So, me and my besties HelenandCarolineandJane went to Oxford for the day. Most of the time we walked around admiring the scenery and keeping our energy levels up by eating cake, none of which is at all interesting to you lovely Gardening People. But I think that you ought to know that we went to the Covered Market and found an impressive display of bulbs for sale at The Garden. I was wringing my hands, quite unable to decide which colour of double anemones to buy and whether to try Ranunculus for the first time when Helen spotted a man who was carefully filling paper bags and writing the details on the bags. This charming man was persuaded to give a masterclass in selecting bulbs for a continuous display from January to June with dynamic colour combinations and interesting contrasts in height and form. It was all very inspirational and Helen decided to go large on a pink theme while Caroline bought a selection of purple tulips. I was rather crushed to hear our mentor say a categoric No to orange Tulips because I have toyed with the idea of a bold statement in orange. I think I need to review this because he obviously knew what he was talking about.