I’m supposed to be doing that promised final post on meadows. But I want to shoot off on a short tangent just cos its current, and if I don’t do it now the moment will have passed.
The miniature daffodil Narcissus ‘Tete a tete’ is in flower in my lawn right now, and has been for…maybe two weeks. This is its second season in an experimental planting. The grass is pretty robust, and I wanted to see if it would cope.
I wasn’t interested in a full size daff. With the grass as short as it is this time of year, I’d need huge blocks of a large daff to not float self-consciously above the surrounds, and I couldn’t afford that many. This sits just above grass level. So far so good.
It’s curious just how much this miniature varies in height. Elsewhere in the garden its both much taller and much shorter. There’s probably either a difference in soil conditions, or in light conditions, or both.
The plants in the grass average about 250mm in height. The plants in poorish soil that get full sun nearly all day are 150-200mm in height (below left). And the plants that are shaded by the house from about 2pm for the rest of the day are between 250-550mm (middle).
Dang. Those images don’t show the difference as well as I’d hoped.
I wish we could get more of these miniatures at a decent price in Australia. The forms available vary a bit, but currently it’s pretty much down to ‘Tete a tete’, and an orange trumpet form named ‘Jetfire’ (right). I’m never that enthusiastic about the idea of the orange, but when it comes out at the end of a colourless winter, I’m always pleased to see it.
We used to be able to get a fabulous creamy form named ‘Jenny’, but it’s at least a decade since I’ve seen it at a price that would allow you to plant it en masse.