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The 10 Best Spring Flowering Bulbs

Working with top growers in the Netherlands, we’re proud to be able to provide the highest quality Dutch bulbs fresh and direct to you, so all you have to do is plant them in autumn and look forward to a top-notch display next spring! Spring-flowering bulbs are very easy to grow and most varieties are hardy. Here’s our pick of the 10 best bulb types!

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Double Hyacinths Make a Historic Comeback

When we look at Farmer Gracy’s superb range of Hyacinths, we spot something that might seem quite new: double-flowered Hyacinth varieties. Strange though it may seem, double hyacinths were once discarded. Then they became a fashion craze before disappearing into obscurity - only to be rediscovered by connoisseurs in relatively recent times. Hyacinths were once almost as popular as Tulips, and avid gardeners flocked to buy the vast range of varieties that were available at the time. Strange though it may seem, the first double hyacinths were often discarded as genetic oddities. Because they weren’t true-to-type, growers who discovered them among their breeding stock regarded them as “inferior”, but later began to recognize their true potential. In the 18th century,...

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Best naturalising Bulbs for a beautiful English garden

Gardening with bulbs doesn’t have to be hard work. There are certainly bulb varieties that should be planted from fresh bulbs every year, but there are also garden beauties that will pop up by themselves every year ready for some flowering action. These bulbs are called “naturalising bulbs”, and you may be surprised to find out just how many species and varieties you can use in this way. Botanical Tulip Lady Jane™ + Muscari Armeniacum Botanical Tulips For the sake of simplicity, let’s look at tulips under two broad categories. You get hybrid tulips that have been bred for outstandingly showy blooms and botanical tulips that are really the ancestors of the hybrid tulips. Some tulip hybrids will perform well...

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Best bulbs suitable for Indoor Forcing

Do you crave colourful flowers during the winter? Perhaps you live in a flat and are a keen indoor gardener. Whatever your reasons for wanting to grow bulbs indoors, you may be surprised to find just how easy it is to grow beautiful blooms in indoor containers. Narcissus tazetta Paperwhite Paperwhite Narcissi – a classic choice Professional nurserymen know just how sought-after paperwhites in bloom are. Instead of paying more for potted Paperwhites, try growing your own – it’s really easy. They don’t need any chilling before planting. It’s just a matter of packing them nice and close together in pots with soil or even pebbles to hold them in place. Give them good light to prevent stretching, and you...

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