1. Yippie - I can plant bulbs again!

Yippie - I can plant bulbs again!

I feel like a little kid. I could just go skipping around my garden! It's September, so the time for planting bulbs has begun!

Nosing about

Even though I'm still thrilled whenever I see my gorgeous dahlias, I've already started to nose around here and there for colourful bulbs to plant this autumn. That's because they are so widely available at the market in Haarlem which is close to where I live. They give my garden the first flowers of the new year, so I'm going to create a colourful and inviting display! This year, however, I'm going to look for some less familiar kinds, just out of curiosity.

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Crazy about tulips

I simply couldn't do without tulips in my garden. I've worked for tulip bulb growers for years, and I just love tulips. I try different colours every year. This year, I'm going for a nice hot pink and an intense deep red.

Daffodils for Easter

Sunny yellow daffodils are perfect for Easter - they make me think of everything associated with Easter. Yellow isn't usually my favourite colour, but I can't get enough of it at Easter. Isn't this one pretty? It's Narcissus Fortissimo: yellow with a cute little orange nose.

Chequered fritillary

My mother has a huge garden that contains chequered fritillaries. Their flowers fascinate me every year, so it's about time I tried them in my garden, too. The Latin name for the Chequered fritillary is Fritillaria meleagris. And the name for them in Dutch is Kievietsbloem since they also look like lapwing eggs. Their white and lilac flowers add a beautiful touch of colour to the garden. Another nice bonus: chequered fritillaries naturalise quickly, so they will emerge year after year! And they thrive not only in sunny spots but in shady spots as well.

Early Glory-of-the-snow

This is one of the earliest spring-flowering bulbs. The first Glory-of-the-snow buds can even push their way through the snow. Another nice feature: they produce more bulbs every year. I'm definitely going to give these a go! Their Latin name is fairly complicated: Chionodoxa. I think I'll stick to Glory-of-the-snow - that is easier to pronounce.

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