Daffodil ‘Mount Hood’

daffodil mount hood2daffodil-mount-hood1Have you planted your daffodils yet? I have  a large bag of them to plant, though I have no idea what variety they are. They were given to me – so it’s kind of like a lucky dip. I do like white ones though. Like this gorgeous variety called ‘Mount Hood’. I might need to get some more daffs to ensure I have some white ones too.

‘Mount Hood’ is available from Fiesta Bulbs.

Photo credits: Top image from here; Bottom image from Wayside Gardens.

Plant Now: Daffodils

daffodils yellow dress
Have you planted your daffodils yet? Now’s the time to do so. Late autumn, when the soil starts to cool down, is the ideal time to get daffodil bulbs in the ground.

When choosing bulbs, big is best. Smaller bulbs may not flower the first season. The bulbs should be clean and free from any blemishes, or you may find they’ll do nothing but rot. Feel them to ensure there are no soft spots.

In warmer areas place them in the fridge for a few weeks before planting to ensure bud initiation.

Plant bulbs in free-draining soil in sun. If the ground is too wet, particularly during summer when the soil is warm, bulbs may rot. Plant daffodils so the base of the bulb is about 15cm below the soil surface, or in light soils 20cm deep.

Daffodils are not heavy feeders. Fork in some bulb food before planting, then once again as the leaves begin to emerge – and that’s it until the flowers die down. After flowering, the bulbs begin to store food for the following season, so this is the most important time to feed and water.

Top image is from Bridal Musings; Image second from bottom is from Lock Cottage Flowers.

Plant Now: Hellebores

Hellebores, lavender, rosemary, ranunculus
Hellebores, white daffodil and ranunculus
Hellebores don’t last too long once picked, but gosh they do look spectacular in bouquets. Here are two beautiful examples of this winter bloom at its best. The top photo, from Wedding Chicks, shows hellebores teamed with rosemary, lavender and green ranunculi, and the bottom photo, from Butterfly Philosophy, sees them partnered with white daffodils and ranunculi. Both are so, so lovely. Head to your local garden centre and you’ll find plenty of these plants in store now, ready for planting. They like a party shaded position in free-draining soil. The latter is very important if you want to keep these plants alive.

Winter herb bouquet

winter herb bouquet
winter herb bouquet and narcissus, paperwhiteswinter herb bouquet and narcissus
While traditional flowery things are fairly scarce during winter, perennial herbs and early narcissus are there for the picking. Bay, rosemary, parsley, sage and wispy dill (although the latter is an annual) make up this aromatic bouquet, as well as sweetly scented narcissus. These are paperwhites, but you can use Erlicheer, which are in full bloom now. Check out that natural ‘bracelet’ too. See more photos of this lovely fresh-smelling bouquet over at Design Sponge.

Daffodil days


Daffodils and spring go hand in hand, but the daffs in my patch started blooming in early August (that’s late winter in the southern hemisphere). I don’t know the variety – they were here when I moved in – but the small delicate blooms are a mere 3cm wide, with eight flowers per stalk. Each has a wreath of creamy white petals which surround a pale yellow cup. If you get down to their level outdoors (they stand about 40cm high) you get a strong whiff of perfume. Indoors the fragrance hits you between the eyes as soon as you walk in the door.

When picking daffs, pinch the stems off at ground level rather than snipping them off with secateurs – unless you’re prepared to scrub your blades clean after each cut. [Read more…]