Above: bergenia, chionodoxa and tulipa tarda in the back shade garden. Do you have bergenia in your garden? If not, why not? The flowers are so showy and bloom for ages, and the leaves add great texture the rest of the season. It makes a great, hardy groundcover in shade or part shade. I never have to weed this patch as it is so thick and healthy.
Above: an early, red tulip of a forgotten variety. The patch in the back shade garden has been blooming for a week but with all the rain I never got a chance to take a picture until today - the last one still blooming!