- The deer don't eat them.
- They come back year after year.
- They grow where I can get nothing else to grow.
- Even a lady with brown thumb (me) can make them grow.
- They love a wooded site.
I try to buy a bag of bulbs every fall and add them to the collection.
Today, the hillside below our house is a sea of yellow, with a little white mixed in.
I have planted bulbs in all kinds of nooks and crannies.
They even come up in places I haven't planted them!
Naturalizing daffodils is the process of planting them willy nilly, not in a planned and orderly fashion.
I like mine in the woods but it can also be done in a grass lawn. Here are some naturalizing steps:
- Choose an area to plant Scatter a couple dozen bulbs, allowing them to fall haphazardly to create random look. Separate those that fall too close together so they have space to multiply.
- With a sharp spade at an angle (slice into the earth.
- Loosen the soil with your spade, and work a small handful of boneameal or balanced granular fertilizer or bulb-booster into the soil al few inches below where the base of the bulbs will rest when they’re planted. Bulbs are planted at a depth of two or three times their height – usually 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) for daffodils.
- Plant the bulbs, pointed end up. Replace the earth, tamp it in place and water well. Repeat the process with the remaining bulbs.
- After they bloom in the spring: Remove the flowers as they fade, but allow the leaves to yellow before mowing. The foliage feeds next year’s bloom.
Happy Spring everyone!
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