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    You are probably longing for Spring right about now, aren’t you? Craving a bit of colour and cheer in the garden as you wait for the first green shoots? Well, did you know there are some fantastic flowers you can enjoy in your garden in winter? There are, and they are easy peasy to grow! Here are my top five:

    winter-irisWinter Irises

    These little jewels generally bloom in January, and are mainly in shades of purple & blue. Iris reticulata is their Latin name, and they look stunning planted in groups. I’ve several in bloom in my garden at the minute, and they come back year after year as long as your soil isn’t soggy. You can also have them indoors in a pot to enjoy the scent up close, (put in a coolish spot in order for the flowers to last longer) and then you can plant outside when they are done flowering. There is a cheery yellow winter iris, too – iris danfordiae- which also has a fab scent,but is not quite as likely to return next year. Still, they are not expensive as plants in pots or as dried bulbs & are worth the enjoyment!

     

     

    winter-aconiteWinter Aconite

    These sunny little ‘Winter Buttercups’ (Eranthis hyemalis) are wildlife friendly, tough as boots in the snow, and will often multiply and make a splash of sunshine! Planted underneath a deciduous tree – where other plants will often not grow they are a real lift! Winter Aconites are much better bought as growing plants in pots versus dried bulbs in bags. The foliage dies back around April/May, and it feeds the bulb so it will flower again next year,so don’t chop it while it is still green this goes for all bulbs, too.

     

     

     

    snowdropsSnowdrops

    Another winter beauty best bought in a pot, Snowdrops(Galanthus nivalis) also multiply over the years- but do plant them in groups to start; a single plant or two on their tod look a bit lonely. As they clump up more fully you can gently split and move them when they are finished for the season. You can go mad and pay big money for special varieties (like on the top picture above), or buy the more common kinds for much less.

     

     

     

    daffodilsJanuary Gold & February Gold Daffodils

    These very early daffs do what they say on the tin! In fact, it was so mild here in Ireland this December that January Golds have been in full flower since mid December and they are still looking great one month on! These bulbs have never let me down and always give a wonderful, long, show. Most likely you will find them for sale as inexpensive dry bulbs in bags, and that is perfectly fine for them. Enjoy! But don’t tiethe foliage in knots after, or cut down until after it yellows like with all bulbs, it feeds next years flowers.

     

     

    mixed-crocusCrocus

    Your teacher probably had you plant a few crocus in a cup in school when you were a child – they are that easy to grow, but no less valuable Winter cheer for it! There are lots of different colours and colour combos to choose from in the different varieties, but one of my all time favourites is plain old crocus tommasinianus, pictured below.

    It is so graceful and spreads around nicely. They all are very good for any early honey bees that venture out on mild Winter days, and the happy-go-lucky crocus deserve a place in every garden. They also are fine purchased dry, or as growing plants in pots.

    I hope you are inspired to grow a few of these gorgeous, easy Winter flowers yourself!