Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Flowers by Kate Hardy

I have to confess I’m not much of a gardener – I like flowers and shrubs, but I’m not the best at knowing how to look after them properly. (Though I am starting to get into gardening programmes on TV now…) Our garden is pretty much a ‘look after itself’ garden, with shrubs and trees at the back, and bulbs and annuals at the front in a border and in pots. My favourite ones are the tiny varieties you get in spring. So there are the Iris Reiculata – little tiny pretty ones.

And the tete-a-tete daffodils.

Before we extended the house, we had a border with bigger daffodils and all sorts of tulips – I had the really dramatic ones that were such a dark purple, they were almost black, and the frilly red ‘parrot’ tulips. I still have my favourite ones, though – the white ones with delicate purple edges. (Actually, as a nod to one of my fellow Chocolates, these tulips happen to be called Shirley.)
But my absolute favourites are the grape hyacinths. So very, very pretty.
What are your favourite spring flowers? Are you a gardener, or are you like me and just bumble through with the stuff you like?

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Liz Fielding said...

I love grape hyacinths and mix them with tete-a-tete's in pots. They have been stunning this year.

Kate Hardy said...

Thank you for hosting me, Liz! Blue and yellow make such a nice combination, don't they?

Donna said...

lOVE sPRING FLOWERS lIZ, THEY MAKE A BEAUTIFUL ARRAY. Love to see the gardens out in flourish, though we are only in autumn now.

Helena said...

I do love spring flowers, although as I'm not fond of yellow I prefer the white or cream narcissus. I like grape hyacinths, and wild bluebells in the woods. I love tulips, both in the garden and as (bought) cut flowers. Snowdrops and crocus are probably my favourite spring flowers, partly because they're the earliest and signal the approaching end of winter!

Laurie G said...

I like lilacs and lilies of the valley.