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weather sets in.Use a fork or hollow-tined aerator to spike lawnsDig up and pot up tender perennials to bring indoorsRaise the cutting height when mowing the lawnAround the gardenPlant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawnsPlant up patio pots
to have passed. All was relaxed and gorgeous.I've always loved under-planting with drifts of bulbs and was bowled over by a stunning, snow-like drift of narcissus beneath a flower-packed cherry. The effect was breath-taking. Having worked for the RHS
heather and a smattering of silvery cineraria. And of course, hidden beneath the compost in each container is a plentiful supply of Iris reticulate, Tete a Tete narcissus and crocus, waiting to cheer things up in the early spring!
Breathe deeply as you enter my sitting room this month and you’ll take in the powerful, almost intoxicating fragrance of paper-white narcissi.I planted the Narcissus papyraceus bulbs last autumn, in a glass bowl layered with gravel. All I've done
ordered from one mail order supplier in October still haven't arrived. It was actually Kate Bradbury, one of my fellow bloggers on this site, who led me to make another bulb order.In her blog Growing daffodils, Kate mentioned an early flowering narcissus
coloured pot. If you buy the plants from a garden centre, they can be planted into the garden after they've finished flowering, so you can enjoy them for years to come. February - MarchFebruary - March30 minutesDaffodils, e.g. Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' x3
it facing upwards. Cover with compost. Position somewhere cold and dark and check regularly for watering and pests. Once leaves appear in 10-12 weeks, bring the bulbs into the house.AdamTry forcing other spring bulbs, such as Narcissus 'Hugh Town', 'Itzim
piece of a jigsaw puzzle, it fits into place, adding to the memory of the old garden. A few years ago I discovered pheasant's eye daffodil, Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus (pictured, left), which I'd last seen growing in a pot, aged four. Its scent
that I can bring a few sprigs laden with red berries indoors as decorations. And if I get the timing right there are also pots of deliciously fragrant paper-white narcissus at their best to cheer-up a cool window sill.One tradition I remember the late
with compost, then plant a layer of early flowering dwarf bulbs like crocus, grape hyacinths or dwarf narcissus on top. In that way you'll get two (or more) flower displays from each pot. Roll on spring!