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Daffodils for 2013


Spring might have arrived very late but the daffodils are all here now and they look lovely in the garden.

Lawn Daffodils 2013Since the rear garden faces south, all we see from the kitchen window are the backs of these flowers. This is the third of fourth year since we planted the lawn daffodils and this year, they’re probably the best they’ve ever been. If wish we had planted more, but then there really would be nowhere to step to the place I took the picture without crushing some of them.

Each year the daffodils appear in a very different looking garden. The size and shape of the borders has changed a great deal since they were planted and that’s why we now have blocks of daffodils half in soil, half grass and right in the middle of the arches making it somewhat tricky to get through. I sometimes wonder that if we had finished the borders first, we would have then planted the daffodils in better positions, but then they wouldn’t look so natural, as though they were always meant to be there.

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gardeninacity 11/04/2013 - 8:36 pm

Your daffodils are really lovely. I really like the white and yellow one.

Sunil 11/04/2013 - 9:15 pm

Hi Jason, thanks, we used to have several different kinds, but it seems like survival of the fittest over the years means the novelty ones (different colours, shapes and doubles) have mostly disappeared.

Claire 11/04/2013 - 9:44 pm

Lovely – and at long last. Some of mine have come up blind for some reason. Not sure why as I thought I planted them deep enough. What a relief to have spring anyway.

Sunil 13/04/2013 - 7:30 pm

Hello Claire, the second year after we planted these daffodils, nearly the whole lot came up blind, they’ve been much better since. It’s probably all to do with them settling down and getting into the cycle so that previous years blind ones come up with flowers and the previously flowering ones will come up blind until everything evens out.

Casa Mariposa 12/04/2013 - 1:13 am

I like it when daffs pop up in odd places. It does make it seem like they planted themselves, especially when they’re different varieties. Yours look quite happy. 🙂

Sunil 13/04/2013 - 7:32 pm

I agree, we planted ours in square blocks initially, but the “squareness” has worn away over time and due to the shifting borders, they’ve also been moved about and planted randomly too.

susan maclean 12/04/2013 - 7:19 am

At last! How lovely a show is that, Sunil? I only plant miniature daffs, mostly “tete a tete” and mine are out too, but so late, eh? Anyway, shhhh, but I think it’s spring! Going to be doing some serious gardening shortly I think.

Sunil 13/04/2013 - 7:34 pm

Hello Mrs Mac, we’re really enjoying (the back of) them at the moment. I actually spotted a giant double one (too heavy to lift itself up) that I haven’t seen before! I’ve been optimistically taking hardier plants out of the greenhouses too given the temperatures seem to be on the up.

Jayne on Weed Street 12/04/2013 - 2:57 pm

I think daffodils look best when blooming naturally here and there – just like yours!

Sunil 13/04/2013 - 7:36 pm

Hello Jayne, thanks, I love naturalised daffodils in lawns too and that’s exactly what I’ve got now (after a fair bit of digging and effort). It doesn’t do the lawn much good but who cares when you get a display like this each year!

Jean 17/04/2013 - 3:21 am

Sunil, It looks as though my daffodils bloomed at about the same time as yours. Mine, too, are in a south-facing garden so that I look out from the house at the backs of their heads — which is just a good excuse to go out into the lovely spring air and look them in the face.

Sunil 17/04/2013 - 10:13 pm

Hi Jean, I guess that’s one way of looking at it positively, but I do wish they would just face the other way on demand, then they can go back to chasing the sun. The shrubs and other plants that grow along the back fence also flower much better on the exterior side because it faces south, not the side that faces into the garden, which is annoying!


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