Slowly but surely, the colour in the woodland is changing from the white of the snowdrops to the yellow of the narcissus as they gradually open. It is as if a wave of yellow is slowly expanding across the garden, like an artist picking up yellow pigment with their brush and spreading a colour wash over their paper.
Lots of small narcissus have been planted, mainly because they look more natural in the woodland area and the other shady borders, but also because they stand up to the wind better than the taller ones and the dying leaves are not so noticeable.
Quite a few species narcissus have been planted here, mainly narcissus pseudonarcissus, these are allowed to self seed and don’t get dead headed like the hybrids.
The patches of yellow make it look as though the sun is shining, even when it isn’t.
A close up of Narcissus pseudonarcissus, lovely with its outer petals a paler shade.
Another favourite that flowers really early is Narcissus Tete a Tete, a really bright yellow that shows up across the garden
Tall ones on the bank that forms a boundary between our woodland strip and the road through the village. I think these must have been planted by the previous people and think that maybe they are the variety King Alfred. The King Alfred daffodil was bred in the next village to where we are, so for that reason alone it is allowed to stay, but the first strong wind will flatten it! Here in Devon, when boundaries were being decided hundreds of years ago, they were marked by building earth banks round the perimeter and then hedges planted along the tops. The trees in the woodland strip have been here for well over 200 yrs, old ladies living in the village tell me that they used to ride their ponies through here when they were little ! There are still quite a few areas that don’t have any narcissus in them , must make notes so that lots more bulbs can be planted next autumn and the wave of yellow can spread even further!