Growing Daffodils Techniques

With their glorious array of sunshine yellows, warm golds and creamy whites, daffodils will be sure to brighten your home with some spring sunshine.

Garden daffodils and narcissi are firm favourites for indoor flower displays. They make long-lasting cut flowers and, if you don’t have any in the garden, you can buy an armful for next to nothing.

As they are freely available, you can afford to experiment. Mix several different types of daffodils and narcissi or combine them with other spring flowers, The strong outlines of such as irises, grape hyacinths and tulips, and some sprigs of fresh greenery.

Or, for simplicity, arrange them by themselves, grouped in a vase, jug or small bowl. For a novel display, mount the flowers on a foam ring and add some colourful ribbon to make a cheerful spring garland.

DAFFODIL GARLAND

This spring garland is extremely easy to make and looks colourful mounted on a wall or hung on a door. The base is a ring of florists’ foam, which can be bought at most florist’s shops. For a stan-dard size garland, you will need about 35-40 daffodils.

Don’t hang the garland on a wallpapered surface in case the dampness stains the paper.

First impressions

Transform the entrance to your home into a feast for the senses with a collection of sweetly scented and colourful plants.

Whatever the size of your front garden, plants can create an attractive first impression for visitors and passers-by, and reflect your individual sense of style. As the gateway to and from the outside world, the area around the front door has particular impact and plants displayed there, whether in pots or in the open ground, can make all the difference between a plain facade and an inviting home, especially in a row of similar houses.

Grow sweetly scented climbers such as roses to fill the air with fragrance, and use lavender or scented geraniums to release scent when brushed against.

Plant spring bulbs or summer annuals for seasonal colour, with a permanent evergreen such as a potted bay or wall-trained firethorn for year-round foliage. Hanging baskets add summer interest and window boxes can be planted to look attractive all year round from both indoors and out.

Making an entrance

To ensure a good first impression, give your front door a fresh coat of paint and choose plants to com-plement your chosen colour – a really bright paint could liven up a shady door, and add a dash of colour to a mainly green planting scheme.

To frame the front door, you can either train a climber on a supporting framework, or grow a wall shrub such as Japanese quince (Chaenomeles japonica) or ceanothus around the door. For extra colour, introduce seasonal planting – spring bulbs followed by summer annuals – in pots by the door.

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