vegetable beds. Of course that will be a job for later this year and I’m very much looking forward to when I can choose varieties and plant them out in November! Talking of bulbs, I’ll be planting out 50 Gladioli on the allotment very soon and I really can’t wait to see them bloom!
However, for now I’m cherishing those few bloom that are still popping up on the old plot. I’ve picked a few that were planted by the gate, some from a container and there’s still been life in the old trough too. The majority of the bulbs I planted in there only flower once so there’s quite a lot missing, a few of the tulips will be ready to pick in the next few days but the Daffodils have yet again stolen the show.
I think I went on about this last year but I used to hate Daffodils, I thought they were old fashioned, boring and only came in yellow… Then my eyes were opened to the world of Daffodil varieties and now they have a place in my heart and will always have a place on my allotment.
If I had to pick a favourite? That would have to be ‘Sir Winston Churchill’. How could you not love a flower which has 5 beautiful heads?! The delicate cream petals with the petite double centre with splashes of orange. Not only are they pretty to look at but the scent is amazing too, plus they have a pretty cool name…
Coming in at a close second would be ‘My Story’, I’m a lover of a big frilly double bloom (and it reminds me of a creme egg!)
What’s your favourite variety?