“I wondered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er dales and hills when all at once I saw a crowd a host of golden daffodils, beside the lakes beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze, ten thousand saw I at a glance tossing their heads in sprightly dance” william wordsworth
Every year they arrive so quickly almost like a fairy has waved a magic wand over night and they never fail to evoke a feeling of excitement and put a spring in my step. For most they herald the arrival of spring – it’s probably their abudance and ubiquitousness that create this excitement as the crocus and snowdrops that have gone before don’t seem to create the same kind of buzz for most (although for me they have already provided days of endless gazing pleasure)
If your garden is lacking in spring colour – now is your chance to get started. Buy some ready planted containers or some ready grown bulbs and plant up your own containers, window boxes or hanging baskets. Things like narcissus and muscari always look good planted together in pretty teracotta pots or harmonize some paper whites and white primrose in a hanging basket. When they have finished blooming, let the plants die back to bulbs (the primroses can be planted straight into the garden to lighten up a shady spot) and think about where you would like to put your bulbs next autumn so you will have spring flowers popping up year on year. For best effect plant in clumps of threes (space the clumps out as they multiply!
Early spring bloomers – narcissi, muscari and primroses.