A Host of Golden Daffodils

15 Mar

Not quite up to Wordsworth standards but Luing isn’t the Lake District and considering how few daffodils there are on this island then I reckon we have more than our fair share of these early flowers around our home at Bardrishaig —

We had myriad snowdrops in February but they didn’t last particularly long —

The daffodils are later and appear to be sticking around longer —

I’m no expert but there appear to be different types of blooms —

Someone has obviously taken time to plant a few bulbs around the house over the years —

The fruit trees currently masquerading as Daleks to protect them from marauding deer have wintered well. Fresh shoots are showing and I reckon I have picked up enough seed potatoes to fill the bottom third of the vegetable patch —

The lower reaches will be the best place for spuds as they will have to suck up a lot of water if they are to provide a respectable crop and the light slate soil higher up the slope will be prone to drying out quick – particularly later in the summer and I do have six varieties of seed potatoes which should give 1st early – 2nd early and maincrop —

My oldfashioned ways come to the fore where tatties are concerned and I couldn’t resist these names when I came across them at Cakebread’s Garden Centre in Oban. There are Marris Bard – Marris Peer – King Edward – Duke of York – Kerr’s Pink and my favourite – Golden Wonder. Not all are the heaviest of croppers compared with some nowadays but I do remember the names from helping my father in the garden as a boy —

At the moment they are chitting away (growing shoots) out in the shed but providing we get some decent weather I would hope to have them all planted out by the end of March. My birthday falls on the Solstice (21st) and the ground should start to warm up after that – it’s too cold and wet to plant anything at the moment and there’s always the chance of a late frost well into April. Maybe I should invest in a polytunnel 🙂


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