Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre'

Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in the Hill Garden.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in the Hill Garden.
Spring is moving along at a fast clip this year, with most things blooming a month ahead of time. Here is another simple combination that I do not want to miss sharing.  I am so pleased to have planted this pair in our gardens this year: the little cyclamen daffodil, Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete', and the large purple Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre'. They were planted in several groups throughout Cherry Corner Garden and the Hill Garden.


Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre' are great partners, with the crocus usually starting first at the end of March and the daffodil beginning in April. If you are looking for places to plant them, I would suggest tucking them in near to your daylily (Hemerocallis) clumps. When put near rising daylily foliage, the daffodil foliage is not so hard to stomach during its necessary growing period. If you must plant them somewhere else, then you may chop down the foliage after you have waited six weeks from peak bloom. 

Plants that combine well with Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus vernus 'Grand Maitre':
-Heuchras, like Heuchra 'Palace Purple'
-Oriental poppies (Papaver orientalis)
-Columbine (Aquilegia)
-Lamb's ears (Stachys byzantine)
-Variegated loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander')
-Forsythia hyb.
-Daylilies (Hemerocallis hyb.)
-Tulips, like Tulipa 'Ice Stick', Tulipa 'Persian Pearl' and viridiflora Tulipa 'China Town'
 
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner. I love how the yellow echos in the forsythia bushes along the Front Walk.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner. I love how the yellow echos in the forsythia bushes along the Front Walk.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' with the white edged foliage of Tulip 'China Town'
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' with the white edged foliage of Tulip 'China Town'
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner, along with Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and fresh daylily foliage.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner, along with Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and fresh daylily foliage.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete', purple Crocus 'Grand Maitre' and pink shoots of Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete', purple Crocus 'Grand Maitre' and pink shoots of Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander'.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in the Hill Garden
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in the Hill Garden
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' with silvery lamb's ears (Stachys byzantine) in the Hill Garden.
Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' with silvery lamb's ears (Stachys byzantine) in the Hill Garden.
Morning sunlight through Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner... echoing again with the yellow forsythia in the Front Woodland.
Morning sunlight through Narcissus 'Tete-a-tete' and Crocus 'Grand Maitre' in Cherry Corner... echoing again with the yellow forsythia in the Front Woodland.

10 comments:

  1. Love Tete-a-Tete, that is one I have a lot of as it is the most commonly forced 'mini' daff. So I got lots of leftover pots from the flower shop I used to work at. Hope I get to see mine this year.

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  2. Wow, spring-flowers! very nice, great Diny.

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  3. Thank you so much for the plant combination list.

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  4. Great bulb combo Julie...our spring is not ahead anymore..it is standing still for weeks...crocus and other early bulbs faded in the heat and the daffs are very slow to show in the cold...soon the garden will play catch up and my head will be spinning with blooms..can't wait!

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  5. Your borders look beautiful with your narcissus and crocus. Our Tete a Tete were over a few weeks ago, we now have white Thalia everywhere which looks pretty with the blue of forget me nots, spring is such a wonderful time of year.

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  6. Beautiful combination - I will have to add some crocus clumps near my narcissus too. Early daffodils and crocus are already done here. Your cherry corner looks fantastic with all the lush new growth dotted about!

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  7. As this spectacle is charming!
    What work it must have been planted all these flowers bubles!
    it's a good idea to distribute around the flowerbeds
    bravo

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  8. Your spring garden is looking very pretty! I love the color combination of yellow and purple.

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  9. What a sweet little combination. Mixing them with daylilies is a great idea. I bet they would look adorable in a pot, too. Even though they're small, those complimentary colors really pop!

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  10. What a clever idea to combine a mini daff and a large crocus, I wouldn't have thought that would work - but it does. You're full of terrific ideas. I'm glad to are having a good spring to enjoy. Christina

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