Plant of the Week


William Robinson once wrote that “Daffodils are to spring what Roses, Irises, and Lilies are to summer” and I couldn’t agree more. The warm weather of the last few weeks has transformed the garden and the¬†meadow is now brimming with the elegant pale trumpets of the native Lent Lily, Narcissus pseudonarcissus. I find this species to be one of the most elegant of the larger flowered daffodils and it is excellent for naturalising. Germinated seeds will develop into mature plants over the course of five to seven years and the populations will spread rapidly, competing well with other plants. The flowers have a delicate colouration, with a pale yellow flower surrounding a darker trumpet. They contrast well with the slightly grey-green foliage and¬†make less of a nuisance of themselves than other daffodils that have a tendency to collapse in a heap once flowering is over. We use it to great effect both in our meadows and in the wild garden and I challenge anyone to not feel an uplifting of the spirit at the sight of it.


2 thoughts on “Plant of the Week

  1. Hello- I am replying not about the N. pseudonarcissus (which is lovely) – but about the Peach House post. Extraordinary. I have convinced the Director of Horticulture at the Greenhouse where I work in Greenwich, CT to try this in our greenhouse. Advice…… You say it is the traditional method for training peaches in Victorian glasshouses. I tried googling any books on this – but no luck. Do you have any suggestions/recommendations. Do you start with whips – 1 year? Are there any varieties of peach you recommend? I love what you are doing at Gravetye – and really appreciate your posts. Many thanks- Kathy Kling

    1. Hi Kathy, peaches are trained as fans and the best advice for this is in the RHS Encyclopaedia. There are many Victorian books, we use Watson – The Garden Assistant. You can buy in ready fan trained plants but I like to start with a feathered maiden. The best variety to grow is still Perigren, although Alvin Pride is supposed to be better outside for peach leaf curl

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