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
Lenten Lily Wild Daffodils
Narcissus Pseudonarcissus Lobularis
The wild daffodil or Lent Lily is the ancestor of most of the great and glorious daffodils and narcissi that we see in spring. It brings colour to swathes of woodland and grassland throughout England in the spring. This diminutive daffodil has delicate, paler outer petals that recurve very slightly while its trumpet is slimmer than most daffodils and slightly darker. The overall effect of a clump of these daffs is much more subtle and pretty than some of the more strident varieties.
If you would like to compare, have a look at the rest of our range of daffodils and narcissi.
Like most bulbs, Narcissus pseudonarcissus do not like sitting in really boggy conditions but will thrive in most soils with a bit of drainage and require virtually no maintenance; the normal caveat aside that you must not mow until their leaves have browned and died. . Please note the bulbs of this variety are much smaller than one might expect, and they may not all flower in their first spring. Both are normal.
What to do with a wild daffodil
The Narcissus pseudonarcissus naturalises better than any other daffodil so, in the spirit of playing to one's strength, plant these elegant, subtle daffodils where they can monopolise an area. Try planting them under trees, especially in an orchard, along a river bank, or in a meadow.
Once you have grown them, the Lent Lily looks truly lovely in a vase, but do not mix them with other flowers because they give off a slightly toxic substance. Before you put them into the vase, dip their cut stalks in warm water to remove and stop the goo that forms.
- Colour: pale yellow
- Height: up to 25 cm
- Spread: clumps will increase yearly until you divide them
- Scent: aromatic
- Flowering Outside: early March - April
- Bulb Size: 3cm
- Planting Depth: 6/8 cm
- Planting Months: September to November
Nuts about Narcissi
The Latin name for daffodil is narcissus and is thought to have been inspired by Narcissus, who was a figure in Greek mythology said to have fallen in love with his reflection in a pool of water. The nodding head of the daffodil is said to represent Narcissus bending down and gazing at his reflection. Known as the Lent or Easter lily due to its flowering time, this narcissus is in fact a member of the Amaryllidaceae family, which also includes snowdrops, and so is not a true lily at all. It is probably the daffodil that Wordsworth wrote about in his famous poem about Daffodils.