Bulbs in pots and broad beans
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