no – not now…it’s not Chelsea. However, I’ve finished the list of bulbs that we’ll plant in the orchard this autumn. I have stepped away from rushing into finalising spring bulbs for the ornamental garden.
There are a plethora of bulbs that are quite happy growing in grass, (see here), and bulk up well. Of course, bulb catalogues are a source of great temptation and my initial list was quite long. I’m in agreement with the great John Brookes who said:
‘Once you have your plant list, cut it in half and double the quantities of the rest’.
So for planting this autumn I have restricted my list to:
Narcissus ‘Actaea’, a lovely ‘pheasant eye’ daffodil, flowering quite early,(April). Plus it is highly scented and can cope being planted in areas of longer grass.
Narcissus obvallaris, otherwise known as the ‘Tenby daffodil’ – the one that Wordsworth raved about in his poem. A lemon yellow flower, it will counter balance the white ‘Actaea’.
Narcissus ‘Lobularia’, the ‘Lenten lily’. This form has creamy white petals and a yellow trumpet.
… and because I couldn’t resist:
Fritillaria meleagris, the snake’s head frittilary. This we will distribute in the dampest area of the orchard.
Before planting in late autumn, the lovely OH will cut the orchard grass as close as possible. I’m tending towards mixing all the daffodil bulbs together before scattering as I think this will produce a more natural look than planting the individual species in separate blocks.
I’ve phoned in the order – job done …until planting time.