Laura’s light bulb moment

It’s me first this week as I’m rather fed up with being last. Specifically I’m fed up of hearing how prematurely E & L’s snowdrops; crocuses; tulips etc have bloomed in Sussex compared to mine which are still largely hunkered down in the Scottish tundra. But annoyingly, even my neighbours’ look more advanced.  I’ve decided to act.  My earliest blooms i.e. some frightened Iris reticulata which, unlike the lush photo above, force themselves through the lawn with the fragile stamina of Russian gymnasts  – will next year be overshadowed by some horticultural Usain Bolts. If you’re North of Manchester...

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