"A host of golden Daffodils" Wordsworth
Spring only really starts when the Daffodils start to bloom.
I plant Daffodil bulbs in September, they need little attention but reasonably fertile soil and watering help produce more blooms. They may need dividing if clumps become too congested and leaves should be allowed to die back naturally as this allows the bulb to store nutrients for next spring's flowers.
Favourite varieties include, Sir Winston Churchill, Cheerfulness, Avalanche, February Gold ( which flower late February/early March here), Geranium, High Society, Perfect Lady, Silver Chimes, Pheasant Eye, Thalia, Sweet Love,, Vanilla Peach, Grand Soleil D'Or, Paperwhites. I particularly like the scented varieties. before my own Narcissus come into flower, I buy in from Scilly Isles and then Cornwall.
Daffodils are also now associated with fundraising for Marie Curie Nurses. With this in mind from now until the end of my Daffodil season I will be donating £1 from my large £15 jars of mixed Daffodils and Narcissus to The Marie Curie Nurses appeal.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.