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.
One of the joys of winter, Iris ‘George’, with its rich plum-purple flowers, is a vigorous hybrid between Iris histrioides and I. reticulata. It increases well in the garden if planted in a well drained sunny spot which isn’t too acid. Read more about Iris histrioides ‘George’
These have giant flowers almost as big as tulips. They flower late winter and early spring and will cope with more summer watering than most other crocus although they grow happily in dry conditions. They all make good pot plants and can be brought inside when they start to flower.
Crocus vernus ‘Grand Maitre’ has violet blue Flowers. The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east.
Crocus vernus ‘Joan of Arc’ is pure white with contrasting yellow stamens. The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east.
The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east. Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ has creamy white flowers with purple feathering.
Crocus flava ‘Yellow Mammoth’ produces rich egg yolk yellow goblets almost the size of tulips. It flowers late July and early August and will cope with more summer watering than most other crocus although it will grow happily in dry conditions. Read more about Crocus vernus ‘Yellow Mammoth’
This award winning late tulip “.....is brilliant spinel-red with a raspberry-fuchsia glow and fire engine red edges that are variably flamed apricot. Its interior is tomato-re with a sunny yellow base.” All carried on strong tall stems.
This large flowered Darwin tulip has 12cm long blooms of a glowing reddish orange with golden orange rims. ‘Orange Balloon’ is one of the largest flowered of all tulips and is displayed on 45-50cm tall strong stems. Bred for repeat flowering.
T. Cynthia has pale lemon-yellow flowers with a broad band on the back of the outer petals. It was the most remarked upon bulb in our fields last September. The flowers are held on 30cm tall stems and are best planted 10cm apart. Read more about Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia ’
‘Negrita’ is earlier flowering than the better known ‘Queen of the Night’. It carries its deep purple flowers on 45cm tall stems. Flowers early mid season here at Lambley and is long lasting in the garden as well as picked.