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.

Pot of Narcissus 'W.P.Milner'

Pot of Narcissus 'W.P.Milner'

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.

Narcissus 'W.P.Milner'

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.

Narcissus 'Jenny' and purple Hyacinth

I’m fairly certain that these are Narcissus ‘Jenny’, with their elegant stance and delicate colouring.

Narcissus 'Jenny'

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.

narcissus 'jenny' and hyacinth

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.

Narcissus 'Jetfire'

I believe that these are N. ‘Jetfire’, with lovely form and colour.

Tenby daffodil, Narcissus obvallaris

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.

A jar of primroses

Jar of primroses and home-made sourdough bread

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!


24 thoughts on “Fanfare

  1. Dear hillwards
    Lovely photos of some beautiful narcissus. The one good thing about all the cold weather we have had is that the narcissus have lasted for a long time. Usually, my narcissus are over and done by now, but this year, ‘Minnow’ has only just started to flower and ‘Tete a Tete’ is still going (as are the hellebores).
    Best wishes and keep enjoying those flowers.

    • Thank you; the long blooming period has been the silver lining of this long cold spring – definitely enjoying a bit of warmth and sunshine now though!

  2. I like the understated underplanting of the ‘Jenny’s – makes them seem even more elegant. p.s. you can come to dinner here if you bring some sourdough -[ my expertise extends to waitrose’s oat & linseed mix!]

    • Fabulous, look forward to seeing your pictures. Yes, Jenny have been good flowerers for a couple of years, and W.P.Milner seem lovely so far too.

  3. Daffodils, Primroses and Sourdough. What more could you want?! The sunshine of the last few days has certainly made a big difference to the gardens and the countryside. All the trees are tinged with tiny specks of green now.

  4. I love the range of narcissus. I think you are right that our daffodils are Jetfire. I prefer the dainty ones to the larger trumpet ones

    • Thanks, Helen. I do like large trumpet narcissus, especially when naturalised in grass, in great swathes, but for garden pots and borders the smaller ones are more in perspective.

  5. It’s good to take time to notice all these differences, isn’t it? And nice to pick some of our offerings to share with others – I picked some anemone blanda to take to a friend this week

  6. Most considerate of your daffodils to stagger their flowering and by doing so prolonging your pleasure in them. Mmmmmmm – freshly baked bread and flowers – now that’s a gift that would be hard to surpass.

  7. Lovely to share your spring flowers, my garden is slipping into early summer now, although today’s grey skies seem more like winter. Christina

  8. How fun to get a second wave of daffodils. Seems a bit fitting this year, though, with all the crazy temperature changes. Still, four months of them blooming is incredible!

  9. Now that’s the kind of gift I’d love to receive from a visitor! You’d be most welcome in our home. I love primroses, I’m rather ashamed to remember we used to spend happy hours picking them in the local woods when we were children. Bethx

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