FORESIGHT required! We are in autumn 2021 . . . at least, that’s the destination if we thumb through the pages of a bulb booklet that’s just plopped onto the doormat.
Somerset-based mail order nursery Broadleigh Gardens clearly believe in despatching catalogues early – very early . . . three seasons early, in fact.
So while some may sigh that current spring flowers are still strutting their stuff – well, my tulips are still hanging in there – and don’t need reminding about 12 months hence, others will be pleased to dig into the choices, plan ahead and get their order in.
As always, long-time Broadleigh owner Christine Skelmersdale – holder of the coveted Victoria Medal of Honour and an RHS council member for 11 years – gives customers plenty to mull over.
Reflecting on how gardens have proved stressed-busting oases in this Covid-crushed year, Christine picks out the faithful daffodil as a sign of hope.
For a flower that delight us from January, or even as early as Christmas time, Rijnveld’s Early Sensation – right through to early May – Poeticus Recurvus – daffs are surely a force of variety to be reckoned with.
Broadleigh showcase three newbies – Spring Sunshine (12in, March), the dwarf Miss Muffet (11in, Feb-March) and the lemon-flowered Stint (12in), a lovely short variety for March and bearing one to three nodding trumpets per stem.
The 32-page catalogue is filled with ample alliums, crocuses, muscari – Pink Sunrise, what a colour! – tulips, including some gorgeous lily flowereds, irises great and small, the graceful erythronium and plenty more to whet the appetite for a spring show to die for in 2022.
✴ Contact Broadleigh at http://www.broadleighbulbs.co.uk / 01622 845990. There are numerous additions to the catalogue listings online.
✴ Beautiful bulbs: From top – The huge heads of Allium Globemaster, Narsissus Segovia, the extraordinary pink grape hyacinth Pink Sunrise, above – the new Broadleigh catalogue for planning several months ahead. Pictures courtesy of Broadleigh Gardens.