1 This area, which had been an unused bocce court, was the perfect spot for planting masses of colorful, spring-blooming daffodils.
2 I applied lines of demarcation using granular lime, following a planting map - Each section of the map would accommodate 50 to 100 bulbs of 19 different varieties.
3 Compost, made at the farm, was used to cover the area, leveling it with the surrounding gardens.
4 Two blooming seasons later! On Sunday, late in the afternoon, the setting sun shone beautifully on the new Tenant House daffodil border. I couldn't resist taking a few photos on my way to the Oriental Foot Reflexology. This is a view from the west.
5 We took spectacular photos of the planting of this border. They were published in Martha Stewart Living last fall and I must say whatever we did, we did it right! The daffodils did their thing!
6 This petite variety is prolific and each bulb produces three or four flower stems.
7 Peeping Tom is a delicate and graceful yellow variety that has extra long trumpets and a wing-like petiole.
8 Jack Snipe has a white petiole surrounding a shorter trumpet.
9 I love the bright orange trumpet of Fortissimo. It has ruffled edges and a fatter petiole.
10 Pheasant's Eye is a charming old variety which I have grown before.
11 Primeur is the closest to King Alfred that we planted.
12 This is Minnow - Notice the multiple blooms on multiple stems.
13 Flower Record is another prolific bloomer - remember these were planted only a year-and-a-half ago.
14 The bright sun was shining right through the petals of Fortissimo!
15 I think this daffodil may be my favorite.
16 You can see how lush the border is from this low angle.
17 Another view
18 Mount Hood is another all white variety with a bright yellow center.
19 The leaves and the flowers are robust and bright. The flowers came up just at the right time and no frost browned the leaves, as often happens.
20 Salome has an almost peachy pink trumpet.
21 Peeping Tom is bright yellow multiple bloomer with an extra long trumpet.
22 You can see that this selection is really very good. The Van Engelen supplier helped choose the varieties that would bloom in overlapping succession. There are still some to bloom, and very few have faded and only one variety did not bloom well at all.
23 This variety is called Thalia, one of the few daffodils that opens pure white.
24 This is not a robust variety, but it is so pretty.
25 This white daffodil has an almost double appearance because the trumpet is heavily ruffled.
26 What a profusion!
27 Standing at the other end of the border looking west towards the sun
28 I love how the shade and light dapple the border.
29 To the north are other borders loaded with muscari, ferns, and frittilaria. A bit later on in the season, the orange lilies emerge.
30 Here are some of the many ferns just unfurling, and also a lot of weeds!
31 Here is a straight-on view from the driveway to the south. I would say that planting in the old bocce court, was a complete success!