The first daffodils – Early Sensation – are out two weeks early at Whitegate, but most of the other daffodils are just starting to peep through and with the amount of rain that we’ve had, they look to be in very good condition, and so the flowers should have far more substance than when the weather has been dry.
Hopefully the season will be a little longer than normal!
We’re still on target for the last week in March and the first week in April, please see the booking section for details!
The weather at the moment is very mild, but we’ll obviously get a cold snap that’ll slow things down again.
Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing many of you again in the Spring! I’m now on my way back to Ireland to stop some Guinness from going bad.
Our 2015 walks were again a great success, thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the walks – the contributions brought almost £7000 of fund for Macmillan, despite the weather not always being on our side!
We’ve planted a couple of thousand more bulbs in the woods this year so there’ll be more to see with a bit of luck! We’ve mucked out the fairies (it needs doing every couple of years) and I’ve been on a course for political correctness. They tell me I’m the first person ever to have failed the course, which will be of no surprise to anyone who’s listened carefully during any of the talks or walks!
For those who are organising their diaries in advance, we’re currently looking at dates of Friday 1st April through to and including Sunday 10th. We’ll update on this as the weather progresses!
The recent cold snap means that despite the daffodils being on track in February, they’re not quite making that last push to be in full bloom at the very start of the walks, so for the first few days it looks like we won’t have them all in show right away.
There are plenty to see but not in the huge quantities just yet!
Lets hope a bit more of the current warm weather will bring them on – all it takes is a bit of an increase in the soil temperature and they’ll be out quickly!
New for this year is that we’ve got a marquee up so you’ll be able to enjoy real pokies New Zealand your tea, coffee and cakes in nice shelter whatever the weather, and enjoy the view.
We haven’t spotted the fairies just yet but we’re sure they’ll be around the magic oak again this year, putting in an appearance especially for good children!
Also if you’re on Facebook you can follow us there and send us your comments and pictures that way too!
I’ve walked around all of the fields today and everything is looking right for a grand show this year!
The Early Sensation are already out, along with the snowdrops. Magnificence (another super early variety) is looking to be on target for mid February.
I’ll be doing guided walks and talks from Monday 23rd March through to Sunday 5th April this year, in the morning for all, and the afternoon for pre-booked groups!
Daffodils seem to be quite forward and in very good condition, but they will slow down when the weather turns colder – we will update in the new year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.
Get planting your daffodil bulbs now!
Only buy firm bulbs, and remember the general rule for planting not too deep – usually about 2 to 2 and a half times the depth of the bulb.
Fertilise if you like with blood fish and bone (high potash content).
We have recently planted lots of bulbs (4-5 thousand) down in pingot and into the woods, so there should be lots to see in the spring!
This summer was very good for daffodils with a lot of rain early on then a really dry June and July, which the bulbs love.
We’ll update soon with the dates for the daffodil walks as soon as possible, but ought to be approximately the last week in March and the first week in April.
What a fabulous turn out for our walks this year.
Daffodils are the best that they have ever been and although the early varieties have taken a bit of a battering with the wind and rain the last couple of nights we are fortunate that the late flowering varieties are evident. meaning that there’s plenty to see over the next few days. We still have a few places left on our Daffodil tours from Wed 9th – Sat 12th April, times at 10.30 and 2pm each day( please call 01606 889380 to book)
or self walks all day upto and including Sun 13th 10am until 3pm.
Come on down!!
Make a special day of it incorporating a trip to our super local “The Plough” at Whitegate.
Some nice pics on face book too ‘daffodil walks’ ( Whitegate)
Don’t panic! We will have thousands and thousands of daffodils in prime condition for the daffodil walks!
Even though many varieties are coming out now, we have over 600 varietiess that carry on flowering right up to May so there’s always something to see. Our Magnificence are out in glorious show right now, and will soon be joined by the Carlton which should be at their best over the walk weeks!
If you would like to join just for the self-guided walks earlier than the talks starting, this will be possible from the 26th March, please just call in advance.
The daffodils will last longer in bloom because of all the wet weather over winter, which combined with the good baking that the bulbs had over last summer, will make this years show be one of the best for many years!
Walking round the fields today I have observed a very heavy crop of daffodils for this year, due mostly to the hot summer last year, and of course the amount of rain throughout the winter which will prolong the flowering season.
Should be on target this year with lots and lots of fine flowers!
Now is the perfect time for planting out your daffodils – just as it turns wet and cold for October.
This week I’ve been enjoying planting out about 2000 new bulbs with 9 different varieties around the woods, the pingot, the steps, verges, and plenty of other places I won’t remember until they start to pop up next spring. Parisienne, Victorious, Tahiti, Apotheose, Yellow Cheerfulness, Rijnvelts Early Sensation, Barrett Browning, Dutch Master, Fortune, and another I can’t remember.
Hopefully a long flowering season for all to enjoy!