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Protecting daffodil shoots


by Pippa Greenwood

When we moved into our house we planted daffodil bulbs by the sackful. The result each spring is phenomenal - our drive is flanked with gold.


DaffodilsWhen we moved into our house we planted daffodil bulbs by the sackful. The result each spring is phenomenal – our drive is flanked with gold. But at this time of year, when delivery vans and friends visit, the emerging daffodil shoots are often squashed.

I’ve developed a very cost-efficient system of protecting the young daffs from destruction. I take a handful of bamboo canes and some bright orange baler twine. I drive the short bamboo canes into the edges of the drive and tie the twine to the tops. Even in the dark, visitors can see the marked edges of the drive and avoid trampling on my daffodils.

But this year I've been spectacularly disorganised. I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, checking my watch every five minutes exclaiming that "I'm late! I'm late!" I've lost the canes and have already started to notice some casualties on the drive.

I must get out there and start protecting the remaining shoots as soon as possible. If I can't find the canes I'm sure I'll be able to forage for some sturdy twigs, anything will do!



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Gardeners' World Web User 05/02/2009 at 17:01

Hi Pippa. I know that white rabbit feeling - the nights are drawing out even though it is snowing and the greenhouse still looks like Armageddon! I will have to start my seeds off in the conservatory this year; what seeds to you sow early ie now?

Gardeners' World Web User 05/02/2009 at 18:26

What a relief to hear that even an expert can be spectacularly disorganised! Maybe I shan't be so discouraged by Bob Flowerdew's assertion that the difference between a good and an indifferent gardener is six weeks.

Gardeners' World Web User 05/02/2009 at 18:30

Don't you think that Daffs are the prettiest things I don't think there is one that I would think boaring no matter what colour they turn out to be not even the pink ones that some people find so unacceptable. I love them all with their lovely frilley trumpets.

Gardeners' World Web User 05/02/2009 at 19:26

When should i plant my daffodils?

Gardeners' World Web User 06/02/2009 at 16:28

Never mind the daffodils Pippa. I'm waiting for my expanding collection of snowdrops to appear. I was getting very excited last week but those emerging beautiful white heads are now under 8" of snow! Roll on Spring.

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