Spring colour24th April 2011 • In The Garden • Stephanie Donaldson
Wild violets are such good value – they self seed around and at this time of year pop up in containers and in the borders and generally add to the prettiness of things. And they are easy to move or remove if they are in the wrong place.
The narcissi in my garden are a right mixed bunch, some were here when I arrived, I’ve introduced some (especially Thalia which I order every year because their pure white flowers are divine) and some have been sent to me as new varieties by bulb companies. This probably explains why I have two clumps of pink-trumpeted daffodils, something I would never have knowingly introduced. Still, they look pretty in posies, so I just pick them all. Some of the loveliest varieties are the oldest and this spring I have been enjoying one of last autumn’s purchases – the pre 1898 ‘White Lady’ . It is a delicate delight that I can recommend and is available from www.qualitydaffodils.com