I am cutting at last! Lots of Daffodils and smaller scented Narcissus. I have been using Narcissus from Cornwall over the last few weeks but I am now cutting my own...both at home and at Somerleyton Hall. I start with my own Paperwhites around Christmas, then a gap and my Grand Solieil d'Or ....then my spring season starts. I am growing Cheerfulness, Winston Churchill and Sweet Love which is my favourite...Cream, highly scented with a small trumpet. I also grow Thalia and Silver Chimes and numerous blooms of unknown varieties. Each year I think I will try some different varieties next year....Next year I would like to grow some larger varieties of Daffodils, perhaps with frilled trumpets and apricot coloured centres. I like the look of Fragrant Rose, White Lion, High Society and Ice King. Also the Orchid style Daffodils. I so enjoy when they start flowering and herald the arrival of spring.
Until now I have let my Daffodils fend for themselves but having done some reading I think I should feed and water them to encourage better growth and flowering. My soil is very dry and sandy so lacks moisture and nutrients. I do allow the leaves to die back naturally to allow the plant to store nutrients in the bulbs. This year some of my scented Narcissus have come through slightly short...It has been very dry, so I am wondering if this is the cause. This is the wonderful thing about gardening, always something new to learn.
Don't forget that Daffodils and Narcissus are poisonous, so never eat and always wash your hands after handling. They also produce a lot of sap when cut, this sap can cause other flowers to deteriorate if they are kept in the same vase. I find if the Daffs are cut in advance and kept in water before mixing with other flowers this can be minimised.
What are your favourite varieties?.... Please let me know.
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.