After what seems like a long winter here in the UK, it’s so lovely to see spring bulbs finally emerging in our gardens, adding a very welcome pop of colour. Only yesterday, I saw splashes of yellow on roadside verges, with crocuses and daffodils in bloom. And whether they’re in borders or in pots, these annual wonders of nature are a sign that longer days and warmer weather are on their way.
If you’re not getting out in your garden very much at the moment, how about buying some pots of bulbs and putting them near your front door? The other weekend, I visited my local garden centre and bought three pots of Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’. I put them in terracotta pots and they’re now brightening up the window ledge outside our front door. It’s so lovely to watch their progress, as the flowers slowly emerge from their tight buds.
But spring bulbs don’t have to stay outside. Why not bring a touch of nature into your home with muscari, fritillaries, crocuses, miniature tulips or snowdrops? If you like scent, choose hyacinths (which you can grow in special vases) or narcissi. Put your bulbs in pots, cookware, vintage cups, baskets, glassware or even egg cups! Perhaps get your children involved too?
Or you may simply prefer a bunch of daffodils, arranged in a vase on your kitchen table. Whether you decide on cut flowers or bulbs, I hope they’ll lift your spirits just as much as they do mine when I see my narcissi as I arrive back home each day…