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A Hillside of Spring Cheer

May 3, 2021

hillside of daffodilsLast fall, I planted 150 daffodil bulbs between the perennials on my front slope. My goal was to repeat the successful planting of crocuses on the side slope. Those provide a much-needed splash of color in late March and April; I wanted to follow them with a cheerful display of yellow to fill the gap after the crocuses fade and before the perennials start to bloom in earnest in late May.

I bought my bulbs from one of my favorite Maine sources of seeds and plants, Fedco Seeds, a co-op that specializes in cold-hardy selections for the Northeast and whose catalogs are a source of both information and delight. From their catalog of “Bulbs and Plants for Fall Planting,” I chose the Narcissus Landscape Mix, described as a great choice for those who are “looking for a large splash of springtime inspiration that will last year after year.”

I used my garden spade to scoop out thirty holes between the perennials and pressed five daffodil bulbs into the sandy soil of each hole. After I closed each planting hole, I sprinkled ground cloves on top, a strategy recommended by Fedco for keeping rodents from sniffing out and digging up bulbs, and which I had used very successfully in protecting the crocus bulbs on the side slope.

Front Slope DaffodilsAs April has turned into May, all thirty clumps of daffodils have emerged and bloomed. I have identified four main varieties in my mix of daffodils (above), two yellow and two white, two with yellow cups and two with orange cups. As the perennials around them emerge and grow, I expect that the fading foliage of the daffodils will be mostly hidden from view. I am very happy with my hillside of spring cheer.

front slope daffodil display

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Thomas permalink
    May 3, 2021 11:48 am

    This looks lovely. If you go to Pineland in N Gloucester, check out the circular daffodil and daylily garden on the left side of the road by the pond entrance.

    • May 15, 2021 7:15 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Carol. I go to Pineland frequently and always enjoy checking out their plantings.

  2. Molly Wickwire permalink
    May 3, 2021 11:55 am

    Love all the spring colors.

    • May 15, 2021 7:16 pm

      Molly, I so agree. After the muted color palette of winter, the vibrant colors of spring are such a treat!

  3. May 3, 2021 3:14 pm

    Beautiful! I’m sure they’ll only get better with each passing year. The ground cloves idea is interesting – I’ll pass that idea to a friend who has a perpetual problem with critters digging up her bulbs.

    • May 15, 2021 7:18 pm

      Kris, The ground clove strategy has worked well for me. My crocuses are still blooming and increasing in size five years after I planted them with ground clove protection, and not a single daffodil bulb got dug up (and then rejected) by curious rodents.

  4. May 4, 2021 6:04 pm

    A strong scent of ground cloves leaves me reeling, so I can see how that could work.

    Lovely Daffs!

    • May 15, 2021 7:18 pm

      hb, The scent of ground cloves really does keep the critters away.

  5. May 16, 2021 1:48 pm

    I like the lemon frilled one

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