This Week in the Garden.

Even though it is cold and wet today, we’ve had weeks of sunny and mild weather, meaning spring continues its early march. And it is mostly the bulbs that are early to flower, especially in the sheltered micro-climate of the secret garden area where Tulips are commanding my attention:




Clockwise L-R: Mixed Tulips (Monet Series); Species Tulip (Tulipa bakerei) ‘Lilac Wonder’; Bokassa Tulips ‘Baby Doll’

Narcissi in the other areas of the garden have finally started to open:


The Cockatoo has actually left the white Narcissi alone!

Compare this to the Narcissi in the secret garden area which are so far ahead:


The scent in the secret garden is heavenly on still, sunny days…let me tell you!

The first Freesias have opened:


Muscari still continue to put on a lovely display. The secret garden area was the first to open, and now the rest of the garden is following suit.


I love the contrast between the Erysimum and the Muscari:


Most of the Erysimum in the garden have started blooming and I really adore some of the burnt reds and oranges:


Pink Muscari are something of a disappointment. They have really only just started opening, and the pink is very subtle (to say the least). As they fill out in the next year or so, they may look impressive, but for now, I’ll reserve judgement. The garden centre did however include an unknown bulb in the mix which is far lovelier than the Muscari!


Ipheon continue to give a lovely display and have been going since mid winter which is quite incredible.


Anemone and Ranunculus are also starting to show promise:


But not everything in the garden is early. In areas which only receive partial sun, my cold climate wins out.

For instance, when I lived in the UK, Cyclamen and Pulmonaria were considered mid-late winter flowers. However here, they have only just started to open, but are delightful none-the-less.


Happy Gardening!


46 thoughts on “This Week in the Garden.

    • Thanks! I’d never head of a Roman Hyacinth, they are very pretty, although it isn’t showing signs of getting that hyacinth shape (yet). It is certainly much prettier than the bland pink of the muscari


      • Well, Roman Hyacinths are the beginning of the breeding for the typical modern Hyacinth. They are found in old cemetaries in the Deep South, they were planted for their fragrance and later bred to the Pyramidal things you see now – do you think it is a Chinodoxa?

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      • The old varieties look almost like Spanish bluebells. My little one doesn’t have the little trumpet shape behind the petals, so it could be a chinodoxa, although it only has two very tiny leaves – all the photos I’ve seen (chinodoxo is very uncommon in Australia) show quite a bit of foliage…so it’s anyone’s guess. If it is, I think I also prefer the blue!!!!


  1. We have massive cyclamen leaves down in the jungle area of the garden but never see any flowers. I am guessing “something” eats them. Most probably the same “something” that is crawling under our gate to eat my poor long suffering loquat plants. Your bulb display is lovely. I find it interesting that the yellow daffodils are starting to wane now and the white and light yellow ones are only just starting to emerge. My chooks have tried their hardest to scratch out my muscari and I would dearly love some pulmonaria in the vain hope that they would take over from all of the forget-me-nots that are flowering like crazy at the moment and that promise to create a sticky velcro-like carpet in the near future. Aint gardening grand? 😉

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  2. Yes, it is strange that you are blogging about spring just as I am ordering spring bulbs and plants for next year. Very timely – got me dreaming of that wonderful time in the garden. I will probably buy twice as much now! I love the Ipheon – I don’t know that plant. Many things you have are the same as in my garden, though – for example I grew the Tulipa bakerei ‘Lilac Wonder’ for the first time last year and I have many Erysimums and Muscari.

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    • Thanks Pat. I hope to natuarilse the bulbs – the muscari are doing really well. But the bulbs have only been in for 3months – 1 year. I’ll be adding more varieties this coming autumn. It’s an addiction 🙂


  3. All those flowers look wonderful! That mystery bulb does look like Chionodoxa to me. The leaves are small at first but grow rapidly. That erysimum and muscari make a nice pairing. I love burnt reds and oranges, too. I don’t have nearly enough of those colors in my garden. I’m growing a bunch of erysimum from seed I collected off the plants I added this summer. Can’t wait to see what comes out of them!

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    • Thanks Evan – the erysimum were very slow to start off with (in fact almost no growth and certainly no flowers for the first year), but this year they have really taken off…just as I had almost given up on them!


  4. Ah, I see that while I am ordering bulbs, they are blooming in your part of the world. I very much like ‘Lilac Wonder’, but I’m not familiar with the Monet Series or Bokassa tulips. The Erysimum are also new to me, but I really love the color. After looking them up it appears they will not grow in my region, too bad.

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    • I think both of these are an Australian description of a type of tulipa x hybrid. These guess these would be considered ‘single early’ in the US. It’s a shame that you can’t grow wallflowers – they’ve been in every garden I’ve ever had in both Europe and Australia

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