Now that the weather has warmed a little and the bulbs in the containers are starting to flower it is interesting to see how the colour combinations have worked out. Sometimes surprises are due to bulbs not being true to name but sometimes it was desperation or lack of imagination or even lack of taste at planting times. In particular there are some hanging baskets and when I saw the hyacinths flowering I stood at them and couldn’t help wondering what on earth I was thinking when I planted them!
UPDATE – (1/4/2014) I suddenly realised why I did this – the hyacinths are ‘Apricot Passion’ – allegedly!
I put a bronze heucheralla in the centre of the basket and yellow, white and orange pansies around the edge but the ‘Apricot Passion’ pink hyacinths are too pink for my tastes. The ‘Chopin’ tulips seem the perfect colour but the hyacinths really bothered me. Until yesterday. It was not a great day and the sun was not making much of an effort to warm the air or me and I walked past the baskets and thought – ‘actually’ you don’t look too bad!’ I think I need to be more tolerant of colour combinations! I still won’t ever like pink and yellow (I hope) but this is close but somehow ok, I think because the colours are pastel. It may not be an excuse but I will still enjoy these while they last.
The other baskets are much simpler. Purple heuchera, with rich blue pansies, white daffs (not yet out) and some blue muscari – just starting to bloom.
Some pots were planted rather rapidly at the end of last year and the red pansies seemed the right background for a combination of ‘Heart’s Delight’ tulips and ‘Purple Sensation’ hyacinths.
Other pots were planted with a ‘winter-friendly’ combination of Heucherella ‘Brass Lantern’ (one of my favourites) brightly variegated cordyline, nandina and lingonberry and underplanted with tulip ‘Winnipeg’. The tulips looks better in sun when the red stripes inside can be seen better.
Other pots have a simpler combination of winter=flowering heathers and ‘Fondant’ hyacinths. In fact there are some forget-me-nots in there too but they are only just starting to make much growth and will take over from the hyacinths.