This is a good time of year to move daffodils if, like me, you suddenly realize you have some in a really dumb place.
We inherited a silly garden from previous owners that we call the square garden (do you have names for all your garden beds?). It’s in a shady low part of the yard, with simple 2 by 4’s as an edge of sort, to create a 16-square-foot garden. It’s awkwardly sited and a real pain to get around with a lawn mower.
I’ve tried to grow various things in it over the years, including just using the space as a temporary nursery for impulse buys and plants in transition. (I highly recommend a temporary nursery space, if you can find room and you’ve got construction projects underway or planned.)
This year, I’m gradually dismantling the square garden and moving everything to better locations. Then I’ll pull out the 2 by 4’s (mostly rotten anyway) and let the area go back to lawn.
A few years ago, I tried to create a daffodil cutting garden in the square garden. But they always seemed crowded and they didn’t bloom all that well because of the shade.
This is a good time to dig up and move daffodils because the flowers are long gone but you can still see the foliage. So you know exactly where the bulbs are, without blinding guessing with a sharp spade.
I was surprised how well these bulbs have naturalized â€” look at all the little babies attached to the bigger bulbs.
The bulbs will probably do much better now that they’re separated and headed for a sunnier spot.
This is also a good time of year to feed your daffodils. I’ve heard lots of advice on when to fertilize, but I’m sticking with Eric Schmidt, the head gardener of Shelby White’s estate in Lewisboro.
Eric has planted more than 500,000 daffodils in the White Garden and he recommends feeding with BulbTone after they bloom but before the foliage dies back completely.
I’ve been using it the past 2 or 3 years, with great results.