PREPARE now for autumn 2019, even though we haven’t yet hit June and the longest day. This, though, is the message from Broadleigh Gardens who have sent out their latest bulb catalogue to all their loyal customers.
So with tulips only recently faded and memories of the dancing daffs still vibrant in our minds, we can once again feast our eyes on crocuses, muscari, scilla, triteleia and loads of daffodils and tulips . . . among others.
Broadleigh founder Lady Christine Skelmersdale has now semi-retired, so although she continues to live at Bishops Hull, near Taunton, all bulbs are despatched from near Maidstone, Kent, though items from the firm’s spring catalogue will continue to be sent out from Taunton in February and March 2020.
At just 32 pages, it’s not the fattest of handbooks, though much is packed inside, from alliums and anemones right though to a whole range of tulips – lily flowered (my favourite), greigii, kaufmanniana, species, borders and multi-floras, along with some sumptuously colourful ideas to brighten those springtime bed and borders, tubs and troughs.
There’s also a chance to buy Christine’s own book, A Gardener’s Guide to Bulbs, with a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh. It’s 200 pages long, lavishly illustrated and filled with inspiring, practical and comprehensive advice, as well as containing a seasonal A-Z of bulbs and personal anecdotes. A signed copy costs £25 to include postage.
■ For a copy of the book phone 01823 286231. For a catalogue or to order call 01622 845990.
■ Bursting with colour: Top – the new catalogue’s front page splash; above – tulips and friends on the back page.