How not to plant daffodils


March has almost finished and in this upside down year it certainly has not been “in like a lion, out like a lamb” as the winds are roaring down the country.  It continues to be exceptionally mild, going to 21 degrees centigrade a couple of days ago.  Seemingly this winter has been the mildest since 1880.

I hope the little plums on the large tree in the foreground of the picture above don’t all get blown away.Daffodil edge

This year the daffodils in the front garden were beautiful but the clumps were needing to be divided.  I cannot plant bulbs at the bottom of the back garden because of the tree roots but I had a cunning plan!  Kourosh was cutting out turf where he is planting wild flowers so I decided to cut out a shallow trough for the bulbs and cover them with the divots of turf.  I must admit I found there were more bulbs than I had expected and carting the divots was more tiring.  The resulting plantation is eccentric but if even twenty percent catch I shall be pleased.

Mass of wild anemones

Actually this is the sort of planting I would really like and there are masses of them all around us at the moment.  Nature is much more cunning than I am.

Wild anemone

The wild anemones are mainly white but some are a delicate violet or pink or a mix of the two (See, What colour is a white wood anemone?)


The Pulmonaria and


violettes and

Potentilla sterilis

this little white flower are out in abundance in the woods nearby.  The white flower is Potentilla sterilis or the barren strawberry which I have been calling a wild strawberry up until today when I read this post on WordPress from Catbrook Wood.  We do get wild strawberries too, but later, of course.

Polygala myrtifolia

We continue to add as many bee and insect plants as possible into the garden.  Today it was the addition of Polygala myrtifolia.  It is of South African origin and tender but it is well protected in a corner of the front garden although it will need to be covered if we get hard frosts.

Polygala close

It is supposed to flower all year round but more plentifully in the spring.  You can see the stamens full of pollen tempting the bees.

Camelia and bee

Will it be more successful than the Camelia which has a successful but short season?

Osmia cornuta clearing hole (2)

The female Osmia cornuta have arrived to keep me amused.  I was amazed to watch this one decide to clean out a hole another insect has used so that she could re-use it.  I have a variety of empty holes available but she capriciously decided that this one was the one that she wanted.

Blue tit on car (2)

This blue tit has been providing us with entertainment every morning as he tries to see off another male that peers at him from inside our car.  I would imagine it is the spring and the mating season that makes him more aggressive but it does seem that he is rather looking for trouble.

Blue tit on car (1)

These intruders get everywhere if you let them.

Reinette on ferns

Continuing on the theme of garden animals, can you see the one in this picture?

Clue it is exactly in the middle of the photograph and is not easier to see in real life.

Reinette on hand (1)

Give up?  A frog in the hand is easier to spot.  There are a lot of these little tree frogs (Hyla meridionalis) around this year.



30 thoughts on “How not to plant daffodils

  1. Polygala myrtifolia looks an interesting plant Amelia and new to me, it looks a great addition to your plants for bees. Your violets and wild anemones are beautiful, I can see why you love them. I could only spot your frog after the clue, what brilliant camouflage!


  2. He is very well camoflaged on that Hart’s-tongue Fern leaf…
    he being the treefrog….
    we haven’t seen one here for a couple of years now…
    hope we haven’t lost them.
    And I love the confused Great Tit!


      1. I’d love some, but yours are Hyla meridionalis… ours are H. arborea….
        although both exist in your area.
        The first has the brown stripe only from the nose to the shoulder… H. arborea has the brown stripe all the way along the flank to the hind-leg, where it then juts upward.


        1. They are very difficult to see so I have never seen an H. arborea near us. I think the H. meridionalis have saturated the garden and those are the ones I see. I have never seen any outside the garden but of course I know they are there because I can here them in the evenings. Amelia


          1. It may be that where they overlap in their distribution, you will not get both varieties at the same site… so you have H.meridionalis… half-a-mile or so away, there may be a thriving colony of H.arborea…
            in slightly different “accomodation” so to speak!

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  3. That poor blue tit. He’s working so hard and the other guy just won’t go away! We had a similar experience with a superb fairy-wren attacking our car window on a camping trip. I finally got up and threw a towel on the windscreen. I just couldn’t stand him wasting any more time defending his territory 🙂


  4. You’ve got plenty to keep the bees happy then. Love your little frog – what a gorgeous colour! It has only just started warming up here, but the bees were out in full force today!


    1. Even in real life it takes a long time to point out to someone where they are sitting! Sounds like your strawberry plants are doing well. If you are happy with the variety you have I think that is the best thing to do. Amelia


  5. Enjoyed your picture of the pulmonaria, but just cannot figure out whose yellow and black tail tip is sticking out from it! Is a bee or a bee-like moth? I read every sentence and also each comment, so if I missed the answer in there I apologize!


    1. Actually it is its black head sticking out :). It is a bumble bee. I do not get more technical than that with Bombus lucorum and Bombus terrestris. They are difficult to distinguish often and as the buff-tailed bumble bee often has a white tail over here you can see where I am leading. Sometimes I am absolutely sure what it is and I might say, other times it has to be vague like bumble bee or solitary bee but you are correct, I’ve ignored the poor creature completely. Amelia


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