Noble Narcissi: SoS, September 16

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For weeks I wondered where all the snails disappeared to.  During Winter, with the small amounts of rain we had, I sometimes  went out into the garden to find snails, and to my surprise, they mostly eluded me despite searches under and around their favourite hiding places. However, one night last week, with warmer temperatures and a good fall of rain, they swarmed across the garden like schoolchildren being let out of class and achieved large amounts of damage.

Some of my photos for this week's six, which is celebrating Narcissi, bear testament to the marauding of the snails. I apologise in advance for the lack of identification, and hope that some more knowledgeable plantspersons will be able to assist.


One:  Narcissus 'Red Rocket', not nearly as red as the picture on the packet, but charming nevertheless, complete with small visitor.


Two: Narcissus 'Ice King'.  This becomes surprisingly yellow as it ages, so much so that I have questioned my own identification.


Three: I don't know the name of this one, but she could be called 'Weight of the World'.


Four: Narcissus 'Butterfly Pickup'


Five:  Narcissus No ID.  I love the whiteness and simplicity of this narcissus. I’ll make up a name: ‘Blanc et Blanc’!


Six: Also Narcissus No ID, with a great deal of damage from the slimy molluscs.


That's my six for this week.  As always, the venerable host of this meme, the Propagator, has more sixes on his blog.  Click here to find out more.


Weather today: 3 to 28 degrees C and windy.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve got an urge for a fried egg looking at your narcissi.

    1. Jane says:

      Ha ha- I see what you mean!

  2. Jim Stephens says:

    I hesitate to say we had none other than Ron Scamp talking to our garden club earlier this month. You will be thinking who’s Ron Scamp. He brought along bulbs to buy. I bought bulbs. Look at his website and you will see why.

    1. Jane says:

      Of course you bought bulbs! As I would if I had access to that website. The wonder of it is that you were able to choose some/a few/lots from such a tempting selection.

  3. Fred says:

    Nice presentation of narcissii this week. I just bought ‘Sportsman’ and I hope that the heart will be as red as the picture shows … It will unfortunately be a (small) disappointment, maybe like your ‘Red rocket’ but among all yellow I have, this will give a little extra color

    1. Jane says:

      Sportsman is very bright and cheerful, Fred and sure to be an excellent addition to your collection. I’ll keep a lookout for him in your six when Spring comes to you!

  4. Tim Hewitt says:

    Just put my bulb order in, Jane, and it does contain Narcissi!

    1. Jane says:

      Something to look forward to, Tim!

  5. Lora Hughes says:

    These are smashing. Love Weight of the World w/the pansies. Really nice combo. That first photo is stunning as well. Makes me wish for spring here. Much inspiration for bulb purchases!

    1. Jane says:

      Thanks, Lora. I think quite a few Sixers are getting inspired to order their Spring bulbs. Poor Weight of the World could barely lift her head off the ground!

  6. Jude says:

    I have put my bulb order in too, and it also contains a lot of daffodils – now I am worried that they will get munched! I have some dwarf ones already in the garden and most of those seemed to do OK, although there is one white scented one which suffered a lot of damage. Oh, well, too late now. And there is nothing like seeing these cheerful flowers to know it is spring 🙂

    1. Jane says:

      What do you do, Jude, to try to keep the munching to a minimum? I was truly amazed at the number of snails that appeared in my garden, and they were just the ones I could see! Have you tried the beer traps? I’m going to set some as I’ve been told they work very well.

  7. Granny says:

    It seems strange to see narcissi in September! One of the features of Six-on-Saturday seeing other seasons. Lovely blooms.

    1. Jane says:

      It would seem strange to you, and I have the same feeling about seeing NH posts, although seeing new-to-me plants on SoS has encouraged me to try some new things in my garden which is quite fun.

  8. Paul Foreman says:

    Some lovely photo’s there Jane. The Slugs Song have come back with avengece in my garden after a wet few weeks.

    1. Jane says:

      They’re such a nuisance, Paul, and they love to set up camp in and around succulents!

  9. Jo says:

    As a kid, daffodils were my favorite flowers. I’ll never grow up 🙂

    1. Jane says:

      They are charming flowers, aren’t they, and so full of sunshine. Except when they’re white, I suppose.

  10. rusty duck says:

    Right. If I do only one thing tomorrow it will be to complete my spring bulbs order. I love ‘Red Rocket’ and the bottom one with the pink trumpet. I must get more narcissi. They are supposed to be poisonous so rabbits and deer do tend to leave them alone. Molluscs too, up to now.. I hope they’re not reading your post!

    1. Jane says:

      It was only the flowers that they ate, and I think putting some beer traps out might help. I’m going to try that, anyway.

  11. Gill Heavens says:

    Lovely to see the daffs! I like Red Rocket too, and also the white one. Happy spring to you. 🙂

    1. Jane says:

      Thank you for the Spring greetings, Gill. It really is such a wonderful time in the garden, and I have to do a little tour at least twice a day to see what’s changing.

  12. Vicki says:

    Lovely, especially the soft pinkish tinge to the last one. I like the Blanc et Blanc too.

    1. Jane says:

      You could try some in a pot on your balcony, Vicki. They’d look very cheerful there.

  13. Robyn Haynes says:

    ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud …’ Reminds me of Wordsworth.

    1. Jane says:

      I’m blaming Mr Wordsworth for my desire to instantly have a host!

  14. Kris P says:

    What a great collection of Narcissi you have! Sorry to hear about the snail problem. I wish I could send you a raccoon – to two. 😉

    1. Jane says:

      Not sure I’d like a raccoon- I have a sneaking suspicion they’d cause a few problems of their own! We do have quite large lizards- bearded dragons, and if we’re lucky, blue tongue lizards, so hopefully they’ll help out a bit.

  15. Darn those snails, they must have been waiting for the right moment to attack en masse! Your blooms are still beautiful though.

    1. Jane says:

      It was really strange, the way they all seemed to appear from nowhere. I didn’t think that snails would hibernate, but perhaps that’s what they were doing-and breeding as well!

  16. Lovely flowers. I’ve just planted some more narcissi so your photos are a great reminder of what’s to come next spring.

    1. Jane says:

      Something to look forward during the cold days of winter!

  17. I must get some more interesting daffs this year I just have the bog standard yellow ones. I feel a bulb order coming on….

    1. Jane says:

      Nothing wrong with bog standard yellow ones either. Like most plants, once you really start looking, there’s a wide choice available. I’ve been discovering this on posts about dahlias, for instance.

  18. thequiltinggardener says:

    Beautiful pictures. I ordered bulbs a couple of weeks ago but having seen yours I think I might need to order some different ones!

    1. Jane says:

      There are so many beautiful narcissi it’s difficult to make a choice.

  19. It’s so lovely to see all your narcissus, Jane! I love your pink-cupped daffodil, despite the rascally snails! And the lovely little doubles at the top of the post – quite pretty! Because of the low-chill winters, the paperwhite types work best for me here, but I can’t resist trying some of the others – definitely with mixed results!

    1. Jane says:

      Hi Amy,glad you enjoyed the photos. The Narcissi at the top of the page are Erlicheer, and if paper whites do well in your garden, I think those might too. They’ve all brought such a lot of pleasure in these early spring days that I think I’ll be buying a lot more, come Autumn.

  20. Eliza says:

    Cursed snails! I have a similar problem, so much so that I’ve started planting only resistant plants and avoiding things they munch.
    Your daffs are lovely. Nice to see as we wind down our garden year. Might the white trumpet be ‘Mt. Hood’ and the last one ‘Salome?’

    1. Jane says:

      Thank you for those two IDs, Eliza. Looking at photos, they could both be correct. The wretched molluscs only seemed interested in the flowers and not the leaves and they certainly made a mess. I’ve done a fair bit of stomping in the garden!

  21. Ciar says:

    A beautiful selection of narcissi! Number six reminds me of one I bought a couple of years ago called ‘Sophie’s Girl’. Now off to put in that bulb order…

    1. Jane says:

      Thank you! I think a few NH gardeners have been prompted to put in their Autumn orders!

  22. Lis says:

    How lovely (if a bit weird for this NH dweller!) to see such beauties flowering, Jane – are they all scented, too? I have every sympathy about the snails having spent the entire year battling with them here, they are so destructive, Nothing for it but all-out war!
    PS I’ve relented and written a quick update this week on my ‘old’ blogsite if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to in sunny Spain. Happy equinox!

    1. Jane says:

      Hi Lis, I can’t tell you if they’re scented as I have no sense of smell which is a sad thing for a gardener! What do you do about the snails? Hobnailed boots? Beer traps? Or do you have another remedy. Will look at your update.

      1. Lis says:

        I have to confess to throwing the snails out of the garden as far and as hard as I can! Luckily, as the garden sits squarely in the middle of our own land, this doesn’t cause any problems for neighbours but the action makes me feel better, especially when accompanied by various choice Anglo-Saxon mutterings. Not sure it will catch on as a sport but it does at least give the plants a chance. 🙂

  23. Anna K says:

    Snails or not, I’m excited for you that spring finally seems to have arrived! I hope it will bring many far nicer, less slimy surprises for you, as the weeks go on. 🙂

    1. Jane says:

      Oh, thanks, Anna. We haven’t had any rain since then so the snails haven’t been so evident. It’s such a pleasure to see the garden waking up…something new to see every day.

  24. Jane, it is funny how you are in spring and we are getting ready to enter Fall. It will be many months before we see spring flowers. Have to go through the darn winter first. Great post and AWESOME photos as always!

    1. Jane says:

      It’s always a strange thing to contemplate, the difference in the hemispheres, Lonnie. Thanks for your comment, glad you liked the photos.

  25. bushboy says:

    Mine didn’t flower this year. Because it’s too wet and the bulbs rot over Summer, I have then in a large pot

    1. Jane says:

      You’d get plenty of rain where you are-something we don’t see nearly enough of, so rotting bulbs tends not to be a problem.

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