Monty’s month

Bulbs in pots and broad beans

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I have al­ways found Fe­bru­ary to be a good month, one filled with op­ti­mism. Yes, the weather can cut up rough, but th­ese are the fi­nal tantrums of win­ter, and snow, ice and bit­ing winds can­not stop that in­evitable march of spring that creeps in to­wards the end of the month. How­ever, I do cheat a lit­tle by plant­ing lots of bulbs in pots in au­tumn, and keep­ing them in cold frames so that they flower rather ear­lier than their kith and kin in the bor­ders. First up are the irises, such as retic­u­lata, dan­for­diae and histri­oides, which I love. Hard on their heels are mus­cari, scil­las and daf­fodils – in par­tic­u­lar, the lit­tle ‘Tête-à-tête’, which looks so pretty in small ter­ra­cotta pots. The great thing about hav­ing planted up lots of pots is that you can po­si­tion them where you will en­joy them most and then, as the flow­ers pass, put them aside and bring oth­ers in – so while the cast can change, the per­for­mance re­mains con­stant and vi­brant.

Choose com­pact va­ri­eties, such as ‘Tête-à-tête’, to grow in small pots

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