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Just recently I have been poring over summer clatalogues, as I guess many of us have - and am faintly horrified, and very puzzled as to why anyone would want to buy summer flowering narcissi?  We all love narcissi in the Spring, such a lovely flower to end winter and get on with Spring, yellow, white, cream - perfumed.  Why then summer flowering?  Am I the only one who finds this wierd beyong anything?  There are other things grown out of season I know, but the daffodil advertisment just caught my eye and my mind today.


I agree.  Sounds all wrong, like pink daffs and the hunt for red delphiniums and true blue roses.  Why?   They're all beautiful enough in their natural colours and seasons.

Highland Jeannie

I agree too.

Although it's good to get plants that have a long flowering season or lots of colours it just seems wrong to go too far.  The daffodil is a classic example - WONDERFUL when they arrive; herald of spring; hope for the future etc but by the end of their season I'm starting to say "oh, more daffs, ho hum"

What next; yellow snowdrops in August, blue roses in February or purple crocosmia in May??

This is why Chelsea doesn't feel quite right for me....masses of plants flowering at wrong time. Delphiniums are best when blue, daffs are yellow or white. and roses in red, orange, pink, etc but not blue.

I quite fancy purple crocosmia in may!



I have some very early flowering narcissi but they don't fit in. It's not their time.

Gardening Grandma

Glad someone feels the same as me about Chelsea, Verdun - marvellous artistry and gardening skill but somehow artificial and only affordable by the wealthy. Beautiful to look at, of course, and that is worthwhile in itself - as long as one realises that it can't be copied. Fantasy land. I suppose it gives us something to aim for, and a glimpse of really good garden design.

Purple crocomia in May! Sounds rather lovely.


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