Friday, 7 February 2014

Lagging Behind

The bulbs which I planted in containers in autumn are getting ready to flower. This is crocus Advance. It's lilac on the outside and yellow on the inside so it should make for a pretty display. We just need a bit of sunshine to bring it on, but that seems to have disappeared after the bright start to the week, it's back to dull days and lots of rain again.


As you can see, just about all the crocuses are at the same stage.


That is except this one which is lagging a long way behind. I wonder why it hasn't grown at the same rate as the rest of them.


This is iris reticulata Gordon. These are such cute little flowers so I'm looking forward to them blooming. I haven't grown Gordon before, I think he's a darker colour than the popular Katharine Hodgkin, I shall soon see.


The narcissus Tete a Tete don't look as though they're ready to flower quite yet.


I'm a little worried about my daffodils Professor Einstein which have only just started to poke one or two noses above the soil. I've got daffodils in the garden which are growing at quite a pace so I'm wondering if the container grown daffodils are going to grow at all. Time will tell.

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  1. They're all doing really well. Not too long now until there are spring flowers.

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    1. They'll be lovely once they're in flower. I planted all last year's container grown bulbs in the garden and they're growing well too, so there should be plenty of colour around very soon.

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  2. My container grown daffy are only just starting to poke through too, I was actually worrying that they'd been dug up or eaten. I can't remember which variety they are, but I know there are 2 different ones in the pots are both are very slow!

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    1. It's not just mine that are slow then, I feel better knowing that. I've gone for a bi colour daffodil this year for a change. I must admit to loving the simple yellow ones, but I buy new ones each year and they don't look any different so I thought Professor Einstein would make a change.

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  3. All of your bulbs look as though they are doing well Jo, I am sure that the slower ones will catch up and even if they are slower, it will just make the display last longer! xx

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    1. That's true, though there's only one slow coach in the pot of crocuses so it's going to be a little lonely blooming on its own.

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  4. lovely post and thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you. You're welcome.

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  5. It makes me so happy to see all the bulbs starting to come through - a sign that spring is coming :D I hope your daffodils get their act together for you.

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    1. I feel exactly the same. The evenings are staying light for longer too, that really makes me happy.

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  6. I love when the crocuses start flowering as it really is a sign that winter is coming to an end. My bulbs are not at the same stage as yours which is unusual as we normally have a head start down south xxx

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    1. I think the weather has been better here than down south this year, certainly in terms of the flooding. I don't think that winter can be coming to an end quite yet, it's been so strange this year, only the odd frost, no snow and very mild. It makes me wonder what summer has in store for us.

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  7. It's great to see the crocuses or should it be crocii finally croaking Jo. I have a handful that are open but they are ones that are well established. I' m waiting for the newly planted ones to open along with the irises. It's a bit like waiting for the kettle to boil so I will have to stop myself looking as often as I do.

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    1. I never know which plural version I should use so I stick with crocuses. I haven't seen any in flower yet, though I don't think mine will be long, we just need a bit of sunshine. I find I glance across every time I open the door, I don't think anything will change from one hour to the next but you never know.

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  8. What a lovely post...it really brightens my day to see things starting to come to life...even in the gloomy weather we are currently having!!

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    1. I think the spring bulbs herald the start of a brand new gardening year. Something to look forward to through the winter months.

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  9. There's always one laggard! They're all doing well and will look really good when they flower. I wouldn't be too worried about the slow growing daffodils just yet.
    Flighty xx

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    1. I have them on the garden table so they're right where I can see them when they flower. I think you see so much more of their beauty when they're lifted off the ground. I won't worry about the daffodils yet, they have started to poke through so I hope they put on a growth spurt now.

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  10. Looking forward to seeing 'Advance' in bloom, that sounds lovely.

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    1. I think they sound quite unusual, I'm really looking forward to them blooming.

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  11. My crocus are flowering in the garden & the daffs are pushing their way through. I haven't any in pots but often think to plant some round the potted fruit trees for a bit of spring colour.

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    1. I haven't seen any flowering crocuses yet, and only a few snowdrops. Spring bulbs planted round the potted fruit trees would look lovely, I might pinch your idea and do that myself.

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  12. Maybe the late developer was planted a little deeper?

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    1. I wondered that myself, but it's a very shallow container so I doubt it would make that much of a difference. Just a slow developer I think.

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  13. My bulbs came up very early, but then stopped. I don't have any flowering, apart from a few Iris Reticulata. They probably hate the rain as much as we do.

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    1. It was the same with these, they poked their noses above the soil a long time ago, it's taken quite some time for them to get to this stage. I think my crocuses will be the first to flower, I'm looking forward to seeing them in bloom.

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  14. Don't worry about the daffs being a bit later, where I'm from we always say they come out in time for St Davids Day on March 1st!

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    1. I think they'll have to put on a growth spurt to be flowering in time for St David's Day, but they may surprise me.

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  15. Look so interesting! I can't imagine how beautiful they are when allvthe sprout grow ond bearimg their flowers. So wonderful! I can't wait to see the blossom! Cause, we can not grow here

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    1. It's a shame you can't grow them where you live, there such lovely flowers. All the more wonderful because they bloom right at the start of the gardening year.

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  16. They do sound lovely, I'm a huge fan of crocus. Shoots are emerging so much earlier than last year aren't they? I have lots out but only daffs ready to bud. I'm sure your daffs will come through soon.xxx

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    1. I hope the daffodils will flower eventually. I think most things started shooting early this year, but my bulbs then held back for a while. My snowdrops are out now though, I'm looking forward to the crocuses blooming soon.

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  17. My indoor mini tulips are over now and this year we have tulips in the large outdoor pots as well as in the ground. The rest of the bulbs are also in the ground and doing well. Hopefully some will be flowering next month. You're going to have a lovely show with your containers full of pretty crocuses, mini daffs and the irises.

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    1. I never got round to buying any tulips this year. I've got some in the garden but I do like to have a few containers of spring flowering bulbs too.

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