I have been weak....giving in to my obsession for buying plants. Thankfully Neil doesn't mind and I guess it's a whole lot cheaper than designer handbags, clothes and jewellery, isn't? In fact, Neil actually encourages me!!! He says if it makes you happy then it's beyond price.
We usually stock up on a few bulbs for our spring display in the autumn and this year has been no different. As soon as they began to appear in the stores I'd pop a couple into our basket on each visit and it's amazing how they soon mount up! I knew we wouldn't have the allotment cleared and beds marked out in time to plant them so they're going into the pots in our courtyard and once they've finished flowering I shall transfer them up to the allotment where they can be planted into their permanent spots to bulk up and flower for many more years to come.
I don't normally go for double varieties as they're not as good for the pollinators as single flowered types but now and then I will treat myself to something that looks exotic. Last year I got some miniature daffodils called Rip van Winkle and had them in a pot on the allotment but sadly I didn't get to enjoy them properly (apart from a single flower!) as something nibbled the vast majority to tattered stalks! This year I have treated myself to three packs of 10!
One each of these daffodil varieties
I'll be planting these all in pots in the courtyard over the next few days as I'm currently moving more tender plants up to the greenhouse.