dystopian gardening 

7822C7DC-92EE-42E4-86EC-B71B7E2D7C69Has no one else noticed?  There are very few daffodils blooming.  This unnerving phenomenon is particularly apparent in my garden.  I have planted shit loads of daffs and narcissus over the years and I anticipate enough blooms to cut  several dozen inside. “A host of golden daffodils.”  This year’s crop, front and back garden is a handful, maybe 7. No, not even 7.  My next neighbor usually has a drift on the side of her house facing my side door.  It is a micro climate that blooms in full glory at least a week before mine.  This year, she has less than a dozen.

When I mention this disturbing observation, people look at me blankly or make sympathetic sounds that suggest I may be losing some part of my brain.  What is going on?  To be fair, someone did say, “I’ve heard that from a few other gardeners.”

Some springs are late and the bulb plants fall all over each other to bloom in speedy succession. With our crazy winter-spring-winter-70 degree days cycle, I expected that. But that’s not what is happening.

I am missing the sight of the nodding yellow heads and particularly notice those that have bloomed.  I also miss a sort of hum, not a sound by a resonance, and it is that perception that has me wondering.  I’ve been reading and listening to talk about tree communication.   So, is there communication between smaller plants.  Did all but a very few daff bulbs decide that this crazy spring was a good one to sleep through?  Will they decide to pop up later or next year or ever?

Note from two days later: Forsythia appeared and now the tulips are getting preparing themselves.  Dystopian dreams are subsiding.  A few days of warmth followed by rains have greened lawns and promoted the showing of peony shoots and bush buds.  I still wonder about the daffodils but will move on, with slight trepidation, to other favorites.


5 thoughts on “dystopian gardening 

  1. Last spring came around and I was surprised to see a profusion of tulips rather than daffodils. Guess it depends on folk and zones. I was sure we planted daffodils, but nope, haven’t seen them either, but to be truthful, the tulips are up but taking their sweet time to show off. Guess it’s just one of those years.

  2. If they’ve been in for a number of years, most likely they need dividing to regain their blooming vigor. As they wilt, pull or dig them out, gently separating clusters of bulbs into singles or small clusters. Replant–you’ll need a bit more space. Let them finish aging (blooms dying, leaves withering and dying) and wait for next year. You should have more daffs.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Janet. I’m quite a compulsive gardener and regularly dig up and divide. Last year, I had to move many of my bulbs from my terrace garden bed and many of those were daffs. So, there are a whole lot of newly planted daffs the didn’t come up. No greens, nothing! And since I published this post, a number of local friends report that their daffs are MIA this year. Other friends swear that they will come up very quickly soon. We shall see.

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