How to Plant Narcissi for Naturalising

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How to Plant Narcissi for Naturalising

I’m going to plant narcissus down our drive. I love driving in here and just having it coated in beautiful, beautiful flowers throughout the spring. But the month I find most difficult is February, I was actually born in February, but I find it really tricky, it feels like winter’s been going on for ages, and that’s why February flowers are really important.

So one of the plants that I’m going to put in here is a really, really early flowering variety of narcissus called ‘Rijnveld's Early Sensation’. And, when I’m planting bulbs for naturalising in grass like this, you literally do this, it’s good fun you just go ‘whooooah’, and then again, you just chuck them and that way they fall in really natural patterns, you don’t get that sort of equally spaced thing that you don’t want that you see in kind of a parkland bedding. It’s much more relaxed, much more natural, and so I’ve got a nice clump of these here, and then in with that I’m going to put a really delicious, lovely little narcissus for a bit later, that will be a good succession, which is called ‘Elka’, which is basically like an ivory coloured 'Tête-à-Tête'. And then the final one that I’m going to put here is a new trial variety which is a Jonquil, and the thing about Jonquils is that they tend to have really delicious scent, and this one’s called ‘Blushing Lady’, and it’s got a lovely, creamy flower with a pink perianth, which is the bit at the centre.

Good, so I’ve got a nice, even distribution over this whole area – quite dense – and I like that, so I’ll have this drifting of three varieties here and then I’ll have something else coming over here. So the next stage is that you get one of these brilliant bulb planters which are just fantastic, because they mean you don’t do your back in nearly as badly as you do with a hand bulb planter. And you cut a core just like that, out of the grass, and this one’s nice and sharp, and it’s just like a spade. And then you cut, the core comes out like that, the core of soil, and you lay that down. If there are two of you this is even quicker, or even three of you, because then the next person - not Dusty - comes along. So one person cuts the hole, the next person puts a handful of grit in the base, then you put your bulb. And then, as you go to cut the next hole, which is here, the first core of soil pops out, you pop that in, and you just put it over like that. How nifty is that!? So, in goes my grit. You won’t need that grit if you garden on chalk, or sandy soils, but I’ve got very heavy clay soil here. So here’s the next one exactly where it fell. In it goes, over goes the core, push it down gently, and then the next one. Perfect job for a sunny November afternoon.