Monday, 31 March 2014
'Small Is Beautiful'
Last September's bulb order included a couple of new to me bulbs so I've been awaiting their opening with great anticipation. Allium 'Purple Rain' has still to flower whilst the other bulb narcissus 'Elka' has been one of this month's stars. I ordered 50 of the bulbs which have were planted mainly in the gabion border as well as a stray handful in a pot. They have lived up to the catalogue description and are quite small. The pot planted ones are about 5 inches whilst the tallest of those planted in the ground are about 9 inches. I've been waiting to see whether the trumpet fades as promised from a bright lemon yellow to a creamy colour as the flowers matures and yes they most certainly do as you can see from the photos. This little beauty was awarded an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS in 2011. It was bred by a Cornish cut flower grower Alec Gray and was named after a couple of daffodil growing friends Elizabeth and Kate ~
I'm so pleased that I decided to try 'Elka' and plan to order more this autumn. Are you enjoying any new to you bulbs this spring?