Nature’s planting time is nigh

Dwarf `Rip Van Winkle`
Dwarf `Rip Van Winkle`

The number of plant offers in the national press and gardening magazines has increased dramatically of late and 2014 seed catalogues that drop through the letterbox daily are flagging up new introductions.

All this because they know that nature’s planting time is approaching and we are planning what to grow in the months ahead.

These tempting offers are difficult to resist and I’ve already taken up two, one for dwarf narcissi, the other for blueberry plants.

We have a preference for the dwarf narcissi because they stand up well to the wind-driven weather that greets their emergence in late February/early March.

For us, they appear earlier and flower longer than the tall daffodils and are at their best when planted close together in a group.

The offer just posted was for 150 bulbs covering six varieties, 25 of each, and the cost of just under £20 was a snip when you consider that they’ll last for years and multiply over time. Better still, this collection included cultivars such as Minnow, Tete-a-Tete and Rip van Winkle.

In keeping with an increasing number of offers, the two blueberry plants were actually free. We only had to pay £5.65 postage, much less than these perennial fruit bushes would cost at the garden centre.

Although the variety Pinkberry is self-fertile, it is a fact that growing another plant alongside will always secure an even better crop when they flower together.

Powder Blue accompanies it in this package as the extra pollinator.