You Can Never Have Too Many Daffodils

Seeing swathes of yellow daffodils really lifts the heart!  I drive to work on the A24 and it’s wonderful to see so many daffodils on the verges, and as I enter the town, the banks are complete yellow.  I looked at them last week as I crawled along with the local traffic, and it struck me how sad that in another month everything will be green again and we will have to wait until next Spring to drive through yellow corridors. 

I bought a large selection of daffodil/narcissi last autumn and all the back breaking planting of the bulbs has paid dividends.  The garden is full of a various pretty daffs, most of which unfortunately I can’t name. 

The narcissi above I can name, it is called ‘Iced Folly’ and the photo I took this morning in the rain makes it look even more beautiful don’t you think? 

On one of my many trips to the local garden center I came back having bought a large pot of narcissi called ‘Winston Churchill’ with the promise of clusters of creamy white, double flowers,  flecked with orange.  It looks like the label was wrong, because it has produced the above flower – very pretty but definitely not creamy white! 

Right in the middle of the pot, the above flower popped up!  It looks a little like ‘Rip van Winkle’ in shape but not colour.  A friend looked at it and thought it was possibly malformed due to a diseased bulb.  I asked on Twitter and Instagram if anyone could name it but disappoingly had no response so maybe no one knows what it is called and it will remain one of life’s little mysteries. 

To end this short post, above is vase of daffodils I picked today, that had been beaten down by the overnight rain. 

Enjoy Spring! 

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – March 2017

Oh what a delight it is seeing colour in the garden and to be able to take lots of photos for GBBD this 15th March 2017.

We are experiencing a few mild days here on the Sussex south coast,  which is warming up the garden and bringing everything into life.  However, while writing this there is a news report on the TV about snow blizzards and icy winds on the East Coast of the USA, and I do hope it doesn’t come our way.  I am all too aware of snow in April, but there is always hope that it won’t happen.

I am really happy with the variety of daffodils and narcissus in the garden, and there are many more waiting to burst into flower, so plenty opportunities to take more photos.  It really is adding brightness around the back garden,albeit hosting minute slugs which are nibbling away at the petals.

Rather than write any more for you to read,  I am just going to post photos instead in colour sections to enjoy.

BLUE

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CHINIODOXA

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YELLOW

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FORSYTHIA

PINK

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RIBES

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HELLEBORES

PURPLE

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PRIMULAS

WHITE

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PIERIS ‘Forest Flame’

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PRIMULA

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TULIP KAUFMANNIANA ‘ACILLA’
I have a ‘wild’ bit at the end of the garden, which is quite overgrown with ivy and a pile of wood that I leave as a bug hotel.   In amongst all of this there arie some proper primroses, which along with daffodils, I see as a true harbinger of spring.

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On the 15th of each month Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts this meme.  Please hop over there and take a look at all the contributions to Carol’s GBBD as well as looking at her lovely garden.

Spring Has Sprung

I can’t believe how lucky I have been this week.  In need of a break, I took this week off work and the weather has been fabulous!  Unseasonably warm, at least until yesterday when a sea mist hung around all day and the day had a slight chill to it.  It was so lovely being outside and I tidied up the garden and did a stock take of what I had. Today is sunny, not quite as warm, but still good to be out in.  I always experience a sense of joy as I look around this time off the year and see all the dearly loved plants from the year before making another welcome appearance.  

The garden is full of spring colour I want to share it with you.   Before winter took hold I planted a large number of daffodil bulbs from an assortment bag.  Not as many as I expected appeared but those that have are so pretty and varied. 

     The primroses and primulas have spread well over the years.   

 The other yellow spring flower is Forsythia, it is like a bright yellow ball at the bottom of the garden.  The tiny Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) and the Forget-me-nots are beginning to create a pretty blue haze.  You may have noticed something white on the soil.  This is slug deterant scattered as a barrier around the Day Lilies because the slugs and snails have chomped a few of them down to stumps.  

 Take a look at the peony above!  Doesn’t it look great?  I love the dark red stems at this time of the year.  

I have to share the beautiful Ribes with you.  Such a shame that this shrub will start to smell of cat in a few months time.  Only another 5 days to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and I will be able to share more blooms with you, especially if the weather remains warm.  The garden is so happy and, coming up to two years following the removal of the bowel cancer, so am I to still be here to enjoy it.   

Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Daffy-down-Dilly

Has come to town

With a yellow petticoat

And a pretty green gown

Daffy-down-Dilly

– Nathaniel Hawthorn

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Р William Wordsworth