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Irish Daffodils

by CountryLife Gardening | Aug 30, 2016

Irish daffodilsIn CountryLife at the moment we have bulbs on the brain as we have just started to get deliveries of this year’s stock of spring flowering bulbs in store.  It may seem very early to be talking about spring bulbs but now is actually the perfect time to be thinking about them if you want to have a lovely vibrant display of colour next Spring.

Without fail the most popular spring flower has to be daffodils. Every gardener I know and every customer I ever speak to loves them. I think it comes down to the fact they are so vibrant at a time when the garden can look rather bleak after the winter months.  They are also a very reliable spring flower that require very little attention once they are planted and they tend to bloom successfully for years.

In CountryLife we stock a great range of Irish grown daffodil bulbs from West Cork Daffodils. I have grown them myself for a good few years now and I always find the quality of both the bulbs and the flowers  they produce are some of the best I have ever seen.

Customers seem to gravitate towards the bulbs because they are Irish grown. This is becoming more and more important for gardeners I find. Not only are they supporting an Irish company by buying the bulbs but they are getting better results from them too. Commonly a lot of spring bulbs come from the Netherlands and are not quite use to an Irish climate where as Irish grown bulbs are perfectly prepared for our winters and thus give much better results.

plant daffodil bulbs at twice their heightDaffodils are a much more diverse flower type than people assume and there is a wide range of varieties available. They are not all just pure yellow trumpet shaped flowers, you can get a lot of variation in terms of colour and even flower shape.

A particularly interesting daffodil from West Cork Daffodils is one called Apotheose. This variety is a double daffodil with a fantastic ruffled blossom. It will grow to around 40cm and will flower between March and April so is a good late flowering variety.

Now really is the best time to get your spring bulbs in the soil is still warm. By planting your bulbs into warm soil it means they have a chance to establish roots and settle before winter arrives. In the past I have planted bulbs when the soil was much cooler but I did notice that they did not perform as well in spring compared to those that are planted earlier and allowed to establish in the soil before winter. 

I find daffodils work extremly well when they are planted up in containers or pots . And by planting then in containers or pots it means you can move them around the garden once they are in flower to the exact spots you need the injection of colour. If you are planting them into flowerbeds I find they have the best impact when you plant them in large groups or sways. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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