When Richard Yates visited Ticknall Garden Club on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 he spoke to the members and visitors about bulbs that flower through the year. He began with the Winter into Spring bulbs that we all know and love, beginning with Crocus, Iris Reticulata and Aconites which begin to colour the gardens at this time of year beside the snowdrops in green and white. There are many varieties of the latter but Richard favoured the basic single snowdrop with its beautiful simplicity.
He moved on to Leucojum, Cyclamen Coum and the little Narcissi, naming Hawera, Jet Fire and Tete a Tete as being some of his favourites and preferable for him to the tall ones which are liable to be blown over.
Apparently wild daffodils are available now as some have been cultivated for sale. They look well in grass. He went on to talk about late Spring and Summer bulbs, mentioning and showing lovely slides of Crown Imperials and the smaller Fritillaries as well as Camassias, Begonias and Lilies.
At the end of the evening there were Spring bulbs in flower to buy - among them the lovely Iris Reticulata - Mrs.Catherine Hodgkins.
The next meeting of the Ticknall Garden Club will be on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when Steve Hickman will discuss Agapanthus and Tulbagia and their cultivation and propagation.