The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

SWG005 Mid-March in a Scottish cottage garden


Feu de Joie narcissus a double daffodil


For gardeners it is indescribably exciting when the bumblebees get moving, the pollen starts flying and the blossom on the fruit trees starts bursting in springtime. In this episode of the Stopwatch Gardener podcast, I’m looking at the mystery daffodil that baffled me for years before being identified by the friendly Duncan at Croft 16, and I’m indulging in early fantasies about the roses to come, the first of which will appear in May.

Two of my favourite roses in the garden are Gloire de Dijon because of its long, full branches of pale yellow flowers that appear as early as May in my garden, and Rose de Rescht, which makes up the dense rose hedge halfway up my garden. I take a look at these developing plants, including the very first buds on the Old Glory rose, plus I have a look at the startlingly beautiful osmanthus delvayii, whose first tiny, hanging white bills are starting to burst open.

I will forever be grateful to Duncan from Croft 16 daffodils who identified the mystery narcissus under my rose hedge: it is Feu de Joie, a raggedy cream double daffodil with shreds of orange and yellow peeking from the centre. Marvellous.

Please don’t forget to get in touch if you would be willing to donate plants to my Rare Plants for Rare Disease fundraiser for neuroacanthocytosis research on 24 May 2014. If you run a nursery, especially if you trade in rare or unusual plants, I’d love to ask you for a donation to this worthy cause. Contact me here if you can help with a rare plant donation.

Here’s some more of what I’m talking about in this week’s episode:

  • Bumblebees
  • Chionodoxa
  • Tulip Early Emperor
  • Vinca
  • Wall-trained pears Williams Bon Chretien and Concorde
  • Hyacinth
  • Wisteria floribunda
  • Osmanthus delvayii
  • Rosa Gloire de Dijon
  • Rose de Rescht
  • Narcissus Feu de Joie

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