Disappearing daffodils

Has anyone else noticed a problem this year with declining numbers of daffs appearing where they are naturalised or semi-naturalised in grass.  I have a meadow which suffered badly in the wet summer last year, which was then followed by a very damp winter, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's had a lasting impact on the daffs.  In some areas none have come up where there have always been some over the last seven years.  Or am I just being impatient?  Often the tips are visible by January, and the first ones are out by now!


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,284

    So far here, I think we are going to get a better show of naturalised daffs on roadsides/hedges/banks that we did last year. You may be right though, last year the daffs didn't do at all well, it might take them a couple of years to recover.

    All my spring bulbs are later this year than last

  • Yes - even some of my snowdrops have only just come out now, only to be flattened by ice and snow!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,022

    Most of my daffs are fine but where the ground was under water for weeks they haven't appeared at all. 

  • That's the same problem I have.  The ones in the garden which is well drained are fine but not a sign of them in the areas which were waterlogged for so long.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,022

    I'm not really surprised. I'm hoping the snakeshead fritillaries in the same area will appear soon. It's more their habitat. 


  • Good luck with the fritillaries - mine have started to show in most of the usual places. Some compensation!

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,902

    I regularly drive past a college/university which has loads of daffs in the grass at the front of the college/university in March/April, this year is no exception all the leaves are appearing...but....they are planted on a hill so presumably it's well drained.


  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    The ones in verges appear same around here amongst the grass ..they're always late , one end of road starts first ....eventually works way along . Currently up but tight buds .
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    The wild lent lily daffs which grow along the banks of the local streams and rivers here are all flowering well, and they've been underwater for a lot of the time. I wonder if garden varieties are less resilient?
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