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Lambley Winter/Spring Flowering Bulbs - ALL



This is our best ever bulb catalogue and the chance to obtain many of these selections is too good an opportunity to miss. Available only while stocks last. Orders will be delivered from the end of February in perfect time for planting. more... about Winter and Spring Flowering Bulbs


This year we are releasing a selection of stunning Alliums we have imported from Northern Europe. These are good strong vigorous bulbs ready for flowering. They want only a sunny spot in a region of warm dry summers and cold, frosty winters. more... about Ornamental Alliums


The true Arums are a race of great beauty and with one exception are unlikely to ever become a problem in the garden. The genus suffers from being confused with Zantedesia aethiopica, the big white, often weedy lily wrongly called by florists and gardeners alike as the Arum Lily.

The true Arums are natives of North Africa, Mediterranean Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. We grow them all here at Lambley in beds that are allowed to become fairly dry during summer but this isn’t altogether a necessity as they are quite comfortable in any well drained spot in full sun or light shade. Winter and spring flowering, and summer dormant, they lend themselves well to planting amongst later flowering perennials.

A minority have an unpleasant odour but the majority are pleasantly scented or have no smell at all. Some make long lasting, exciting cut flowers. No garden should be without these wonders of the plant world. more... about Arum Lilies


Camassia are a North American genus found growing in moist places from Vancouver to northern California, from sea level into the mountains. They are best planted in parts of the garden with good humus rich soil which is given supplementary irrigation during summer as, unlike most other bulbs in this catalogue, Camassias resent drying out during summer and accept moist light shade too. In flower for a good month or more. more... about Camassia


The following Crocus vary in flowering time from July until early September. We have planted them under perennials such as Salvia nemorosa and Origanum cultivars which are cut to the ground during late autumn. All the following are easy to accomodate and have the same cultivation needs. Plant the bulbs in a sunny spot about 5cm. below soil level in well drained soil. They probably will not be happy close to the coast nor in subtropical areas.

Crocus chrysanthus
The cultivars of this species are amongst the most handsome of all Crocus. They are also very long flowering giving a good month’s display here at Lambley. Earlier flowering than the Dutch bred C. vernus hybrids they have a more pleasing form and beautiful markings. more... about Winter/Spring Flowering Crocus

Crocus sieberi is an easy species to grow and we have some large patches of it in the dry garden where they freely multiply and flower in the late winter and early spring. more... about Crocus sieberi


Winter would not be the same here without the flowers of this wonderful, easily grown crocus. Brian Matthews, in his monograph The Crocus, writes “In parts of Montenegro and Hercigovina I have seen it growing so thickly as to colour the woodlands, like English bluebells.” I grow it in the dry garden under salvias and toad flax which are cut to the ground in May. This crocus flowers in July. It self sows in the garden and as it flowers in three years from seed it soon makes a decent show, especially as the bulbs increase freely. Over the years European gardeners have selected some different forms. more... about Crocus tommasinianus




Dutch Iris are amongst the easiest spring bulbs to grow. They flower during late spring on 80-90cm tall stems. They are excellent as a cut flower as well as a showy garden plant. Plant in a spot which gets at least six hours sun a day. After flowering has finished wait until the foliage starts to turn yellow and then cut back. These bulbs can be left in the garden as they don’t need lifting during summer. more... about Dutch Iris

These are amongst the most beautiful of all winter flowering bulbs. They are easy to grow as long as a few important rules are followed. They need to be planted in a well drained spot which gets all the winter sun. The soil should be prepared well with plenty of dolomite or ground garden lime added as these Iris don’t enjoy excessively acid soils. I plant the bulbs between 12 and 15 cm deep. The soil should be kept dry during summer. Whilst these Iris are beautiful in pots the first year you receive them after that they need to be planted in the garden. None of this will seem too much trouble when you see these jewels flowering on 15cm tall stems during the depths of winter taking frost, wind rain and snow in their stride. more... about Iris reticulata and I. histrioides