Daffodil planting

Spent a day last week naturalizing daffodil bulbs for next spring under chestnut trees at Osterley Park, the National Trust property where I work one day a week as a volunteer gardener. At a lecture I attended recently, we were told that the practice of burying a bulb at a depth of twice its length is all wrong, and that in fact bulbs planted up to a foot deep will come up far stronger and healthier. Sadly, the ground that we were planting in last Friday was so rock hard that we had no chance of testing this theory. Went back this week to check up on them, and so far they don’t appear to have been discovered by the squirrels. If they survive the winter, watch this space for photographs next spring!

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