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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Haystacking

















  • Take a group of between twelve and twenty daffodil leaves, depending on the thickness of each leaf, and comb them straight. Don't grab too many at a time or the group will not bend easily and may later break loose.

  • Remove two sturdy leaves.Fold the remaining leaves a third of the way down and then fold them another third. Your bundle should be 'hay-stacked' and a third as long as it was originally.





  • Wrap the two free leaves around the bundle and secure the ends.






  • Repeat with the remaining plants.






  • Years ago, when I was first gardening, my neighbor had a yard with the most beautiful border of daffodils. They were everywhere...giving her yard spring beauty. She was an old woman with bad knees. When I moved in, I noticed her, bending with straight legs and doing something I had never seen before. She was folding her daffodil foliage into neat braids. I thought to myself, "How funny to braid those leaves." She was very wise about gardening. I would go to plant something and she would say, "Are you sure you want to plant those today? My calendar says it isn't a good day to plant." I found out later that she followed the old farmer's almanac and she planted according to the moon. I was a busy woman and didn't have time to fool around with this, but later on at blooming time, her flowers were always better than mine.I learned so much living next to her.  Well, back to the daffodils. I learned from her to not cut the foliage until it turned brown.I don't braid my foliage, but I do gather it together in bundles and leave it till it turns brown.I'll write more about her tomorrow....I have to to out and braid my foliage :)

    Balisha

    7 comments:

    Marydon said...

    I've seen this done many times. I used to let my leaves turn brown & then pluck them off ... now for YEARS I've taken the bush trimmer & cut them back about 6 to 8 inches above the ground ... we have hundreds & hundreds of daffodils & tulips & they all come back the same every year.
    A lot less work & a nice neat border.

    Have a beautiful weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

    Country Wings in Phoenix said...

    Good Morning Sweetie...
    Isn't it amazing at what we learn when we watch and listen. The Farmer's Almanac has led so many of us into beautiful gardens and wonderful crops. My Grandma believed in it, and my sweet Momma swears by it.

    I love seeing all the foliage stems folded and can't wait to see them braided? That is interesting. Your garden is beautiful dear friend and we are having such wonderful weather to enjoy them right now.

    Have a glorious day. I can't wait to see all these stems in braids. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

    One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

    thanks for reminding me
    now I need to do it :)

    Lona said...

    Well that is a neat trick. I will be trying this one. Have a wonderful weekend. Cool and wet here.

    Pat said...

    I used to braid my daffodils every year but one year when I was short on time I just cut off the tops and left 4-5 inches standing straight up. I worried that I wouldn't get any blooms the next year but it didn't make a difference. Now I cut them like that every year.

    Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

    Balisha..this is EXACTLY something I needed to know. I have been frustrated by the look of my daffodils and so have just ignored them because I know you should not cut them off. I need to get over here on a daily basis and maybe I'll learn something!

    Margie's Musings said...

    I also cut mine back to about 6 or eight inches. I need to get that done too. Thanks for reminding me.