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Some Flowers for a Change

By Mwillis
How about seeing some flowers instead of vegetables, just for a change?
I am very happy with these bright red Tulips in a wide shallow blue pot:
Some flowers for a change
My only complaint is that they are supposed to grow to only 6" tall, and these are at least twice that!
Some flowers for a change
They are "Dwarf Praestans". There are 10 bulbs in the pot, but this is a multi-headed variety, so it looks as if there are more.  In full sun the flowers open very wide.
Some flowers for a change
But when the sun goes in they close up tight like this:
Some flowers for a change
The Daffodils are just about finished now. My favourites are the strongly-scented "Soleils d'Or" - the ones I bought in the Isles of Scilly. Nice while they lasted, but past their best now:
Some flowers for a change
In order to prolong their life and prevent them going "blind", I will be doing all the right things with those bulbs - feeding them with fertiliser; removing the flowers to stop seeds forming; leaving the foliage to die down naturally, etc. If you want to see some more advice on this, follow this link to the relevant bit of the RHS website - Daffodil blindness.
This is Euphorbia "Clarice Howard", which seems to have recovered a bit this year, after a very poor showing last time.
Some flowers for a change
It is normally very vigorous, and spreads enthusiastically via underground roots. I am forever pulling up bits of it that appear in the shingle.
Some flowers for a change
Some flowers for a change
Some flowers for a change
Along the edge of the border, just by the Euphorbia, I have established a clump of Primroses.
Some flowers for a change
Many of them are brightly-coloured ones bought as a mixed pack from the local Garden Centre, but some of them are the old-fashioned yellow / cream type, which I like better. They seem more natural.
Some flowers for a change
The Snakeshead Fritillaries (Fritillaria Meleagris) are coming along nicely.
Some flowers for a change
I always find it hard to photograph them well, because the flower patterns are naturally blurred and it looks as if the photos are out of focus. A lot of the stems have two flowers.
Some flowers for a change
Some flowers for a change
Not all the Fritillaries are speckly purple. Some of them are white:
Some flowers for a change
This is that beautiful dark-coloured Hellebore given to me by my Facebook friend Alice.
Some flowers for a change

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