As the white of the snowdrops start fading away, having kept my interest for 3 months now, the yellow of the narcissus takes over the baton. Yes, we had early flowering Narcissus in flower just after Christmas, N. Rijnveld’s Early Sensation, but it is just now that the waves of yellow are starting to make the garden shine, as if someone has run round the garden with a paintbrush loaded with the colour yellow and given a broad brush stroke over each border.
Narcissus Tete a Tete
Narcissus Tete a Tete are examples of the smaller Narcissus that I like, they stand up to the wind much better than the taller ones which fall over at the least puff of wind. These were all still standing after Storm Doris passed through a while ago.
Seeding merrily around the woodland is Narcissus pseudonarcissus which all the books and magazines tell us is the narcissus of Wordsworth fame.
This is the only Narcissus that I don’t deadhead as it seeds true, the others, being hybrids wouldn’t.
I like the two tone effect of N.pseudonarcissus, the paler outer petals soften the yellow of the trumpet.
An explosion of yellow from Tete a Tete.
The first to flower of N. Geranium.
Yellow with an orange trumpet flowering in the ditch.
N. pseudonarcissus sliding down the ditch.
I thought I had dug out all the very tall King Alfred type that were here before we were – obviously not!
N. King Alfred was originally bred in the next village. They all died out due to a virus so anything sold as King Alfred aren’t from the original bulbs. I suppose I ought to keep a few as it was a local variety.
In the front garden but I can’t remember it’s name!
A little variety contrasting with Cyclamen coum behind.
A small variety with lovely long trumpets and swept back petals.
I’ll finish with another view of lovely N. Tete a Tete which brightens up any dull corner.
Each year I wonder if Narcissus St. Patrick’s Day will flower on time, it has only managed it a couple of times before, I will be waiting on March 17th to see if any of the flowers are open.
Is your garden looking yellow at the moment or are you still in the grip of winter?