It would be fair to say that Winter in the Central tablelands of New South Wales has been wet. I have, in fact, let the words ‘we’ve had enough’ pass my lips on a couple of occasions.
Our back garden is flat, the ‘soil’ is clay and the drainage is dodgy. Fortunately, when we started the garden, we bought tonnes of good soil and built up the garden beds. It was excellent advice from a family member, given years ago for our previous garden, and adhered to since. ‘Build up your beds’, he shouted out of the car window as he drove away after a visit. And we listened.
The back lawn is another matter. Just now, it’s like walking on a wet flannel, but the beds have survived. I feared any bulbs would have rotted, but the narcissi are popping out flowers in their usual reliable fashion. What a joy it is to see them, their cheery blooms heralding Spring, which is just around the corner.
I’m a little hazy about their names as the pictures on the bulb packets sometimes look quite different from the real thing. Here they are as best as I can ascertain, but I’m always happy to hear other suggestions.
- A new comer to the garden, N. ‘Candy Princess’
- Petite N. ‘Hoop Petticoat’.
- N. ‘Red Rocket’
- I think this is N. ‘Jet Fire’. It’s also new and on the packet it has a reddish trumpet, but it is the correct shape with those petals ready to give it a quick start to wherever it’s going.
- Early Tazetta narcissi. I’m always delighted by this clump which is one of the first to appear and which flowers for an extended period of time.
- N. ‘Ice King’.
There are others, but I’ve limited myself to six because I’m joining in with Six on Saturday for the first time in ages. To see what other gardeners have growing, you can go to the Propagator’s blog and enjoy plants and gardens from all over the world.
Weather today: Frost, then sunny. -2.8 to 15 degrees Celsius.