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2017 Bulb Delivery Number 2

January 30, 2017

The following bulbs arrived this month (January 2017) from Tesselaar in Silvan Victoria. The Tazetta is to establish yellow Jonquils as a variation from the many whites that flower prolifically in my garden while the Golden Lion Golden Trumpet Daffodil is an attempt to find a repeat flowering yellow trumpet daffodil. Many King Alfred types don’t flower in subsequent years because our winters here are too mild. Tesselaars suggest this one is suitable for wamer climates.

This is another test to find repeat flowering bulbs for South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula and other areas with a similar climate.

Narcissus Tazetta  Soleil D’Or

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Narcissus Tazetta Soleil D’Or (PHOTO: Tesselaar.net.au)

Sunny yellow petals with cute orange cups. Similar to Golden Dawn but flowers earlier. Excellent for picking.

Also known as Jonquils or Jonquil type daffodils, Scented Daffodil flowers `cluster` together along the straight stems forming an impressive display. These blooms have a strong, sweet fragrance that carries beautifully throughout the garden.

Scented Daffodils are easy, they like the simple things in life; plenty of sun and a well drained soil. It is this sunny disposition that is appealing to gardeners worldwide. We choose the best varieties for our Australian conditions so you are guaranteed success.

It is a good idea to prepare your soil by digging through some well rotted manure (or blood and bone) a few weeks prior to planting. This will improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil, giving your Butterfly Daffodils a good start.

Plant daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your daffodils 10-20cm apart, the end range is if you are leaving the bulbs in the ground to naturalise – that way they have room to multiply and you will have longer before you have to lift and divide them.

Once the flowering has finished you can remove the flower stem (this will focus the growth on the bulb rather than seed production). Allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed. The daffodil bulb uses the foliage to gather energy and nutrients for next year’s blooms. Keep them relatively moist during this time, and add a little general purpose fertiliser. Daffodils like Potash and slow release fertiliser brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less leaves).

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Botantical name      Narcissus tazetta
Height                         30-70cm
Width                          10-15cm
Flowers                       Early season
Climate                       Cool to Sub-Tropical
Availability                Australia wide
Aspect                         Full Sun to Light Shade
Supplied as                Bulbs
Water needs              1

Golden Trumpets Golden Lion

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Narcissus Pseudonarcissus Golden Trumpets Golden Lion (PHOTO: Tesselaar.net.au).

Golden blooms in the traditional Daffodil trumpet style. This variety performs quite well in warmer climates where daffodils do not usually perform. The flowers open mid season.

Daffodils are easy, they like the simple things in life; plenty of sun and a well drained soil. It is this sunny disposition that is appealing to gardeners worldwide. We choose the best varieties for our Australian conditions so you are guaranteed success.

It is a good idea to prepare your soil by digging through some well rotted manure (or blood and bone) a few weeks prior to planting. This will improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil, giving your Butterfly Daffodils a good start.

Plant daffodil bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is high with the pointy end up. The depth will protect them from heat and soil erosion as well as providing strength for the stem. Space your daffodils 10-20cm apart, the end range is if you are leaving the bulbs in the ground to naturalise – that way they have room to multiply and you will have longer before you have to lift and divide them.

Once the flowering has finished you can remove the flower stem (this will focus the growth on the bulb rather than seed production). Allow the foliage to remain until it has yellowed. The daffodil bulb uses the foliage to gather energy and nutrients for next year’s blooms. Keep them relatively moist during this time, and add a little general purpose fertiliser. Daffodils like potash and slow release fertilizer brands which are low in nitrogen (this means more flowers and less leaves).

Plant as many as space permits!

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Botantical name Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Height 30-70cm
Width 10-15cm
Flowers Mid season
Climate Cool to Sub-Tropical
Availability Australia wide
Aspect Full Sun to Light Shade
Supplied as Bulbs
Water needs 1

Last Bulbs Planted 6-5-12

May 6, 2012

Today is a landmark day, I planted the last of the 2012 bulbs today. There were a hundred or so of Edwin’s Jonquils left to plant and they went into the new Paddock bed, mostly because the bulbs should do well in the summer dry bed in the paddock. All the bulbs were fed with blood and bone with added potash and mulched over the surface to suppress weeds.

I also added a tailgate to the small mower trailer so I could cart the cereal straw from the paddock to the beds near the house. The plan for the rest of the week will be to plant the rest of my cuttings from spring, take some autumn cuttings if time permits and weed and mulch the avocado garden.

The young growing chickens are putting on tremendous growth at this stage with some very fit young birds. It will soon be time to put the older hens in the pullet house  and move the cockerels to the kiosk.

The progress of my trommel design will be in a separate post.

 

Edwin’s Narcissus 5-5-12

May 5, 2012

This morning I planted the last of the second group of Edwin’s Narcissus bulbs. He is not sure what they actually are and although I noticed them from a distance last year I am also not certain of the variety. I am pretty certain they are not the basic jonquils which we also dug up in his a garden. I will have to update once these flower. Today’s batch were planted in the new paddock garden next to the roadside Yucca. They were simply roughly distributed in the bottom of a 100mm deep trench, covered with soil, sprinkled with blood and bone with added potash, covered again with cereal hay mulch to a depth of about 3cm and then off to work. I didn’t really worry if the bulbs were upright or sideways but none were upside down. I am interested to see if this makes any difference or not.

Bulb Orders 2012

February 7, 2012

Time is too short to keep up with all my reports and the gardening as well. I have just received in the mail my 2012 Spring Bulb order from Tesselaars. Just a list to begins with: Sparaxis ‘Mixed’ (Sparaxis Tricolor) 100 for $19.00; Anemone Devotion Mixed (Anemone Coronaria) 100 for $23.00; Cluster Daffodils Paperwhite (Narcissus x jonquila) 10 for $10.50; Ranunculus Country Blend (ranunculus x asiaticus) 100 for $25.00; Fantasia Freesias Mixed (Freesia x hybrida) 50 for $29.00; Grandma’s Freesia’s Alba (freesia refracta) 50 for $15.00; Cluster Daffodils Erlicheer ( Narcissus jonquila) 10 for $10.50.

Bulb order from Lambley has been confirmed but not delivered: Tulipa Whittallii 10 for $30.00; Tulipa Sylvestris 5 for $9.00; Ixia Dubia  5 for $10.00; Ixia Maculata 5 for $10; Ixia Viridiflora 3 for $9.00; Narcissus Spoirot 5 for $8.00; Narcissus Beryl 3 for $9.00; Scilla Peruviana 3 for $15.00; Crocus Kotschyanus 5 for $8.00; Crocus Sativus 5 for$8.00; Gladiolus Tristis 5 for $6.00; Gladiolus Communis Byzantinus 3 for $12.00; Gladiolus Cardinalis 3 for $10.00; Allium Sphaerocephalon 3 for $15.00; Arum Palaestinum 3 for $15.00; Brodiaea Elegans 5 for $9.00; Watsonia Wedding Bells 5 for $10.00; Watsonia Aletroides 5 for $10.00.


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