I had a busy afternoon yesterday in the garden. At this time of year, I’m starting to plant my annuals. By now, the tulip leaves have usually pretty much died down, but the daffodil leaves are still green and straggly. Not only is it a mess, but it covers up the spots where I want to plant the annuals:
So what’s a girl to do? I don’t want to cut down the leaves, since the bulbs need the photosynthesis from the leaves to build up strength for blooming next year. Instead, I get all Martha Stewart-y with them.
Yes, I really did braid the daffodil leaves. Now someone is REALLY going to hate me.
A word of warning, though. This is NOT a recommended way to deal with your daffodil leaves. Most gardening sites say that braiding (or folding and tying) the leaves inhibits the photosynthesis, and that they won’t bloom well the next year – you need to just leave them alone. But I’ve been doing this for years, and it doesn’t seem to have been a problem.
I only do this for the daffodils that aren’t hidden by other plants. Most of them are planted where other perennials or annuals will hide the fading leaves, and I can just let them flop and fade away in their own time. Daylilies are a particularly good camouflage.