Hurray, the garden is wide awake. Daffodils are dancing a welcome at the entrance (February Gold). In the front garden they adorn the grass under the apple trees beside the drive (Bambi, Lent lily, Tenby daffodil), stand strongly at the back of the bank (trumpet daffodils planted by previous owners), mingle with the pale blue pulmonaria (Bowles blue) in the spring bed (Tete-a-tete) and brighten the ground in front of Viburnum tinus (Rapture and Bridal Crown). Still to emerge are Hawara and Narcissus fernandesii (tiny jewels) in the drive bed as well as Sun Disc. Jetfire in the cottage bed was ravaged by slugs this year.
In the back garden, clumps of daffodils have spread throughout the central bed over the last 30 years (Tete-a-tete, Jenny and Jack Snipe). New plantings in the Yew tree bed include Rijnveld’s Early Sensation (out for some time) and, still to come, Lucifer and Segovia. Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Golden Bells’ is appearing in the pot of acid compost that holds my red-leaved Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Seiryu’.
Beds in the lower back garden hold groups of pale Thalia, stately Lanarth and Minnow as well as the dwarf narcissi, Bantam and Midget. Thin shoots of Narcissus cordubensis are visible beneath the multi-stemmed Betula utilis var. jacquemontii but I suspect it may not ‘do’. Cornish chuckles, Little Witch, Topolino and Peeping Tom have burst into flower in the small sloping ha-ha bank, where the grass has been weakened by two years of parasitisation by Yellow Rattle- excellent news. New lambs are bleating in the adjacent field- spring is definitely here.