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In general, summer bulbs do best in a warm sunny spot

In general, summer bulbs do best in a warm sunny spot

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Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’

Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’

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In general, summer bulbs do best in a warm sunny spot

Spring is the air and the ground is warming up. It’s time to get planting and pack our plots with summer colour.

There’s no excuse — you can pick up a good selection of summer bulbs along with your grocery shopping. The contents of the packets don’t always look very promising — just a collection of dry bulbs — but the packaging usually displays glossy photographs of temptingly beautiful blossoms. So how do you transform the inside into what is promised on the outside?


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