Plan for spring garden colour now and brighten up your autumn


There are dark days ahead, so think forward to May

We are ordering tulips now for the pots at home. Swooning over possibilities: reds, creams, oranges; tall French in layers with narcissi and shorter, brighter stems. We will order pheasant’s eye narcissi again – old school, fragrant and comforting.

We have left it a little late. I was unsure at first about changing the spring flowers. We had stayed with the geraniums in the window boxes through the past winter. It was hard at first to find new flowers during lockdown and it seemed bad manners to switch. A show of ingratitude, if you will. They brightened our lives through the first gloomy days of Covid. They coloured our windows on the world.

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