Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Early Daffodils


The early season daffodils are in full bloom this weekend. None are more vigorous than the "Tete-a-tete" narcissus lining the front of the Mudroom Flowerbed. 


In July of 2011, I dug up one fat clump of "Tete-a-tete" bulbs in this very bed. I then sorted out the Muscari bulbs from the "Tete-a-tete" bulbs. I replanted the whole bunch, dividing the "Tete-a-tete" into two separate patches.


Flash forward five years and now those two clumps are overflowing and the poor Muscari are buried once again. Looks like its time to do some more digging and dividing this upcoming Summer.


In the front flowerbed, the "Jet Fire" daffodils have just opened.  They come back reliably each year.


When the blooms are new, the orange trumpets are at their most distinct shade of orange. Over time, the orange fades and become harder to differentiate from the yellow petals.


Such a nice display.


I am most excited this year to see this nice little group of "Snipe" narcissus. Last year I dug up this variety from its old home, underneath the creeping succulent plants. There were 4 bulbs at that time. I accidentally stabbed one in half with my trowel. That left three bulbs to plant in the new spot. Two came up last spring and only one bloomed. This year, two of the bulbs have expanded. One has 2 blooms the other has 3. The third bulb has also sent up some foliage this year, so there is still hope that it will gain strength and bloom next year.


I love their long, yellow trumpets and thin white petals that reflex back toward the stem. So much drama on such a petite bulb.


Glowing in the afternoon sunshine.


In the not-so-good news department, my "Topolino" narcissus have only produced two blooms this year. As you can see there is a mass of healthy, green foliage. I am hoping it was our extreme weather this December that caused it, and not a issue with the heath of the bulbs. Perhaps, right when the plant was ready to send up the flowering stalks, our frezzing rain and snow arrived. I still might dig up this group this Summer. It wouldn't hurt to amend the soil and replant the bulbs once again. Until then, I will enjoy my two little blooms!

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