We had some gorgeous sunny weather last weekend. It brought out the bumble bees who could be heard happily buzzing, face down in the crocus. 1. Pale Lavender crocus A pretty clump of these grow in the Rose Garden. A survivor from a previous garden scheme, these were next to a gravel path which had been grassed over before our time. I'm going to split them up to encourage their spread, but would ideally like some more. They are larger than some of the species crocus, but not as large as some of the Dutch ones. Any suggestions as to what they might be? This week I listened to a talk given by Fergus Garret of Great Dixter garden on 'Layered Planting through the Season', which has inspired me to add more early bulbs among the shrubs and later perennials. If you are interested, this talk and others are available to watch on demand here . 2. Primula and Crocus A few white crocus escaped the notice of a squirrel raiding party, and survived to pop up among these primula.