Daffodils “Yellow trumpet”

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Time posted: September 29, 2006

Another end-of-the-season bargain. If you’ve read much of this blog, you know I like big multiples. One Wal-mart sold me a bag of 50 bulbs for 4 bucks. I decided at that point I needed ten bags. I wasn’t thinking about the need to dig 500 six-inch-deep holes.

So it quickly developed into a serious project. It took me a few days to correctly perforate the clay soil I had to work with. Why didn’t I just dig it all up? I didn’t think it through properly. I had just installed some new Hostas (in itself a hasty decision–the foliage looked awful on the one I was replacing, but the roots turned out to be huge, healthy, and robust). The better plan would have been to dig ot the whole bed to six inches, then fill with dirt that was amended heavily with compost. Maybe next time.

I destroyed several cheap bulb planters doing the first 350 holes. I finally found one that was heavy gauge metal with a welded handle that would hold up to the punishment of punching 3 inch diameter holes six inches deep in clay. I had to clear each slug from the planter barrel. This turned out to be an incredibly laborious planting.

holes for planting bulbs
perforated clay

On the bright side, using the planter allowed me to make a regular pattern. (I’d still do it differently though.)

Well, the madman of late October became the genius of early April. It all paid off handsomely. The 60-foot stretch of my front porch was three rows deep with huge yellow daffodils around Easter. I used up the remaining 100 planting in front of my sidewalk that leads to the porch, a single row running some 35 more feet.

60 feet of daffodils
a pretty nice display

very showy

There’s a little break in front of the front door to allow you to step into the yard without hoppig over the flowers. There’s a solid 4 inches of hardwood mulch on the bed, to help the little daffodils sleep soundly all winter long. I didn’t install the cliche “shh daffodils sleeping” sign though.

The Hostas are spaced 4 feet apart, so at maturity they will follow the daffodils with a showy foliage dsplay that should fill the 60 feet of linear space pretty completely. But that will take a couple years. My fault for removing the 2-year-old Hostas that were in there. What was I thinking? I just didn’t know they were so good till I removed them. Several removed Hostas have found new spots in my neighbors’ lawns where they are thriving, ready to divide next year. I kept a few too, but there were a dozen takeouts!

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