fall planting

October 9, 2008
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Planting, Soil

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Dear All,

The box finally arrived yesterday.  They’re from a bulb sale in Ohio, from Phyllis Hess.  Got some planted yesterday, then Dave Nice visited, got the rest done today.  I got:

Narcissus ‘Brackenhurst’ 2 Y-O, Barbara Abel Smith
N    ‘Cool Flame’ 2 W-P, Mitsch
N    ‘Crater’ Y-GRR, de Navarro
N    ‘Fire Flash’ 2 O-O, Richardson
N    ‘Fire Raiser’ 2 O-O, Carncairn
N    ‘Glencraig’ 2 Y-R, Ballydorn
N    ‘Gunsynd’ 2 Y-ORR, Jackson
N    ‘Happy Event’ 2 Y-ROO, Richardson
N    ‘Heron’ 2 W-P, Mitsch
N    ‘Icelandic Pink’ 2 W-P, Mitsch/Havens
N    ‘Kimmeridge’ 3 W-YYO, Blanchard
N    ‘Kindergarten’ 3 W-OOR, Bell
N    ‘Kirklington’ 2 W-P, B Abel Smith
N    ‘Merlin’ 3 W-YYR, Richardson
N    ‘Molten Lava’ 3 Y-YYR, Mitsch
N    ‘Radical’ 6 Y-Y, Rosewarne EHS
N    ‘Royal Charger’ 2 Y-O, Richardson
N    ‘Shining Light’ 2 Y-R, Board
N    ‘Snowfire’ 4 W-R, Helen Richardson
N    ‘Sobig’ 2 Y-O, Philips
N    ‘Sparkling Jewel’ 3 W-YYR, Bloomer
N    ‘State Express’ 2 Y-GOO, Duncan
N    ‘Tangent’ 2 W-P, Mitsch

Dug a new bed behind the tool shed, planted three large Helleborus against the back wall, with Epimedium davidii between them.  Have small pockets left to put Crocus banaticus in, plus a little space in front for Cyclamen coum.  Couldn’t fit all the Daffodils in, so around the roots of a departed Juniper I dug out a couple self sown Tradescantia, and put ‘Sobig’ and ‘Tangent’ there.  Good soil, no improvement needed.  But I had a few Narcissus ‘Pink Paradise’ and Snowdrops already there, and a small Paeonia mlokosewitschii in the middle of the area.  For its sake it was good that I took out the Tradescantias.  So, ‘Sobig’ is in front of N ‘Pink Paradise’ and behind the Peony, and ‘Tangent’ is in front of it.  Look forward to seeing them next spring.  Meanwhile, I’m doing internet research, mostly for photos.  Good verbal descriptions aren’t the forte of most contemporary people.  Past RHS Daffodil Yearbooks usually aren’t much help.  You mostly find that a variety won a ribbon, but occasionally there’s a valuable and useful comment.

Best,

Don

2 responses to “fall planting”

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    Don, you do know about http://www.daffseek.org, don’t you?  If you’re talking about researching the daffodils, that is certainly the place to start.  Type in the name of the cultivar and it will pull up all sorts of info, including photos.  You can click on the photos to make them larger; keep clicking to get the photo as large as possible.

    I won’t start planting until November here and probably won’t finish before January!

    Becky Fox Matthews
    that daffy girl near Nashville

    2nd Vice President American Daffodil Society www.daffodilusa.org

    " type="cite">Meanwhile, I’m doing internet research, mostly for photos.  Good verbal descriptions aren’t the forte of most contemporary people.  Past RHS Daffodil Yearbooks usually aren’t much help.  You mostly find that a variety won a ribbon, but occasionally there’s a valuable and useful comment.

    Best,

    Don

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  2. Chriss Rainey says:

    “Good soil, no improvement needed.”
     
    I can only live and dream of such a situation.  A new bed here is a major construction project that could require a backhoe and a jack hammer.  I end up settling for a pick ax and a lot of tenacity.  And I think long and very hard about any idea to create more room for growing. 
     
    Green with envy,
    Chriss Rainey