Exquisite Small Spring Flowers in Detail
How I welcome my first glimpse of the Crocus, they are a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.
Their rich vibrant colours of yellow, blue or mauve are so eye catching as are the pure brilliant white variety.
Crocus are loved for representing the coming of spring and their wonderful colours that brighten up our drab looking empty flower borders.
They are a small flower (they grow to 3-4 inches tall) and unless we actually get down on our knees we can’t appreciate what an incredibly beautiful and exquisite flower this actually is!
I seem to be spending more and more time at ground level these days, I was on my hands and knees the other day, as Nick walked past he asked ‘what are you doing’ then he spotted the camera in my hands and smiled….
Is there such a thing as ‘photographers knees?’ that’s what I have started calling mine, they seem to be constantly dirty and bruised!
I looked down and admired this crocus in my flower border for it’s beautiful colour and it was only when I got down to it’s level with my camera that I saw the real beauty in it.
Planting pots and containers
I normally plant my bulbs in flower borders, but to really appreciate their beauty, It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to plant small flowers at a higher level.
Window boxes are a good idea, as are containers and pots, but I was delighted with my ‘find’ recently in my local garden centre.
It’s a terracotta pot designed to hang on a wall, fence or trellis. It actually has a flat side to the back part of the pot, with a hole already drilled to enable you to screw it to your chosen backing.
It’s ideal for small flowers to be seen at eye level, you can enjoy the detail of your flower without getting bruised and dirty knees!
It’s also ideal for strawberry plants, pansies or trailing bedding plants.
The Hyacinth is another early spring flowering bulb, it is highly fragrant and comes in a variety of colours.
The Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)
The Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) is a much smaller variety and doesn’t have the same strong fragrance. It’s beauty is in it’s deep blue clusters of flowers that resemble grapes.
Hyacinths add wonderful colour to a flower border and look great in containers and pots with other spring flowers.
The Primrose and Polyanthus
The colourful Primrose and Polyanthus are a delight in a flower border or container. To really appreciate their detail and colours I like to plant them in baskets on my window-sill.
There is a difference between the two plants, the Primrose only has one flower on a stem and the Polyanthus has several.
The Libanotica - Striped Squill
My recommendation for spring bulb planting is the Puschkinia scilloides, a variety called Libanotica also known as the Striped Squill.
These exquisite small flowers grow on a stem of up to 6 inches high. To fully appreciate just how beautiful they are try planting them in a window box, or wall/trellis pot at eye level is ideal.
Chinodoxa luciliae - Glory of the Snow
Chionodoxa luciliae (Glory of the Snow) are small star shaped blue flowers, so called because they like the cold and often appear while there is still snow on the ground. They grow to just 4-6 inches high.
I planted these bulbs back in the autumn (as I do all my bulbs to flower in early spring) I had never grown them before and was thrilled when they started to flower.
As they are so small, I will certainly replant them into my wall/trellis pots to really appreciate them for next year.