Every fall I get boxes and boxes of blubs, mostly tulips but usually a few others also. This year I decided to bulk up on daffodils and Leucojum, early flowers. Every year I try to have as many early blooms as possible for our wholesale bouquet accounts .
Leucojum Aestivum Gravetye Giant will bloom at the same time as our daffodils, tulips and anemones. The cultivar name honors Gravetye Manor, the Sussex home of horticulturist and garden writer William Robinson (1838-1935) who introduced this plant. Robinson was an Irish gardener who introduced the cottage garden style of abundant planting that allowed no ground to show, making the flowers look like they are overtaking a flower bed.Narcissus Manley
I seek to bring people unique and unusual blooms so this season I planted some double daffodils.
Narcissus Gay Tabor
As we all crave fragrance in spring, I chose Narcissus albus plenus odoratus. Often known as the “Double Pheasant’s Eye”, this 1861 heirloom is described as “a double white perianth and a subtle, yellow, frilled center with a red rim and a sinful fragrance.”
By the time these lovelies come shooting up I will be knee deep in dirt, planting and seedlings, barely having a moment to catch my breath…I will be so busy I will almost have forgotten the careful plans I made months before, until these beauties start arriving to surprise me. Spring brings so many presents: every day is a different flower, boldly announcing itself and forcing me to take a moment to enjoy and smell some sinfulness!
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