I’ve been day dreaming about daffodils lately. This is the time of year to plant the bulbs, so I picked a spot right under this black cherry tree on the edge of the lawn. I bought 100 bulbs for naturalizing and planted them all. I tried not to plant them in straight rows, and instead tossed them on the ground and planted them where they landed. I figured it would look more natural, but I guess we’ll see when they come up in the spring.
I bought the bulbs from White Flower Farm. I like to buy from them because they are a local gardening supplier and I’ve had success with their plants before. Last fall, I planted peonies, a white bleeding heart, roses and hydrangeas from them, and I was pleased with all of the results. I chose the “Professional’s Naturalizing Daffodil Mix,” which is made up of 19 different varieties and should double in size in two years, and then again two years after that. My hope is that these daffodils will be a wonderful, bright and cheery part of spring for many years to come. Here’s a picture of this mixture from their website.
I would also like to put in a bee, bird and butterfly friendly garden in this area next summer. I’ve been doing a little research about it when I have time, and so far the plants I’m thinking of including are cosmos, black-eyed susans, zinnias, purple coneflowers, butterfly bush, bee balm, asters and daisies. Do you have any other suggestions for what else I should plant here?