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I'm going to be feeding my blind daffodils but am less confident of being able to dig them up. A few seem buried so deeply now, some of them well into the roots of Clematis, I'm afraid of killing the clems if I dig through their roots too violently!

Pippa any idea what this shaggy daffodil is? I posted a pic of it on Twitter this morning but no takers yet to help me identify it. I know there are plenty of wild variations and maybe it is nameless.

It's originally from Mull off the west coast of Scotland.

Sheila Averbuch -- Stopwatch Gardener


  • my garden has been so cold and water logged, I thought my daffodils wouldn't survive this year ,but there they are looking as lovely as ever, I have lost a lot of the plants in my garden though.sad but true.
  • Hi Pippa,

    Most of my daffs are blind this year - can you recommend an organic foliage feed please? To be honest, they are cheap DIY store 'One Year' bulbs that I never dug up 4 years ago (and they are pretty crowded as I've just chucked more 'one year' bulbs in over the past few years, except last year), so are they reasonably at the end of their lives and should be replaced, or is there life in the old buggers yet?

    Many thanks!
  • Do you know what is eating and destroying the flower heads on our Daffs.particularly the Tete Tete. I have not noticed Birds causing the damage. They are ruined and only in the rear garden.
    Thank you.
  • New to this gardening.....did I read somewhere that once the daffodils have flowered when they are on the decline to take off the head, so it won't seed and the goodness will then go into the leaves and bulb for the following year, and to remove the whole of the stalk too?
  • I was brought up with a legend about the daffodil is the king of the marsh- wearing the gold crown.

    It is great, just saw a landscaping blog from north usa were magnolias are in full bloom- they are bit a head.
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