Between trying to weed, (while avoiding the bees) clearing the  remaining winter debris, feeding & pruning the clematis that have already budded,  trying to finish the seed selection and ordering … it has been a busy time. Spring is here…there may still be cold snaps but we are on our way.


Above, scenes from the Bothy and the endless ‘to do list’


The daffodils in the cutting garden are slowly diminishing and should be replaced this fall. Some have lasted several years, others just one or two seasons at most. Replanting this area is quite a challenge since there are no guidelines in the autumn. One thought was to plant the bulbs in peat pots and then transfer them to their appointed rows in spring when one can see where they are needed, but that plan never came to fruition. 

Several years ago I devised another scheme …  transplanting Muscari where the daffs had failed. Muscari sends up its foliage in the autumn so it would simply be a matter of trading the Muscari for a daff bulb. But when the spring came and the blue Muscari bloomed with the remaining daffs, the scene was so spectacular that I decided to leave it. Now however, this area needs attention.


 Some Daffs have come up ‘blind’ this year; that is lush foliage but no flower bud. I am attributing this to the lack of cold weather…we will know for sure next spring, but this section of the cutting garden is a big disappointment this season.


Above, these were 100 Tete`a Tete (head to head) it is only ‘Tete’ and very few are left. They did give a wonderful show and filled many mini vases over the last few years. I will replant that variety.

Do you have a favorite variety of daffodil?


8 thoughts on “THE CUTTING GARDEN

  1. I’ve planted Tete a Tete before but right now my favorite daffodil is the white “Mt Hood”. It always pleases me how it’s trumpet starts out a pale yellow that fades to white. Love all daffodils though, it’s hard not to since they are such harbingers of spring. It’s almost here!

  2. Sondra, I could never pick a favourite daffodil, however, I have some I would never want to be without in the garden. One is ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’. It is almost ALWAYS in bloom by New Year’s Day. This year it was in bloom even before Christmas!

  3. It would be like naming a favorite child. I thought to give a fav from each division and was immediately stuck between Ice Follies and Juanita for best Large Cup. Oh and Pink Charm is a large cup, too. Jetfire is the best cyclamineus, Hawera best minature, Sailboat is my fav jonquilla but Sweetness smells so good. Now I’ve left off some real favs. If this was a test I failed.

  4. I love “Ice Follies” but I fear they have also given out here. I do know “Tete-a-Tete” does well here in Mid Ga having had it recommended to me by a late friend who planted so many in her garden. I tell you those old what I call “ditch daffodils” that right now are blooming along side of road not far from my house (that may be dug up by me in just a few days en masse) almost never fail. Last fall I topped dressed some of these DDs with cow manure and they have done better this spring – and they were dug up from my old family cemetery in next county in a clump, sat in a plastic bag for months before I put them out and since being planted bloomed this year for first time. Was it the CM? I don’t know but something worked well.
    One year my late husband & I went to Atlanta to the Daffodil show – so many doubles were featured, I bought some, planted and they never did anything – also there is a large yellow single trumpet that is similar to a King Alfred I’ve planted – Carlton – and it has done well for me.
    How refreshing it is to read that someone else has plans that never come to fruition, too – my garden notebook is full of such ideas that stay on its pages and die there….thanks for your honesty, Sandra!

  5. Doubles — I forgot to mention them. If it gets warm, some are going to blast. In spite of that, I have Erlicheer already done, Tahiti in bud with a couple of blasts. Ice King will revert to Ice Follies. The ancient Van Sion will persist but it does not always bloom.

    I need to dig and replant. Daffodils tend to pull themselves down into the sand here and stop blooming. Digging ‘in the green’ is a sure way to know what goes where.

    Thank you for starting this thread, Sandra. I love to talk about daffodils. We haven’t even touched on which smell best.

  6. Dear Sandra, I have just spent the last lovely hour reading your informative blog while enjoying my morning coffee….I found you through French Kissed…..I too have attempted to plant a daffodil swath through our woods many years ago and have been somewhat disappointed with the result….they have offered a poor showing, more green than yellow. Because I planted over several hundred bulbs,several years in a row thinning them out would be a daunting task, and I have left them to their own devices! Each Spring I hope they will,put on the SHOW! Will be visiting often now that we have so much in common.

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