A second wave of the Narcissus ‘W.P.Milner’ bulbs that I planted last autumn has sprung up in the back garden, several weeks behind those in the front garden.
Their staggered arrival in the two locations is interesting, showing how differing amounts of sunshine (and wind) affects their flowering, whether in the ground or containers.
A taller narcissus with similar colouring and backswept petals has also been flowering in a container that my Mum planted up and gave to us several years ago.
I’m fairly certain that these are Narcissus ‘Jenny’, with their elegant stance and delicate colouring.
Alongside them, white Cyclamen coum have given way to a lovely purple Hyacinth, while an ornamental grass and variegated ivy are beginning to put on new spring growth.
A smaller, much more deeply coloured variety of daffodil with similarly backswept petals, that we inherited here, sends up two or three flowers every spring in the field border.
I believe that these are N. ‘Jetfire’, with lovely form and colour.
Two containers of Tenby daffodils, N. obvallaris, that were also gifts from my Mum, are also just coming to the end of their flowering. I must plant these out into the garden this autumn, where they can spread their feet.
There are still two more varieties of Narcissus that we added to the garden last autumn, which are yet to bloom. With our first daffodils appearing on the 5th January, and our last flowers not likely to arrive for a few weeks yet, we will have enjoyed a succession of golden trumpets for over four months this year – rather wonderful.
It’s not just the daffodils that are giving us pleasure at the moment. I couldn’t resist picking a jar-full of primrose flowers, which we took as a gift along with a loaf of warm, freshly-baked, sourdough bread when visiting friends for dinner.
The joys of spring!