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Bye bye daffodils.Posted Monday, April 5, 2010, at 8:00 AM
Our are fading fast and in another week will be left to memory or photos. We will leave them to grow and gather storage for next year, but after that some bunches have to be split.
Ever wonder why yours are big and those on the fields seem to be smaller? OF course, they could be a small variety but more than likely there are several less obvious reasons.
They could be crowded in their own little patch and can only gather so much nutrients from the same soil as all the others. The ones on the edge of the patch might be bigger because they have room to grow and their roots are exploring new sources of food.
Maybe they were mowed before their leaves had enough time to store extra food to grow larger bulbs. They could also be growing in tight clay, excessive wet or just the opposite, dry areas so they get stunted for opposing reasons. Yours may be in flower beds, fed by lawn fertilizer or maybe you even feed them.
Anyway, what flowers or plants are you using to fill in the color before late Spring and Summer bloomers? I am guilty of putting more of my efforts into vegetable seeds and plants at this time of year, so most of our colors come from pansies or wildflowers.
We do have some tomato, eggplant and pepper flowers, but they are minimal in the scheme of things. By the way, my tomato has some fruit already forming. Does that sound like a proud papa?
Smell the coffee, so my day work day starts.
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