Friday, April 15, 2011
Lovely Late Blooming Daffodils
Once the main flush of daffodils passed by I thought the majority of my daffodils were gone until next year, but then along came some late bloomers. These late bloomers add so much to the garden-perhaps even more than the earlier ones because they are blooming with new perennials and fill out the garden.
I had heard from other gardeners that it seemed like this year was a bad year for daffodils. Has anyone had a problem with daffodils blooming this year? I haven't noticed a problem here but I divide my daffodils a lot. Division seems to keep the daffodils very happy.
Ignore the grass please. It always looks really lumpy in the spring. Fescue is such a difficult grass at certain times of the year; namely summer when it goes dormant, and now when it is trying to get going and grows unevenly while trying to fill in.
I try not plant daffodils too close to valuable perennials like hellebores and baptisia because the daffodils will compete with the very well rooted baptisia and hellebores and cause a conflict as both increase in size in bulk. Oftentimes though I do have daffodils mingled in with a great deal of perennials. Here we see some sedum next to these blooming daffodils. The cool thing about close planting and underplanting is that as the daffodil foliage dies back the perennials will hide the dying foliage.
The front Northside Shrub Border has a few lovely curves. This particular curve is close to the road and is most difficult for me to garden in. The area is under a tulip poplar where roots suck the soil dry and it is also on the north side of a cedar tree-so it barely receives sun. The daffodils seem to do okay along with the muscari in this corner.
I hope everyone is enjoying this glorious spring as much as I am....
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