Avon Bulbs Master Growers

RHS Master Grower

May 2018

We were excited to have been invited by the Royal Horticultural Society to builld a Master Grower's exhibit at the Malvern Spring Festival 2018. In building this display, we only use plants that we have grown ourselves from the same bulbs that we supply to the general public through our catalogues and website. The display boards and screen (with photographs and video by Neil Hepworth) provide additional insight into the nursery with some "back of house" views.

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What happens to your order?

November 2017

One and a half minutes covering what happens in the office and in the packing shed to get your order out. Shot in 2016 and starring the full packing team.

Everything is somewhat sped up, so please do not expect next day delivery from ordering (though we do ship as quickly as possible! Hopefully it will raise a smile!

Put together by Chris' children as a birthday present!


Crocus Sativus Special Offer 

12 October 2017

The remaining bulbs of Crocus sativus are now Half Price whilst stocks last

This is the autumn flowering crocus from which comes the spice Saffron, the flowers each contain 3 long, red, thread like stigma and it is these that are harvested. The trigger to the bulbs flowering is a warm spell followed by a sharp decrease in temperature in the autumn, so a couple of clear nights is what it takes. The leaves emerge in the winter and are present through the spring followed by a period of dormancy in the summer. They are best in free draining soil in the open (so that there is no 'blanket' of vegetation protecting them from that dip in soil temperature. 

Packing Progress 

28 September 2017

The Packing of Orders is going well; all the Dormant Snowdrops have been gone some time, the Late Summer orders have all left and orders that have come in for Autumn planted bulbs are currently being tackled. The sequence in which we deal with them is determined by the stock we have and the order date, the earliest orders are tackled first.In some years we are blessed by an Indian summer with little rain and no early frosts. Gardens are sometimes still not ready, come October, for that necessary clearance that comes ahead of planting the spring flowering bulbs, but it does not at present feel as though we are in for one of those. 

What to do with your Spring Flowering bulbs during the Summer?

23 July 2017

Are you uncertain over what to do with your pots of spring bulbs that are now finished and the foliage has dried up?

One way to really help get the most out of those bulbs is to move those pots or tubs into a bit of shade and turn the container onto its side (get help if it is really heavy). On its side the soil will slowly dry out and should be unable to be further wetted by more rain and the bulbs within it will get a drier summer rest. Remaining in wet soil in a pot that is sun warmed by day is a recipe for a rotten disaster for resting bulbs.

Then in mid September you can shake the contents out onto a dust sheet and recover the bulbs, planting the best of them again for another year.

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Triteleias at the Gardeners' World Show 

22 June 2017

We showed a 'new' Triteleia at the Gardeners' World event and Carol Klein talked about it on the TV (without revealing where one can obtain it!). So, as they are plants that flower in June it is an ideal moment to suggest Triteleia Foxy, bulbs of which can be delivered in the autumn. The Foxy got omitted from the catalogue but the bulbs are available online, they are illustrated alongside.

The flowers are mainly white with a broad purple blue stripe down the middle of each petal. Triteleia Rudy (which we have listed for a while) by comparison is nearly all purple blue with only the edges of the petals showing the white base colour. They are both easy bulbs to grow in sunny conditions where the soil is relatively free draining and their papery flowers last surprisingly well, even when it is hot. 

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What's in a Name?  

September 2016

Names are not only tags, in Horticulture as in other areas of study they provide a context, a history and a description, sometimes all at the same time. Sometimes these can be useful, others may have been once, but now seem weird. Have you ever stopped by a Muscari (the Grape Hyacinth family) and sniffed, after all the name alludes to the scented musc like properties of some of them, or wondered why Narcissus are so called? (It is after the Greek narkau, to grow stiff because of their narcotic properties). Or Chionodoxa, from chion (snow) doxa(glory). Some names are difficult on the tongue (and possibly the ear), Hermodactylus (Mercury's finger, alluding to the shape of the bulb) or unguicularis (narrowly claw shaped - which is probably even less helpful). To the interested it is a whole different field of investigation and possible study. 

Illustrated Muscari ambrosiacum

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Alliums for All 

August 2016

As long as you do not garden on cold unforgiving and poorly drained clay soils and the light is good, there has to be an Allium to suit? Some last in flower for many weeks (Globemaster) but look on them as fillers with attitude in that pre-summer break when the garden has yet to get going. In our heavy loam we have A. cristophii (illustrated) seeding around in amongst the Camassia which is a lovely pairing, and whilst most flower in May and June there are inexpensive dead certs such as A. sphaerocephalon which just do it with lovely egg sized heads swaying in tall stems in July without any fuss and pretty much unnoticed till then