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Postby scullion » January 4th, 2015, 6:58 pm

on the way back from falmouth, a couple of hours ago, there was a field of daffodils in mid pick - quite an early crop.
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Re: daffodils

Postby Busybee » January 4th, 2015, 7:05 pm

I bought a couple of bunches for my mum last week, allegedly from Cornwall. They were tight in bud but came out two days later, they looked lovely and raised her spirits, spring really is around the corner.

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Re: daffodils

Postby Ratatouille » January 4th, 2015, 7:20 pm

I have a horror of spring flowers before Christmas but in the market yesterday my flower man handed me a huge bunch of Mimosa which is now decorating the verandah - i love the smell
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Re: daffodils

Postby Grasshopper » January 4th, 2015, 7:34 pm

Our garden is full of daffs! - well, it will be when they start popping up!

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Re: daffodils

Postby Zosherooney » January 4th, 2015, 9:05 pm

At the begining of December we de geraniumed our middle bed to reveal daffs that were in bud. They are now about 7 inches high and about to burst, far earlier than ever before, and they are not 'earlies'. The snowdrops are way behind them....
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Re: daffodils

Postby aero280 » January 4th, 2015, 11:57 pm

There's a tradition in West Cornwall to keep the daffodil bulb in a very low temperature environment before planting. My father used to buy them from a guy in Penzance. When planted in Plymouth they were always blooming for Christmas.

We brought some back to Hertfordshire and they didn't bloom until the end of Jan here in Foggy Bottom.
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Re: daffodils

Postby uschi » January 5th, 2015, 9:39 am

If you buy the cut ones, don't turn up your noses at the really, really "backwards" ones that look as if they will never flower. They will, only a day or two later, and I love picking up a few bunches in spring. They look so great on the kitchen windowsill! I am always hoping they will coax spring!
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Re: daffodils

Postby ShotleyGirl » January 5th, 2015, 9:52 am

I saw cut daffies in M&S just before New Years :o I have ours planted in a trough in the back garden, unfortunately, those I planted in the ground succumbed to waterlogging :( But I did notice yesterday that the ones in the trough are poking their heads through the soil :luv:
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » January 5th, 2015, 10:17 am

I have previously bought daffs to brighten the room after the Xmas decs come down, but they haven't always been available this early

I'll look out for some at the weekend
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Re: daffodils

Postby ShotleyGirl » January 5th, 2015, 10:18 am

Try M&S Sue, although did notice that they had loads of leaves.... so check your bunch before purchasing!
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » January 5th, 2015, 10:49 am

ShotleyGirl wrote:Try M&S Sue, although did notice that they had loads of leaves.... so check your bunch before purchasing!


My local Morrison's is usually pretty good for flowers - M&S is a bit of a trek from here
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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » December 22nd, 2015, 2:37 pm

scullion wrote:on the way back from falmouth, a couple of hours ago, there was a field of daffodils in mid pick - quite an early crop.


the same field of daffodils is in flower now and looks as if it's already half picked
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Re: daffodils

Postby Pepper Pig » December 22nd, 2015, 3:00 pm

M&S had loads of bunches at the tills this morning!
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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » December 22nd, 2015, 3:22 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:M&S had loads of bunches at the tills this morning!

not quite the same!

they will be from the scillies (if they're not from abroad), they are often picking around now.
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Re: daffodils

Postby earthmaiden » December 22nd, 2015, 3:30 pm

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Re: daffodils

Postby beldubby » December 22nd, 2015, 3:55 pm

We've had them out down the road from us in Truro for over a week now.
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Postby Busybee » December 22nd, 2015, 4:09 pm

My mum has got one solitary daffodil in flower in her garden in North Yorkshire, and another half dozen in bud which I'm sure will flower before Christmas.

This particular flower/ patch is always early but has never bloomed pre Christmas before.

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Re: daffodils

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 22nd, 2015, 4:21 pm

I found a couple of the little Iris Reticulata out this morning ... :tu:
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » December 22nd, 2015, 4:32 pm

I went and checked my containers - lots of leaves but no flowers so far

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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » December 22nd, 2015, 4:43 pm

beldubby wrote:We've had them out down the road from us in Truro for over a week now.


i rarely go into the big bad city!
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Re: daffodils

Postby Hope » December 22nd, 2015, 4:45 pm

It's because it's so mild. I saw some daffs a few weeks ago. Mine aren't anywhere near flowering, though.

I've had forget-me-nots, anemones, violets, and various blossoming trees and shrubs flowering in my garden since about october. All should be flowering in the spring.
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Re: daffodils

Postby Zosherooney » December 22nd, 2015, 10:12 pm

My lovely neighbour has pots of daffies out in flower that are in a border well away from her bungalow, mine (in the ground) are in full bud, about to burst. Never been this far forward at this time of year before. Even the birds are pairing up and squabbling and singing their hearts out in the mornings.
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Re: daffodils

Postby spotteddick » December 24th, 2015, 8:19 am

All my bulbs that I planted in October are now well well advanced, I had a look in the gardening locker and found a load wrapped in paper, mostly tulips, but some Hyacinths (I believe they had been in a presentation bowl last Christmas, they are all showing signs of life, I think they shall be the first addition to the raised bed. I hadn't noticed if my daffs are showing their heads, but they live under the conifers and never get up early,so we are expecting them in Jan/Feb :D
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » December 24th, 2015, 12:38 pm

Rosemary is now in flower
Only one spray fully out but the buds won't be long
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Re: daffodils

Postby suffolk » December 24th, 2015, 12:40 pm

Not only are my Christmas rose hellebores, but the spring ones are also blooming along with native primroses, and I still have clematis and roses in bloom.
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » December 24th, 2015, 12:51 pm

I've always found the Lenten hellebores had a tendency to be precocious but never seen them this early
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Re: daffodils

Postby spotteddick » December 24th, 2015, 5:29 pm

My passion flowers are still showing and growing :shock: well they were when I left.
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Re: daffodils

Postby Pepper Pig » December 24th, 2015, 5:37 pm

I have a greenhouse ful of flowering geraniums. I can't remember that before.
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Re: daffodils

Postby Zosherooney » December 28th, 2015, 10:20 am

Same here PP, Yesterday I noticed that my rhubarb is up above ground by about 2+ inches :scared: :scared:

Daffies heads are now bent at an angle ready to open, might even be tomorrow !!!

Flowering raspberry is all in flower, camellia buds are well swelled too.
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » December 28th, 2015, 10:35 am

Went for walk Boxing day

Saw a camellia in full flower and an iceberg rose that was in full bloom but no leaves

Couldn't find any wild flower in bloom but I noticed patches of rambles that still had all their leaves, bright green, hadn't even turned to autumn shades
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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » December 28th, 2015, 12:27 pm

it's not unusual to see camellias in flower down here at this time of year - maybe a week or so early. i haven't been to look at mine in the past few days.
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Re: daffodils

Postby Seatallan » December 28th, 2015, 12:42 pm

Bet we're all under three feet of snow come Easter :rolleyes:
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Re: daffodils

Postby uschi » December 28th, 2015, 12:52 pm

I still have brachycome and lobelia in full flower, my daffs and muscari are about to push flower stalks, I'd have five roses in bloom had I not cut them early in December when they forecast frost (never dipped below 3°C). I left one on a smaller rose, though, and that will flower soon. And one of the roses I cut back has just belted out a new bud. I think I may have January roses.

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Re: daffodils

Postby Zosherooney » December 28th, 2015, 11:26 pm

Apart from the flooding in the UK roll on global warming. We have had our central heating on 4 times this winter, apart from that just an open fire in the lounge in the evenings.

So glad we seriously insulated out house a few years ago.
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » December 31st, 2015, 9:02 am

Just wanted to say that I found two clumps of ordinary daffodils in full bloom in the park over the road on Tuesday.

Surprising as I've struggled to get them in bloom for St David's day locally
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Postby StokeySue » January 4th, 2016, 5:25 pm

Today I found a clump of primroses in full spate, they look like natives, not the winter flowering cultivated varieties
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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » January 4th, 2016, 6:19 pm

i saw a primrose out in our garden yesterday and i noticed, today, that the daffodils my partner planted to flower on valentines day last year (but flowered later) are in the fat bud stage and beginning to turn.
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Re: daffodils

Postby suffolk » January 5th, 2016, 9:08 am

We've had native primroses out in the garden since November - no sign of daffs here yet, but MIL has had narcissus out in her south Lincs garden since we last visited her in November.
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Re: daffodils

Postby hickybank » January 5th, 2016, 9:41 am

When my neighbour died last year his widow gave everyone at the funeral a bag of Tete -a -Tete daffodils to remember him by.
They are in a container & just coming through, I thought what a lovely idea this was
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Postby suffolk » January 5th, 2016, 1:28 pm

How lovely :D
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Postby StokeySue » January 5th, 2016, 2:17 pm

When my friend died a couple of years ago (February), his coffin was surrounded by potted primroses, and we were all given a pot to take home
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Re: daffodils

Postby earthmaiden » January 5th, 2016, 4:01 pm

Driving home this afternoon I noticed a host of daffodils growing on a local grassy roundabout - they were all in flower!

What a lovely remembrance idea hicky and Sue.
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Re: daffodils

Postby scullion » February 12th, 2018, 10:06 am

the daffodils are coming out in full force. one, early type in our garden started into flower well over a month ago but i passed a field of open ones yesterday. a yellow field of nodding joy.
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Postby StokeySue » February 12th, 2018, 10:13 am

I have noticed that the daffs on Uncle George's grave over the road are nearly ready, the buds very swollen, but the ones in my tubs will be a while yet
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Re: daffodils

Postby Busybee » February 12th, 2018, 10:26 am

Ours look weeks off.........but Mum has one lone flower, it is always the first to bloom.

We have some snowdrops out but the daffs and tulips are only about three inches of green shoots peeking through. It has been very cold up here this year, but the days are beginning to be appreciably longer - last night it was light till about half five so I hope that spring gets on with springing!

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Re: daffodils

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 12th, 2018, 11:24 am

There are some long and thin crocuses by our wheelie bins! There is a large green area opposite our post office which I seem to recall had a host of daffs last year so I will keep an eye on those popping up. This is definitely the time of year to go exploring with my new bus pass and camera! :tu:
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Re: daffodils

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 11:43 am

Snowdrops Feb 8.2.18.jpg


Sorry about the quality of the photo ... my phone camera can't cope with the low sunlight ... but these are some of our snowdrops and hellebores .......... no daffodils just yet, but there will be .......
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Re: daffodils

Postby earthmaiden » February 12th, 2018, 1:34 pm

They look lovely Suffs. I like the larger varieties of snowdrops. There were so many varieties at Painswick Rococco Garden the other day and lots of hellebores too. I like daffs best of all though and associate them with March and Easter, though they seem to get earlier every year these days both in the garden and for sale. Mine are coming up nicely in the garden, I like to buy bunches - I have seen quite a few around so may buy some this week.
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Re: daffodils

Postby suffolk » February 12th, 2018, 1:51 pm

EM :D The snowdrops in the foreground are Galanthus 'Mighty Atom' ... they were a very generous gift from a gardening friend ... they were developed in the 1950s in a garden in Suffolk not far from where I lived and also not far from wherethe Sizewell nuclear power station was being built and are considered to be one of the finest snowdrops ........... it's pollen is fertile and it is very promiscuous so there's every chance that it'll hybridise with some of the other varieties I have and we'll get some slightly unusual babies :D

There are some other really gorgeous varieties here ... Broadleigh are a really good supplier
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Re: daffodils

Postby StokeySue » February 12th, 2018, 3:05 pm

The yellow dwarf crocuses on the common have been out about a week, but none of the others are shiwing
Saw one clump of daffs in full bloom on the River Lea towpath earlier
Haven't located any snowdrops so far
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