An Alpine Garden
An amazing garden at a home in Alpine, one of the best in all Southern California.
Our own Kathy Carr's front yard garden in the Rancheros of Pine Valley.
Join the Pine Valley Garden Club, we meet at 1PM on the second Saturday of each month, meetings are at member homes or the County Library. Feel free to contact Kathy Carr at 473-0007 for information or directions.
Hope we see you there....
Did you know that there are several really good reasons why rural communities such as Pine Valley and Julian choose the daffodil to plant in their area? First, and by far foremost, is that nothing and I do mean nothing will eat daffodil bulbs. (Ground squirrels and gophers have been known to pop the bulbs up out of the ground but they don't eat them.) Second is the fact that if daffodils like where they are and get the right amount of rain and sun they will multiply and spread each year. And last, ut certainly not least, is that daffodils are a really bright cheerful way to greet spring. Let's face it, they're a happy looking flower.
So what could possibly be causing us to see fewer and fewer flowers each year?
Yep, you guessed it, people. Well meaning people who don't understand the cycle the daffodil has to go through in order to be happy, re-appear and hopefully spread year after year.
The first thing that announces spring is the fresh green leaves the bulbs put out well in advance of the golden cup like flower. The flowers follow and, though not long lived individually, continue to bloom for several weeks if not more. Then only the greens are left and slowly collapse and turn yellow. This is where the daffodil is at its most vulnerable. The leaves must be allowed to do their collapse, turn yellow and ultimate die cycle in order to feed the bulb in the ground below. When people decide that the flowers are gone and weed whack the greenery down then there is a good chance the bulb hasn't gotten enough nourishment to bloom again the next year.
We try to plant the bulbs in areas that are not that "well tended" so there is a better chance the daffodils will return but even then there is the risk somebody will decide to get rid of the dead looking leaves. Sometimes too much water (yes, I know that is not usually our problem) can actual rot the bulb in the ground. In any case give the daffodils a break and let the greens die down completely before pulling them up. If you tug on them gently and the leaves come out, okay but if there is resistance then let them go a little longer. (If you don't like the look of the dying leaves in your own garden then plant some flower seeds that will grow and cover the leaves until it's time to pull them up.)
We all like the way Pine Valley looks with the daffodils in bloom so please help us keep them alive and well.
Kathy Carr for the Valley View Monthly
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