Monday Magic – White Narcissus

I’ve never been a huge fan of daffodils. I know they’re an icon of spring, and that many people consider them a bright, gaudy naff-off to winter but I think they’re just that – bright and gaudy. However, in the spirit of planting some spring bulbs and attempting to bring much needed colour to the March/April garden, I popped a few white narcissus into the flowerbeds last autumn. And, I have to tell you, I may need to eat my own words because they’re quite beautiful!

When I say ‘I hate yellow daffs’, it’s not altogether true. Planted on mass and in huge groups, they can look pretty spectacular. For instance, my drive into London along the A406 is quite special in March because they’ve done a great job planting lots of daffodils there. The same is true of the route to London City Airport. And when you stumble across drifts of yellow daffs in rural roadside verges – well, that’s quite nice too. But, I’m just not a fan of great clumps of bright, in-your-face daffodils in the garden irrespective as to whether they’re in a pot, border or a lawn.

But, in an attempt to challenge my ideal and get some into my garden, I settled on some cheap white narcissus from good old Mr. Sainsbury’s. I think it was £2.50 for a box of 10 bulbs which I then split into two groups of three and a group of four.

Beautiful white narcissus are elegant in a spring garden.

Okay, so I’m converted…to white narcissus at least.

You can see from both the video and the picture that these white narcissus are beauties. They’re far more elegant and stylish, in my opinion, than those large, bright yellow blooms. Even the tiny flowers of tete-a-tete, though looking sweet individually, are a little too much for me in great clumps.

So, if you’re like me, then go for a nice white daffodil. It sure makes a statement and doesn’t hit you in the eye quite as much as it’s bright yellow sibling!

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