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A host of golden daffodils

Dreamscape’s MD Dan Newby believes the ‘humble’ daffodil deserves more respect

Daffs against clear blue skyWordsworth’s timeless ode to one of our nation’s favourite flowers never fails to please. And the same applies to the daffodils he speaks so eloquently of.

More formally known as Narcissus, this humble bulb brings cheer and hope every spring without fail.

There are many ‘divisions’, based on the flower shape – the most common being the trumpet form, so called because the inner section of the flower (the corona) protrudes further than the petals – giving a trumpet-like appearance! These are probably the ones that Wordsworth stumbled across on his Lakeland stroll, and the ones you’re most likely to see these days in their hundreds and thousands, brightening gardens and parks across the UK, with their cheery golden heads, nodding in the wind (or as our esteemed poet said, far more eloquently “Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”). Depending on which variety you choose you could have daffodils in flower from February to May, so select your bulbs carefully.

Daffodils naturalised under large treePlant them in autumn, in groups of at least five or six (never singly, they’ll just look lonely!) beneath a tree, or ‘naturalised’ in a lawn (this just means planted in clumps or swathes across a grassed area, to look ‘natural’ rather than in a flower bed). I think they also look great in large pots or containers – the benefit of these style of planting is that once they’ve finished flowering you just shift the pots out of sight and allow the flowers to die down somewhere they won’t spoil your flowerbeds during the process.  They’re pretty hardy, surviving in either sun or shade and they very quickly create more bulbs, so within a few years you could have your own ‘host of golden daffodils’. At Dreamscape Gardens we love to incorporate several different varieties into a landscape project – they never fail to please, year after year.

 

Dan writes a regular column for MOOR magazine: from where this article is taken

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