Narcissus King Alfred Improved

Narcissus King Alfred Improved

Narcissus 'King Alfred Improved'


$18.95
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No bulb garden is complete without signature heritage varieties that evoke its rich history, and no heritage Narcissus is more iconic than 'King Alfred.' We offer the "improved" variety, which reflects more recent breeding for larger blooms and a more compact habit, but the legacy is there: the most popular and widely planted daffodil in the world, ever since its 1899 introduction in England, can be yours to enjoy each early spring in the sunny garden or fine containers.

'King Alfred Improved' is a trumpet daffodil (Division I), early-blooming and very resistant to rough, windy, chilly weather. It catches the last Crocus, not to mention the Chionodoxa and Galanthus, in bloom, and lasts very well in garden or vase. The blooms can reach 4 inches across, with long yellow trumpets to match the sunny perianth. An unforgettable sight in a large planting, even an accent grouping is effective for massed golden-yellow hues to greet spring.

'King Alfred Improved' reaches only 16 to 18 inches tall -- a bit shorter than the original -- and sports very sturdy stems. It is eager to naturalize, and you may find that you have two flowering stems beginning the very first year, thanks to our top-quality Dutch bulbs. At Wayside Gardens, we offer only bulbs grown and cured in the optimal Dutch climate. Quality makes a difference when planting daffodils, for you want your original planting to multiply over the years into glorious great drifts!

Resistant to nibbling animals (the bulbs are poisonous), Narcissus is one of the easiest of all plants to grow. Give it good drainage and a sunny site, and let nature do the rest! Zones 3-8. Pack of 20 bulbs.

  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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A Tradition of Distinction

Since its founding in 1920, Wayside Gardens has brought the rarest and highest-quality plants to the garden market. Wayside was founded in 1920 by two acclaimed growers who came together to pursue their shared vision of marketing all high-end plants for the serious garden enthusiast. Originally located in Mentor, Ohio, Wayside Gardens swiftly grew a reputation for the highest-quality plants and the most sophisticated clientele. In 1975, Wayside was purchased by the Park Seed Company, and moved to Hodges, SC.  The company has flourished since then, growing to become an undisputed leader in rare and unique plant growing.

Unparalleled Selection

Wayside's horticulturists travel the world in search of new and unusual plant cultivars and proudly offer the garden industry’s most sophisticated selection of high quality and rare perennial plants, bulbs, trees, shrubs, roses, vines, and indoor plants. Beginning with ties to the Dutch family bulb business in Holland, our horticulturists have developed close relationships with perennial and bulb growers throughout the United States and Europe, providing access to many rare and unique garden treasures. Throughout our history we have had the pleasure of introducing numerous exotic foreign and domestic plant cultivars to the American garden market. The Wayside collection of new and exclusive plant products is so preeminent that the catalog has long been lauded in the industry and is even used as a reference work in horticultural schools.

Impeccable Quality and Value – We Guarantee It!

At Wayside Gardens, “pedigreed plants” and “root strength” have always been watchwords. The Wayside Gardens impeccable plant quality begins with selecting only the finest new product offerings with improved plant features and numerous advantages for our gardening customers. These improved plant selections are then grown to our exacting quality standards by garden industry professionals. This produces superior plants with well developed root systems and healthy, vigorous plant growth habits. That is why we proudly guarantee all Wayside Gardens' products to perform as advertised, being of superior quality, true to type, and shipped properly.

Larger Containers & Well Established Root Systems

We use larger containers and grow bigger plants than other nurseries, leading to greater root strength. Where appropriate, Wayside Gardens propagates our plants vegetatively rather than from seed, to ensure the plants possess the correct form and are true to variety, like a true double form, as opposed to the single or semi-double forms that may result from seed propagation. Because we employ only the finest and most technologically advanced plant growing methods, you can be confident in receiving healthy plants ready to burst forth in glorious growth in your garden.

Superlative Service

  • Unique, well-established and vigorous growing plants offer greater value for your money than other nurseries.
  • Dedicated to providing detailed plant care instruction and informative plant information to make your product selection and planting truly enjoyable.
  • Trained horticulturists are on-call to offer you any help or advice you need on how to care for your plants.
  • All Wayside plants are carefully packaged to ensure a safe arrival.
  • Your plants will be shipped to you at the proper time for planting.
  • Honored to be your first choice in horticulture.
  • If your item has received our recommended care and still doesn't perform to your satisfaction, we will replace it free of charge or credit you the item’s cost.
  • Wayside Gardens is committed to helping you make your gardening an exquisite experience.

Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs

With Wayside’s bulbs, growing gorgeous flowers is as easy as Dig, Drop, Done.


Dig:

The first thing you want to do is pick your spot and dig the hole for your bulbs. Avoid places with standing water, as this could cause bulb rot. A good rule of thumb when planting is to dig down 3 times the height of the bulb, but you should follow the specific instructions for your bulb. Make sure to space out your bulbs to give your plants the right amount of room to grow later.

Drop:

Now put your bulbs in the ground, pointy side up. For fall planting, be sure to get the bulbs in before the first frost. For spring planting, the time varies by plant. Afterwards, cover the bulbs with soil and then water them in. This helps wake the bulbs up from dormancy and get them growing again.

Now you’re Done!

Just sit back and wait, and in the spring your bulbs will sprout up and reward you with their beautiful blooms throughout the season. Growing flowers from Wayside bulbs really is that easy!


Videos courtesy of the Dig Drop Done Foundation.


No plant is easy the first time you garden with it. So here are some quick tips to make you look like a pro, even if you've never laid eyes on a daffodil bulb before in your life!

Daffodil bulbs often have two big shoots coming out of one base, as if two bulbs were stuck together. Don't separate them; just plant the whole thing. It will multiply even faster!

Plant daffodil bulbs with the wide base facing downwards, the pointy top facing up.

Plant the bulbs at a depth of least 3 times their height. In warmer climates, even deeper is recommended.

Do not add any "bulb food" or other enrichment at planting time.

After planting, daffodils need no special treatment. Water, mulch, or leave the soil alone, just as you normally would.

In spring, after the daffodils have bloomed, do not cut away the leaves. This is critical. Let them die all the way back; the plant is gathering nutrition for next year's growth during this period. If you want to hide the unattractive brown shoots, plant your daffodils among daylilies, which do a good job covering up the leaves with their fresh green foliage.

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