Spring flowering bulbs now in stock
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Fingers crossed for a warm and sunny autumn as per the last few years, though September has been pants so far. I think this year's weather has been great over all, but others don't seem to think the same: I've heard lots of grumbles about the rain, but I can't help but remember weeks and weeks of blue skies, and having to water almost continuously to keep the plants happy. Do I wear rose-tinted spectacles? As a Mancunian, perhaps my expectations are low, but I think we should all be thankful that we aren't affected by tornadoes, and hurricanes... yet.

Another short newsletter, just can't find the time these days. Need to wean myself off Twitter and Instagram.

Best wishes,


The pottery sale IS ON SUNDAY
We hope you can come.
*Puts on rose-tinted spectacles* The sun will be cracking the flagstones!

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Time to get your mitts on some little nuggets of beauty and surprise. How can something so small and seemingly insignificant be transformed into a thing of beauty in just a handful of months? As an added bonus, most bulbs are dead easy to grow and handle, and generally offer great value. In the last newsletter I asked you to worship the fern, but I think we need a bulb altar too. Please note, the cheap bulbs in bargain shops do not offer value for money and are certainly not 'a bargain': the bulbs are small (all bulbs are sized by growers) and will produce small plants, with less flower power, for want of a better phrase. I won't go into my other opinions about what cheap means, or I'd be here all day, arguing with myself. Come to Bud and mention B&M Bargains and watch me go.

Botanically speaking, what you might think of as a flower bulb may not be a bulb at all, but one of the following:
True bulb e.g. tulip, daffodil, allium, hyacinth
Corm e.g. crocus and crocosmia
Tuber e.g. cyclamen
Tuberous root e.g. dahlia, hemerocallis
Rhizome e.g. iris and canna 

A true bulb is an underground modified stem, not a root, produced to allow perennation and food storage, and is comprised of five parts:
Basel plate - a compressed stem at the bottom of the bulb from which the roots grow
Fleshy scales - the primary storage tissue
Tunic - the skin-like covering that protects the fleshy scales
Shoot - consisting of the developing flower and leaf buds
Lateral buds - they develop into bulblets or offsets

Look out for our organic seed garlic, and overwintering onion sets (both true bulbs), which should be on sale in a couple of weeks: both are very easy to grow and should satisfy the urge to grow something edible so late in the year.

Alliums, one of our top selling bulbs, planted by Incredible Edible on the railway station embankment in Levenshulme.
Erythronium 'Pagoda'
We have lots of Asters, now called Symphiotrichon, which all bloom well into October...


The Aster, common name Michaelmas Daisy, now reclassified as Symphyotrichum, but not in all cases, is one of the star performers of the late summer and autumn garden. We currently have several species and cultivars in stock, offering different heights, colours, soil and and aspect preferences. Most look good in pots, and they work well planted amongst grasses and rudbeckias.

Below: S. 'Little Carlow', S. lateriflorum var. horizontalis, A. amellus 'Brilliant', S. ericoides 'Pink Cloud'

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