Narcissus started flowering a month ago and it was as if someone had picked up yellow pigment on a brush and washed it over half the garden. Where we used to have white everywhere from the snowdrops, it is now changed to sunshine yellow. Gradually , as the weeks go by, the colour changes once more – they are joined by narcissus which are yellow and white, then finally by those which are all white. Colours in the garden are changing all the time.
After the very early narcissus in February of Narcissus pseudonarcissus and Rijnvelds Early Sensation the baton is taken up by little Tete a Tete which always looks so cheerful.
Some of my bulbs were bought so long ago – long before I ever thought of doing this – I’m not sure of some of their names. I think this one is Jumblie.
Is this Kilworth? Maybe someone could let me know.
Maybe this is Mount Hood, lovely flower, wish I had more of it.
I know this one is February Silver
and this one is the lovely Dove Wings.
This tiny little flower belongs to tazetta canaliculatus, so sweet and perfectly formed.
I think this one is Lemon Glow.
This is definitely Geranium, I have planted a lot of this one in the border just in front of the woodland, they make a nice show from the sitting room window.
How about Ice Follies, I think this is a beautifully formed flower, a little frill to the trumpet and always looks so clean!
Home Fires is not one of my favourites, poor thing , it can’t help it. I feel the colours are a bit strident for in the woodland, maybe I ought to move it, would I like it more somewhere else? This variety was already here when we moved here, I think the problem might be that I didn’t choose it!
March 17th wouldn’t be the same without St. Patricks Day, it never lets me down, no matter what the weather, it always flowers on time.
Jack Snipe is such a super sturdy little one, we have quite a lot of this one in the woodland.
Lovely Thalia is now starting to come out everywhere and turning the garden back from yellow to white once more.
Don’t usually like double Narcissus but I made an exception in the case of White Lion, why, because of its beautiful perfume!
The first narcissus that flowered in February are now fading but we still have Pipit and Actea to come, so we will be able to enjoy these cheerful bulbs for quite a while longer. It is now time to deadhead these early ones, firstly, so that the bulb can build up again for next year and not waste energy by forming seeds, and secondly, so that the woodland doesn’t look a mess with dead flowers everywhere.
I have just taken loads of very boring photos of all the gaps in the planting that I think would benefit from some bulbs planted in the autumn. When planting time comes I will never remember where the gaps are – hopefully this will remind me – then all the other shady borders will look as lovely as the woodland does at the moment.