A pretty flower in my garden at the moment is the stunning snowflake or leucojum. They were here when we moved in, back in 2004.

While designing the plot, I had to dig them up and planted them in a large container, where they have stayed ever since. Snowflakes enjoy similar woodland conditions to snowdrops but flower later.

Mine are in full bloom now. The beautiful, pure white, hanging bell-shaped flowers with a green spot on each petal look delightful and add great interest at this time of the year. They prefer moist soil and are ideal next to ponds, but happy in borders or pots too. They did take a real beating from Storm Eunice last week.

Tomorrow, Sunday, is my second appearance this year on BBC Sussex’s Dig It with Joe Talbot. I’ll be talking about the gardens that open across North East Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex for the National Garden Scheme during March. Why not join me at about 1.40pm to hear what’s on offer.

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The National Garden Scheme also has a number of gardens opening next month by arrangement only. If you are still not keen on mixing in large groups, it is the perfect way to enjoy a garden with family and friends. If you are interested, then check out these gardens by looking them up on the website, www.ngs.org.uk – Mill Hill Farm and 47 Denmans Lane, both in Haywards Heath, The Garden House in Brighton and Orchard Cottage, Crowborough.

March is the month you can contemplate planting some summer flowering bulbs, such as lilies and gladioli, both of which can provide dramatic, tall blooms that are beautifully scented. I have quite a large collection of lilies, all in containers which I sit on top of a border. When they have gone over in June, I simply lift the container out and replace with something else for the rest of the summer. Bulbs always make a fine display, planted in containers or borders, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips at this time of year. My first daffodils popped up during earlier this month, fortunately beneath some shrubs, which gave them a degree of protection from the strong winds.

Now is the time to protect new shoots and growth from ever-present slugs. They are a persistent and widespread pest which can cause havoc, eating holes in leaves, stems, flowers, tubers and bulbs. They can cause damage throughout the year on a wide range of plants, but seedlings and new growth on herbaceous plants in spring are most at risk, so take care.

Read more of Geoff’s garden at www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk