A huge thank you to all our customers this autumn. The last of our sale orders should be winging they way on to their new homes today. Leaving us with the next task of potting up leftovers for sale in the spring and sweeping out the bulb shed!

It has been a tough year – the wet, cold spring followed by no rain played havoc with the production of this year’s autumn-planted bulbs, and the summer drought caused havoc in the garden. We found it hard to obtain decent spring bulbs at reasonable prices, although we were happy with our new supplier.

In the garden we’ve had to re-seed our lawns as the grass actually died in patches. We’ve lost a couple of large shrubs, one to the Beast from the East and one to the summer drought.

But we did have a lovely autumn with some fantastic colours in the garden. Now the clean up begins, lots of trees and shrubs to trim back and borders to mulch. We’ve probably planted nearly 1000 new spring bulbs this year and can’t wait to see what they look like in 2019!

We wish you all a quiet (weather-wise!) winter and a happy Christmas. See you next year!

Image: Colchicum ‘Waterlily’

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It’s autumn! That means the arrival of a new bunch of spring-flowering bulbs. We have some old favourites and some new ones again this year.

Our new supplier from the Netherlands, who also supplies other well-known UK bulb companies and RHS gardens, will be sending us an interesting selection of bulbs this week.

We have some bulbs in stock already but are expecting at least another two deliveries yet to come. More bulbs will be added to the website as they arrive.

We also have a new website. Yes it does look very similar to the previous one! But behind the scenes the software is updated to give a sleeker, faster user experience. We’re really sorry but we were unable to carry over accounts from the previous website.

We also have an updated Privacy Policy in line with new laws.

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Phew! After a very busy spring Poppy Cottage Garden has opened again and sales of summer bulbs have finished. Any bulbs we have left will be potted up and sold from the Garden.

Our spring preparations were rather hampered by an unexpected 5″ of snow – twice! Not something that happens very often on the south coast of Cornwall. That followed a very wet winter, which continued after the snow, until this week. Today we had temperatures of 23 degrees outside the tearoom! As usual spring has gone from zero miles an hour to plants growing before our very eyes (we’re certain the polygonatum has grown at least an inch a day this week).

We will be stocking spring bulbs again from late August. Until then we have many plants and potted bulbs available to buy at Poppy Cottage Garden.

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We are delighted to be able to offer a select few snowdrops from our collection.

Currently we have some ‘Mrs Macnamara‘ on offer, an early-flowering, robust snowdrop that usually flowers two weeks before Christmas for us.

Very shortly we will also be offering ‘Magnet’ and hopefully we may have others such as Galanthus woronowii and the yellow ‘Spindlestone Surprise’. Check back here throughout January for any further additions, follow us on Facebook where you will get the news straight away, or sign up to our email newsletter.

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Work doesn’t stop here at Poppy Cottage Garden, home of The Flower Bulb Company. We are planning some new tulip displays for next spring and now that we have had our first frost they can be planted. Although we were surprised – we didn’t think we’d get much frost here!

We don’t go much in the way for an autumn tidy-up, preferring to leave it over the winter as food for birds, cover for wildlife and protection for some of the more tender plants (nothing gets lifted here). However we have a lot of trees to prune and bulbs to plant, as well as plants to pot up.

We are currently converting the large duck pond to a wildlife pond. Eventually we will replant the area surrounding the pond to be more wildlife-friendly too and introduce a couple more orchard trees. We’re afraid the ducks have gone, but to a good home close by. We still have the friendly little call ducks, the mandarin and a variety of unusual chickens.

We are introducing more of our bulbs to the beds and borders, carefully selecting those that will go with the current planting. Such as Ornithogalum nutans, camassias, lilies, Juno irises, Anemone blanda and some rather different alliums.

We had a very successful day at the Cornish Winter Fair on the 18th November. Our miniature daffodils were very popular, we didn’t have any to take home! Our potted Paperwhites were also popular. We met some lovely people and promoted Popy Cottage Garden to keen visitors.

So do now browse our range of spring bulbs, although some stocks are getting rather low. We’ve put some items on sale, they’ll need to be planted soon. What better excuse to get out in to the garden on a sparkling clear, chilly day!

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Flower bulbs make great gifts and we can send them to a gift address if you prefer. When you order just add the different delivery address along with your billing address.

We don’t print the prices on the packing slips so your recipient will not know. If you’d like to add a message, you can include it at checkout in ‘order notes’.

BUT be wary of sending flower bulbs in advance – for example spring flowering bulbs will not keep in time for Christmas. We are often asked at autumn fairs if customers can keep a bag of bulbs and give them at Christmas, but we’re afraid the answer is ‘no’ as spring-flowering bulbs need to be planted by November.

Occasionally you can get away with planting them later, we certainly plant our leftovers pretty late, but you may not get the best from your bulbs. We find some bulbs especially do not keep so well, such as camassias. These have a higher moisture content and can suffer either from mould or from drying out if not planted as soon as possible.

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