This year, we welcome 5 kinds of specialty narcissus to the perennial beds. Narcissus are a sure way to bring dependable spring flowers to your garden. They are generally disliked by deer and even commercial flower growers treat them as true perennials. (Tulips, on the other hand, are liked by deer and are generally treated as annuals - pulled up entirely each season and replanted with new bulbs the next). For a clearer explanation of our tulip growing process stay tuned for the next post.
Narcissus are hardy and perform well even in our cold climate. When planted in mass, they carpet their beds and multiply quickly. I am looking forward to our first true Adirondack / Lake Placid spring wedding with over-the-top narcissus arrangements.
They are a good investment to make early when setting up a flower farm - as are peonies, woody shrubs, and other "returning" bulbs like allium and hyacinth. For a nice list of "smart" first year flower and plant investments and when to order and plant them, be sure to sign up for the newsletter at the link above. The list will be included in next month's issue.
Here are the varieties that will get us started on our farm in Jay. Thanks for reading. Hope you are also enjoying a couple of slower months to plan for 2018's sunny days.