Category Archives: Spring flowers

Growing Spring flowers indoors

This question was asked by
C. Towell

Mini Tulip Giuseppe Verdi, would these bulbs be suitable for growing indoors in a large bowl? If not, could you recommend some spring bulbs that are. Many thanks

You can plant the Guiseppe Verdi tulips outside in a pot/container and then bring them inside once they are flowering.

The other bulbs we would recommend for indoor flowering and this would be in time for Christmas would be Hyacinths and Amaryllis (Amaryllis bulbs are due online soon).

Hyacinth Delft Blue (Pack of 6) (SKU17938)

Hyacinth Pink Pearl (Pack of 6) (SKU179381)

Hyacinth White Pearl (Pack of 6) (SKU1793811)

 

Shows, shows and more shows…

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Well we had a blast at the Harrogate Flower Show, even with the rain! It’s all over now until the Spring show 2018!

We’re now over in Ireland at the National Ploughing Championships with a our faithful Mascot ‘Daisy the Cow’. Daisy travels everywhere with us. If you spot her on your travels when visiting our stands, do take a photo and send it over to us on Facebook #SpotDaisy

Next we are exhibiting at the RHS Malvern Flower Show for all your spring flowering bulb needs. We have some great Hyacinth bulbs that have been prepared to have indoors for Christmas or just plant them in your garden (or pots on your patio) for a lovely burst of colour in the spring.

Hyacinthus Jan Bos im Topf

Don’t forget we have all our Spring bulbs available online to order now and we will be starting to dispatch at the end September!

 

 

Tulips and flowering times.

This question was asked by
Gill

Can you recommend a White or Yellow Tulip that will flower at the same time as Queen of the Night(the Black Tulips I already have). I wondered about Angels Wish? Thanks

Hi there,

Yes Angel’s Wish is a good choice to flower at the same time as Queen of Night Tulips.

Angels Wish (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17633)

Queen of Night (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (harts1118)

kind regards
Loraine Hart

Start of Autumn…

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Autumn and what to plant

The temperature is dropping, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour – all signs that summer is drawing to a close. But when does autumn actually start? Well it’s the 1st September if you go by the meteorological calendar or 23rd September based on the Astronimical calendar. If, like us, you’re wondering what the difference is, the meteorological calendar is more simplified and splits up the four seasons into three month blocks and the Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. So either way, Autumn is upon us! And its time to start thinking about your Spring garden as our glorious spring flowers like to be planted throughout the Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov).

Here’s a little break down of what you can plant this Autumn to have some colour in your garden month by month:

January-February: CrocusSnowdrops, 

February-March: Narcissus,  Leucojum Aestivum

 

March-April: Tulips,  Cyclamen,  Puschkinia, Anemone Blanda, Chinodoxa,
Erythronium Pagoda

April- May: FritillariaHyacinthoides Non-Scripta ‘Blue Bells’, Alliums

May +: CamassiaEremurus

Martagon Lilies

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We now have our stunning Martagons available to order as well. With a few new varieties to choose from. Our Martagons will also be dispatched in the Autumn for planting throughout the months of Sept, Oct and Nov. Martagons are ideal for woodland type gardens. These special Lilies grow especially well in dappled shade in Humus-rich, Alkaline soil. They naturalize really well and are long lived and hardy.

 

Happy Gardening!
Harts Nursery 🙂

 

 

 

 

Allium gigantium

This question was asked by
Valerie

How would I plant 3 bulbs if I wanted to grow in pots would they need a pot each and what size pot do I need and what compost .

It’s personal choice on how you wish to plant them. If you want 3 in a pot, we would advise a 12″ pot. A free-draining, multi-purpose compost will be fine, or try John Innes No. 3.

Loraine Hart

Look out for Lily Beetles!

Now’s the time to start checking your foliage on your lilies and fritillaria for the dreaded scarlett beetle. I’ve just been out in my garden and found 4!! Those little pests were soon removed to prevent them from ruining the leaves of my plants.

We have tips to prevent these beetles from ruining your plants and other care tips on our FAQ page.

Getting Ready for RHS Cardiff Flower Show

RHS Cardiff Flower Show preparations have been well and truly underway in our nursery, for both the show plants and the flowers we are bringing to sell. Here’s a little peak behind the scenes on our nursery floor.

We hope to see some of you at the show this weekend, it’s on from the 7th until the 9th April. You can find us in the Floral Marquee as well as outside with a garden display. There will be plenty of garden talks, and of course flowers for sale to get your Summer garden started.

A trolley full of daffodils ready to go to their new homes.

Don’t forget it’s Easter soon! Flowers make excellent gifts, or if you’re really undecided we have gift vouchers so your friends and family can choose their own bulbs.

Growing Lilies in Pots

Growing lilies in pots is a great way to add a pop of colour to your gardens. You can then choose to keep them in their pots or replant them into your flower beds throughout the growing season.

For best results put your pots in a spot that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day and ensure the soil is well drained. Lilies don’t like standing in water! In fact, you only need to keep them moist, sometimes water every few days, meaning in rainy periods you may not have to water them much at all.

Dwarf lilies/Pot Lilies and other short stemmed lilies tend to be popular as pot choices as they fill out with flowers. If you want taller plants, AsiaticsOrientals and Trumpet lilies can grow nice and tall with an abundance of flowers on the top. Just check the height of each variety as they can vary. Our website gives you the average height for each lily.

Ensure your pot is big and heavy enough as some varieties can become tall with lots of flower heads, this will prevent them from falling over from strong winds. You can add rocks or pieces of broken pots to the bottom to help with your drainage . If you don’t have sufficient drainage in your pots your plants could rot. Once your lilies have flowered and died back ready for their cold-dormant stage through-out the winter months, it’s a good idea to tilt your pots on their side to prevent waterlog. More advice can be found on our website.