This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Crocus & emerging bulbs

The first of the crocus are beginning to appear. A nice little surprise! First the snowdrops, then crocus, then daffodils will bring cheery splashes of colour to otherwise colourless borders.
Above: About 8 years ago I bought a few bags of bulbs and planted them into this bank. Not sure if the bulbs were eaten by some animal but only a few little flowers ever appear each year. It's difficult to see, but behind this little bank is a 3 feet drop and a dirt lane. This is so cattle can be moved out of the field and into a truck to go to market. The bank keeps the cattle from wondering up into the grass/garden area.
Above: Tulips planted in a large clay pot are emerging.
Above: Daffodils beginning to emerge from sleep.
Jammie takes a break from our bulb spotting.


  1. The bulbs are starting to wake up from their winter sleep, a sure sign that spring is on the way.

  2. I always love the first signs of spring.

  3. How exciting! I do love the first signs of spring!

  4. Hi Kelly,

    What are your crocuses already grown. Here with us (Northern Netherlands) are the only small blades near the ground.
    Your picture with Jammie is pretty sweet.

  5. The grass bank to stop cattle wandering into your garden is a nice idea - better than an unsightly fence. Reminds me of the moat-like feature called the "Ha-Ha" that you sometimes see in the grounds of stately homes.

  6. I have one solitary crocus so far but I was surprised and delighted to see it.Daffs are up but no sign of a flower so far.Hopefully we are moving in the direction of milder weather?!

  7. The spring here is behind yours. I am looking at ice on the ground, not emerging bulbs. Thanks for the reminder that spring will eventually come (and hopefully soon!).

  8. How nice to see evidence of Spring there! Your cat looks rather pleased about it, too!

  9. Hi Mark, I like the idea of having a 'Ha Ha'!

    Hi Holley G, hard to believe Texas is still under ice. I always think of Texas being warm.

    Hi Peggy, wonder which of us will have the first daffodil flower? Mine are far from flowering.

    Hi Elly, i'm not too sure what the type of crocus are in the photo. However I looked at the pack I bought recently and they are Specie Crocus Mixed - imported into the UK from Lisse, Netherlands.