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Narcissus is a genus of around 150 species of bulbous perennials from Europe and North Africa and is one of the most popular flowers in the world. Its name derives from the Greek Mythological character, Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection and died. Legend has it that in the place of his death, yellow daffodils sprung forth and were hence named after him.

Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

Direct Gardens offer a professional garden design service which is specifically tailored to your needs, providing shrub and planting advice, designs and planting plans, from a small area to a full-size garden.

We will work with you so you have something that meets your requirements, from the traditional cottage garden to a contemporary city garden.

Plant of the month - Narcissus bulbocodium

Top 10 jobs for March

  1.     Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
  2.     Protect new spring shoots from slugs
  3.     Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  4.     Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  5.     Top dress containers with fresh compost
  6.     Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
  7.     Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow)     grown for colourful winter stems
  8.     Weeds come back in to growth - deal with     them before they get out of hand
  9.     Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain;     remove pond heaters
  10.     Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors     and vents on  warm days

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