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I planted Narcissus poeticus in quantity last December and was rewarded with a lovely show of daffodils when all the others were long gone. The perfume too was much stronger as the days were warmer. Tulips never seem to mind going in late - you just have to keep them dry or else mildew will strike.


  • So glad to hear that the experts don't always do it by the book! I planted my bulbs yesterday, having been preoccupied by lots of family goings on recently, and look forward to Spring. I'm with happymarion when it comes to narcissus poeticus - always my favourite.
  • I've still have afew bulbs left, mostly small ones. I will probably just stick them in pots.
  • I just picked up the purple parrot tulip Muriel as well as the orange Annie Schilder in a late-season sale...they arrived fast & I just need to find the time to get them down. The increasing info about late tulip planting prompted me to buy...and it's so nice to get a bargain.
  • I'm in the same boat, although I did manage to get my daffodils and narcissi planted a couple of weeks ago.

    Last year I planted a whole lot of bulbs in December and was delighted with the display. The daffodils flowered several weeks after the established bulbs, prolonging the display, and the tulips seemed not to have noticed that they were in so late.

    We've had wet and windy weather almost every day here (off the west coast of Scotland) for the last few weeks. On the first good day, I'll put the tulip bulbs in pots and plant them out next year.
  • Just back in action today, with my foot un-bandaged! At last! Three weeks with my foot up and unable to garden has really put me behind. So I'm planning for a gentle gardening weekend ahead, but still resting my foot.

    The bulbs are eager to go it, and I've just had some lachenalia delivered ready to plant in pots in the greenhouse, too.
  • Does anyone know of a daffodil which is cream/white on the outer petals and has a pale green trumpet part. My friend is adamant this exists and is trying to track it down.
  • Me too! I love spring flowers, but always forget to plant bulbs in time. Glad for the reminder, as it's still not too late to get them in.
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