Peter Boyce in his monograph on the genus writes “...this species is deservedly popular with aroid fanciers.....Most clones are hardy, free-flowering and have handsome coloration. “ He points out the one disadvantage that Arum dioscoridis has and that is its smell “...
A widespread bulbs native to the western states of the US and Canada where it grows on hillsides and mountains. It has grown well for me planted under one of the Humming Bird Trumpets (Zauschneria) in the new Mediterranean garden.
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.
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.
Native to Turkish mountains where they flower almost as soon as the snow melts. Iris reticulata is native to the mountains of eastern Turkey, western Iran, northern Iraq and the Caucasus. This cultivated form has rich royal purple flowers on 12 cm stems.
Large soft lemon, brown rimmed flowers are produced on 25cm tall stems. Its fragrance has been described as a combination of gardenia and banana. In bud the flowers are blue but they open to quite long almost tubular flowers although still pinched at the tip.
A particularly beautiful daffodil which opens creamy white from a lemon bud. We imported this from Europe just a few years ago and it has proven to be a very good doer here at Lambley where it increases very well. Large flowered on 35-40cm stems.
The earliest of the typical trumpet daffodils to flower starting in mid June and going on through most of July. Perfectly shaped daffodil yellow flowers are held on 20cm tall stems. The foliage is not well developed at flowering time making this a good bulb for pots.
'Small Talk' is one of the best of the smaller growing trumpet daffodils. It flowers here in the first weeks of September. Quick to increase and a vigorous grower it is a good alternative in smaller gardens to the large trumpet types. 20-25cm
A very dark blue flowered form which always causes a stir when in flower here. A good doer which is happy in sun or shade. Although peruviana literally means "from Peru", it is strictly a western Mediterranean species.
A baby blue flowered variety with a deeper blue centre to each lobe this is a great improvement on Queen Fabiola. It has longer stems and a more pleasing flower colour and more elegant arrangement of the 20 or so flower to each head. A new import.
Triumph Tulips are the kind most often grown for the cut flower trade but they are also amongst the best varieties for planting in the garden and in pots. They carry traditionally shaped tulips on strong stems.
‘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.
Single late tulip with large beautifully shaped creamy white flowers. Long blooming and with sturdy stems ‘City of Vancouver’ has been bred for outstanding colour and a long vase life if cut for the house.