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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Natural Landscape With Daffodils

Monday, March 7, 2016

Creating a natural French country setting surrounding a house in the countryside 
takes some deliberate thought about how to achieve that style.

Part of the reason we built a house on two acres outside any city limits 
was to have a yard that was natural and environmentally friendly. 
We wanted a yard that required 1] as little as possible supplementary watering, 
2] no pesticides, and 3] minimal fertilization. 

Photo taken March 1 with Bradford pear tree in full bloom in background 
One of the ways to include flowers in such a country landscape 
is to plant daffodils, one of the best bulbs for naturalizing that 
can survive almost entirely on natural rainfall and once yearly fertilizing. 

 Scores of beautiful low-cost daffodil varieties are readily available from nurseries, 
including many more options than the well-known yellow jonquils.  

More than fifteen years ago, I planted twenty-five Erlicheer Daffodils 
in the front yard under mature wide-spread oak trees. 

The Erlicheer variety has multiple stems per plant with 
as many as six to eight DOUBLE white blossoms on each stem. 
Can you see why I love these? 

Each spring these are among the first daffodils to bloom, emerging by early February 
and blooming around the third week of February. 

They make excellent cut flowers to bring inside and their heavenly fragrance fills the air. 

Over the years they have multiplied and require little maintenance. 
They grow in a grassy plot, not a separate flower bed, and the most important 
thing for next year's blooms is to allow the spent flowers to "ripen" 
and for the stems to naturally die before mowing the grass. 

No problem out here in the country. 

Inside, a metal planter filled with fake Erlicheer daffodils sits in the kitchen sunspace. 

The fabric blooms are excellent reproductions of the real ones growing in the yard. 
Artificial flowers get more and more realistic each year. 

From a distance it is hard to tell that these are not live bulbs. 

Do you grow Erlicheer daffodils or some other white daffodil variety? 

I am always interested in new plants to add to our little spot in the country. 

White daffodils, not yellow, are my favorites for creating a natural landscape 
in the countryside, far from manicured lawns. 


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Katie Mansfield said...

I have planted daffodils. They will bloom once, maybe twice and that is it. I really think that the moles or something are eating them. Yours are gorgeous. What a gorgeous property.

Stacey said...

Beautiful! Judith, your setting is so pretty. Seeing daffodils naturalized in a yard is such an old fashioned and wonderful thing to me. :)

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

Those are a real pretty variety of daffodils!

Deanna Rabe said...

I've never heard of this kind before, but I'm in love! I'll have to search them out! They would be beautiful under the trees along our creek!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It's not our season yet for these so I have enjoyed yours : ) I have a few basic yellow ones to come up a month or two down the line ...up in the north here, in PA :)

Lois Arnold said...

Judith, I love your natural landscape and especially the daffodils! I think the only way they will grow in our climate is to dig them up and keep the bulbs chilled to fake a long enough dormant time. Though we have a few below freezing days and colder weather for a month or so, daffodils and tulips require way more work than I'm willing. Your fake ones look really good! Those I could handle! I have to admit that the yellow are my favorite and what I planted when we lived in areas where they would thrive. Happy Spring!

Eilis said...

I remember my mom planting bulbs in England and they doubled in number each year. I am always told that in Texas we have to dig them up and refrigerate the bulbs from year to year. I will be looking for the variety that has worked so well for you. They are beautiful!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW! Those double daffodils are sensational! I have never seen the likes, and I am liking them! I love your sensibilities about having more acreage in order to keep things natural. So French, so wise, so beautiful!

Cynthia said...

Judith, these Erlicheer Daffodils are beautiful! It makes me wonder if I'm not right in thinking that mine are Narcissus. . .hmmm. I just posted some of my Daffys on my blog. Love them, and I get so excited when they begin to appear in the Spring!

Laura said...

Judith- your daffodils are lovely.
I learned so much reading this post-
Daffodils aren't that common in South Texas.

Art and Sand said...

I so enjoyed seeing the grounds of your property. I can't imagine how you keep it all up, but it is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing at SYC.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Judith,

I did not know about the Erlicheer Daffodil, it is a stunning flower indeed.
My goal is to have a beautiful bed of Daffodil's under the wild plum tree as the years unfold.
Your gardens and property and simple gorgeous and I always enjoy viewing the light that comes through your windows.
You have certainly created a gentle Oasis and it is so welcoming too.

Jemma-Thoughts Of Home

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have pinned this to my garden board as I MUST have some of these double daffodils. This post was a joy to read and I sincerely hope you will continue to share your sunshine at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.