It Kind of Worked!

Last October I re-cut the edge of the circular lawn and planted a ring of daffodils around it. All winter I waited with bated breath (that you could actually see on days where it was forty degrees or less) to see if my efforts payed off.

It payed off! Sort of.

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At first the ones on the left half came up and although they were a mixed bag, they were primarily the solid yellow ones. Eventually a few other varieties opened and some the rest of the way around the circle bloomed. It looks a little rough while I wait for the squill in the lawn to die back so I can mow. Also, the birdfeeders are much less obtrusive when viewed from ground level but I still think I should pare them back to just a couple.

All-in-all I’m happy with the results and crossing my fingers that next year the blooms will be a bit more synchronized.

A Design Touch-Up

The View

This is a view of the back yard from upstairs. It was earlier this summer when things were probably at their most lush. In early spring the garden is a patchy sea of blue Scilla, a bulb I have mixed feelings about. Then the trees leaf out and the perennials fill in and it looks like this.

The Lawn

A few weeks ago I re-established the edge of the lawn. It was originally a perfect circle but over the years overhanging perennials have encroached in spots and the lawn has crept into gaps in the beds. I took a few measurements to see where best to set the center, drew a radius and went from there. In the end it was a bit smaller than the original design. I had to add another stepping stone at the main entry and fill a few perennial gaps with extra hostas from here and there.


The next step in my cunning plan was to set stakes every 16” around the circumference of the circle. For some time I’d been contemplating planting a ring of some variety of Crocus to define the lawn in spring. But something that low would probably not show in the marauding Scilla.


Instead, I picked up a big ol’ bag of mixed daffodil bulbs at Costco. I’m planting them three to a hole and many of the bulbs in the bag were double-nosed. I hope the clumps don’t look too weak. I’m almost done. There are still nine spots to do and I’ll need to get a dozen more bulbs to finish those, provided I go all the way up to the beehives. I can’t wait so see how this looks next spring!