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I've read that nasturtiums are frost hardy, but I've also read that they aren't. One year I sowed them in March with the broad beans, straight into the ground. They came up beautifully then there was a late frost and they all died. If they aren't hardy then you can't plant them out until well into May so you will need somewhere like a greenhouse or a conservatory to keep them. I now don't sow them until April.
I've always bought heleniums one at a time. On a budget and so many plants I want! My tall yellow ones are now in sizable clumps in 3 places, but they aren't at all invasive. I have Sahin's Early that I bought last year, but I won't divide it just yet and Moorheim's Beauty which I probably could divide now, and another orangey one I've forgotten the name of.
I like robins, wrens and bluetits.
Do they have to be bulbs? Tubers like Dahlias, which I think is the most colourful don't always come up reliably, can be tender, same with cannas. Lilies can be invaded with lily beetle. Why not something easy like perennial geraniums? There is a vast selection of sizes and colours and in the spring you just rake away the dead winter leaves. There are lots of pics on this site.
Have pruned 2 climbing roses, 3 shrub ones and one HT. Cut back a Lagerstromia, 3 Perovskias, 2 Abelias, a small spirea and 2 Caryopteris. Cut down 2 asters, 1 penstemon Husker Red, and 2 heleniums. Trimmed a Cyprus tree.
It's Brahms' birthday too on 7th May.
Depends how often you water them! In SW France it can get very dry in summer and, especially the crab apples, will need a good soak every week. I have both, but they were planted over 20 years ago so I can't remember.
I hope the district nurse manages to sort something out. It sounds an impossible situation.