I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Narcissus Canaliculatus Bulbs
A very long name for a dear, little flower, Narcissus canaliculatus is a miniature polyanthus which makes it not only pretty tiny but also that there are three or four flowers per stem. Each flower is like a little fried quail's egg with its neat, golden yellow cup surrounded by a skirt of slightly reflexing white petals in its perianth. For such a tiny flower it can really pack a punch in the smell department with that amazingly sweet fragrance exclusive to the Narcissi family. The foliage is very erect and blue green so it does not flop everywhere making it a great addition to our range of some of the best narcissus bulbs you can find.
Go forth and multiply!
The thing about these flowers, apart from their obvious beauty and their smell, is that they naturalise really well so that if left alone they actually improve and spread and become more of a feature. Their size dictates that they live somewhere like a rockery where they look lovely surrounded by any low growing heathers. But they will do well in grass so long as you do not mow their foliage before it has properly died down and of course near to the edge of a border or along a path. They lend themselves to being placed in pots or windowboxes close to open windows or doors so that their scent can waft in to find you. For those who prefer a monotone miniature, try out Tete a Tete, an RHS AGM winning yellow variety.
- Colour: yellow/white
- Height: up to 15 cm
- Spread: yes will spread in clumps until you divide them
- Scent: very sweet
- Flowering Outside: March - April
- Bulb Size: top
- Planting Depth: 10/15 cm
- Planting Months: Sept-Nov
- Foliage: Blue/green
- Group: Species/Rockery
Did you know
It belongs to a group of daffodils that were known as the Poet's flowers because of the contrast in the size and colour of their perianths with their cup. The most famous of these is Narcissus actaea.