Today I bought some dwarf Narcissi for the balcony that will be planted out in late September or early October. I bought 3 packs of 12 bulbs for the moment but in future weeks I will probably get some more. I will put them in the 3 small troughs I have on the balcony railings.
My dwarf narcissi are bloomimg now, and bring so much pleasure. I think I enjoy them even more than the large ones.
Which varieties did you buy?
Please excuse me for not having replied, Jap, I hadn’t realised you had! But to answer your question, if you look closely at the photo of the packet of bulbs you will see they are mixed bulbs & not named ones. I’ve now got 3 packs & I will probably plant them in the 3 troughs on the middle bar of the balcony railings.
Just this afternoon I bought another packet of mixed Narcissus bulbs from another retailer. That makes 4 packets of these in which there are 20 bulbs. In the packet above there are only 12 bulbs. I also have a packet of 75 Crocus corms. I now need to think about planting them all in the coming weeks as they need some time to root well before the real winter cold starts at the turn of the New Year.
Yes, Amarylis, I did go back and enlarge the label on your packets – I was a little hasty in sending my question.
My little ones are blooming now, much to my delight! (I do wish I could put photos on here, but have yet to learn how.)
Spring has finally arrived this week, we think, after a few false starts. Fruit trees are flowering, tulips, muscari, primroses etc are all looking lovely.
I expect autumn is approaching for you. Hope the winter is not too severe.
Can’t wait to see those beauties in bloom :) Are they fragrant as well?
JAP, for forum threads – you can use the little button “Choose file” beneath the box you are typing your reply into. For your Myfolia profile I suggest creating a free Flickr account here: https://www.flickr.com/
…and connecting it to your profile here: https://myfolia.com/account/settings/photos
After that you upload photos to your Flickr page and they should be visible in Myfolia when clicking on the photo icon in editing plants.
If you need any help, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message :) I would love to see your plants :)
Philo, you beat me to it – a day early!
It seems rather odd that these little bulbs should be flowering now, in September – but then as you say the spring is just beginning for you whereas autumn is just beginning for us!
While your fruit trees are only just starting to flower we are harvesting ours! As for the weather, it’s the usual topsy-turvy mix as it always is with the weather in the UK! We had a few very nice days with quite a fair amount of sunshine but today we are under a mass of low clouds that hide the sky all day long. No rain though. It’s also quite warm for the end of September & will continue that way for a few more days it seems – as will the clouds!
In a week or two I shall be planting my Narcissus bulbs in the troughs on the balcony. Some of the flowers may be scented but for that answer you will have to wait another 6 months!
Since I last posted on here I’ve bought several more packs of bulbs – mainly dwarf Narcissi. I also bought a 2nd pack of 75 Crocus corms. Now I want to get some Tulips & then to start planting.
I’ve just started the annual autumn make-over of our balcony. I’ve just put up the mini-greenhouse on the balcony table & prepared it for the winter that’s coming our way! I cleared out the 3 troughs on the balcony railings – 2 had little white C-shaped grubs that had been eating away the roots of my Busy Lizzies (Impatiens). The trough that was unaffected had an enormous mass of fine fibrous roots from the 4 Busy Lizzies & the Lobelias. The other two had very few roots at all!
Unfortunately, two of the three troughs I’ve had to throw away as they were too broken to be of any use anymore. So I now have a “slight problem” – where do I plant all the bulbs I’ve bought & that were intended for these troughs??? It’s too late to buy new ones in the shops in town – they’ve sold out! I don’t have the means of going to a garden centre nor the money they would be asking for!
I ended up putting most of the bulbs in the pots on the balcony railings. I have 1 packet of 20 Narcissus I haven’t planted yet as well as the 2 packs of Crocuses! I also “found” 100s of Crocuses from last year when I emptied out the three white troughs on the balcony floor! I’d forgotten all about them! I don’t think many of them are of flowering size so I haven’t replanted them yet. I’ve just put them in a plastic bag until I decide what to do with them.
I want to get some Pansies first before I put in the corms as they need to be planted shallower than the Daffs. I can plant the Pansies over the top of the Daffs but not on top of the Crocuses.
Can you obtain some polystyrene boxes ( the type they use for fruit and veges) from the supermarket or greengrocer? They are free and easy to use if you fill the base with the lids broken up. That way you don’t need as much soil.
I have used them very successfully for raising cuttings and growing the overflow of tomatoes and pcapsicums.
I eventually did as I said I was going to do & put the mini-Daffs in the pots but as I ended up with fewer pots than expected I planted the bulbs in the pots in two layers. Only when it came to planting out the Pansies in the potsI realized I would have to remove the top layer of bulbs from all the pots as they didn’t have enough compost over them & needed to be planted deeper. So I removed the top layer & put the bulbs in the troughs below.
To top it all I had to throw away two of the smaller troughs that used to sit on the middle bar of the railings as they had become to broken to be able to use another year. That reduced the space even more for all the bulbs I’d bought as I’d been counting on several more pots & the 2 small troughs.
Today I planted Pansies & Crocuses over the top of the, mostly, mini-Daffs in the 3 long, white troughs on the balcony floor.
The photo is just of one pot as it made no sense repeating almost identical photos for each of the 9 or 10 pots I have planted up identically on the balcony railings.
Isn’t it funny how so many of us ‘overbuy’ bulbs?!
However I am sure you will be happy, Amarylis, when they are in bloom.
I am about to lift my bulbs and to get the pots ready for our summer plantings – lots of double and single petunias as they withstand our heat so well. Will try a few salvias as well, as I have so many cuttings which need to go somewhere.
We’ve had quite a cool end to spring, but I suspect the heat will start soon, so tomatoes go in tomorrow. I have a problem, as my first efforts at sowing tomato seeds resulted in 100% success, so now have 40 little plants to deal with. Live and learn!
Expect you are well into autumn now, so the work eases off for you.
I can never have enough bulbs! The greatest problem is not being able to leave them “in situ” as I need to lift them to put in the summer bedding at the end of May & the winter/spring flowering bulbs need to come out. It’s not easy to store them for 5 months till they can be planted out again at the end of October.
In a way it’s easier to store summer flowering bulbs during the winter than spring flowering bulbs during the summer – even though it never, ever gets to be nearly as hot in the UK as it does for you.
My Daffs & Crocuses are now coming alive! During this last week or so the Crocuses have actually started to open some of their flowers! I’d had one Crocus flower in bud for more than a week before the weather warmed up sufficiently for it to open! Just this week many Crocus flowers have opened in the pots on the balcony railings as well as in the troughs on the balcony floor. As I don’t have any Crocuses growing in the small trough on the middle bar of the railings I obviously forgot to put any in it!
The Pansies I put in on top of the bulbs are now beginning to flower as well. There have been a few flowers on them all winter but now they are “waking up” as well.
The Daffs have buds but there are no actual flowers open at present. They will probably be delayed somewhat further as for the next week or 10 days we are expecting some of the coldest weather we have had so far this winter – & we thought spring was just around the corner!!!
Here is just one of the 10 pots I planted up & put on the balcony railings back in October 2017. The Pansies in each pot are different but the Crocuses & mini-Daffs that I put underneath them are more or less the same for each pot.
The troughs that sit on the balcony floor beneath them are also planted up similarly. But there are a few Hyacinths & Tulips amongst them as well, leftovers from last year’s planting that survived the summer & were planted up as well in October last year. There are many Crocuses amongst them as well & some have already started to flower.
How did your Narcissi get on, Jap? What about your tomato plants? Can you add a few photos for us to see? For you the summer is coming to an end but for us the spring is about to start. What has the growing season been like for you?
My mini-Daffs are on the point of flowering now. The extremely cold weather we had during the first week of March this year has put them behind by at least a week – 10 days. Most of the bulbs have produced buds & it’s now a waiting game for a little warmer weather before they open.
As I don’t seem to have taken any recent photos of the mini-Daffs I will put this one of some Pansies & some Crocuses that are doing well in a pot on the balcony railings. You might just be able to see the rests of the melting snow in the pot!