Friday, March 30, 2012

Narcissus 'Topolino'

Narcissus 'Topolino' in the Front Woodland garden with Crocus 'Spring Beauty'
All of our plantings are ahead of season this year, with the daffodils blooming in mid-March instead of mid-April (see last year). I wanted to be sure not to miss posting on Narcissus 'Topolino', as she is one of my favorites.

We planted clumps of Narcissus 'Topolino' in the Front Woodland garden two falls ago, and they seem to be perennializing well. It is no small feat to dig holes in this root-ridden area, so planting several at once was especially helpful.  They have shot up this March in our zone 5 garden, along with Hemerocallis (daylily) foliage, Sedum 'Acre' and Crocus 'Spring Beauty'. The forsythias are just starting to bloom in these photos from March 18th. This curb strip (also known as a hell strip or parkway) is so much brighter for the flowers that are blooming in it, instead of just the normal turf.

Narcissus 'Topolino' blooming as the forsythia is just beginning also.
Narcissus 'Topolino' and Crocus 'Spring Beauty' coming up with the daylilies and irises.
Narcissus 'Topolino' and Crocus 'Spring Beauty'
See more about the Front Woodland on our map of Gilmore Gardens in Pennsylvania.


  1. I love the smaller dafs, shall have to look for this one.

  2. What a lovely small daff I will have to look for...I have several yellow ones but none that are more white.

  3. Beautiful, blooming with the purple crocus. Great combination.

  4. Topolino looks delightful. I've givn up on Daffodils, they just don't do well here, the winter isn't cold enough soon enough to prompt them into growth. Christina

  5. Ooh, I love the crocus stretching up and out like dancers. So cheerful. Enjoy your spring!

  6. Lovely combination Wendy. Digging to plant bulbs is hard and I can just imagine how hard it is with that great big tree nearby. I'm sure I have Topolino in my garden and spring beauty is one of my favourite crocus flowers. We are well ahead of season this year - I've tulips in flower 4 weeks early here.

    (I updated my impatiens post as there's a new disease resistant impatien for sale in UK and US)

    1. Rosie, Thanks for the update. How interesting that they came up with a resistant one so soon for sale.

      We are also a month ahead of time, with tulips just green at the moment, waiting for another warm period to pop.

  7. Hi Julie, I just discovered your beautiful blog! I love this post about Narcissus 'Topolino', it looks so nice in your Front Woodland garden. Great photography, too! I garden in San Diego, California and we are actually behind of the spring season and having unusual cool weather. The good part of that is that the roses are lasting longer on the bushes :-)!

  8. Such a pretty combination, the narcissus and crocus.

  9. Ah cripes, planting bulbs into root congested soil? An arduous task! That daff is beautiful Julie.

  10. I think PA grows the best crop of daffodils, or at least that is how I remember the fields and forest edge with them.

  11. I have a favorite daffodil too. Isn't it fun to meet them like old friends? Your photos are wonderful. How nice that you're a month ahead.

  12. Jeg kom bare lige forbi din blog.Tak for de smukke billeder.
    Ha` en god dag.

  13. Julie they are a beautiful narcissus, I love your fresh clean daylily shoots the rabbits have nibbled mine over winter so some have a shaggy look, your forsythia looks beautiful in the next post too and yes the evergreen ground cover does make the yellow flowers sing, Frances

  14. I wish the scientists would weigh in on this jolt our seasons have taken this Spring! A jolt forward! Your Spring is glorious - love all the bloom!


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