When an idea comes together

The soil in one part of my south-facing front garden is heavy clay. Although most sources state that hemerocallis need a “moist but well-drained soil”, several different varieties having been growing here quite happily for more than ten years. In an attrmpt to extend the seaon of interest, I added some narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’ a couple of years ago

Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' - 2018 - Copy

These flower in late February or early March, carrying two flowers on each stem. While the effect was good, I felt I needed to add a bit of variety to all the yellow flying around. After much research, looking at photos online and vendor’s websites, I found narcissus ‘Toto’

Narcissus 'Toto' - 2019 - Copy

This variety is marginally taller than ‘Tete-a-tete’ and starts flowering a few days later, but has the same trait of often carrying more than one bloom per stem. This year was the first opportunity to see if the combination works

Octagon north - 9th March - Copy

Yes, I like the effect. Maybe one or two more clumps of ‘Toto’ are required, but for now I’m a happy gardener.

 

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