• Violas over daffodils

    by  • November 29, 2012 • Fall, Garden, How to, Plant Profiles, Projects

    Violas and pansies are perfect daffodil partners

    Last year, I planted violas over the mini daffodils in patio pots and want to do the same this year. Deer don’t bother these on the patio,…they rarely come up the concrete steps any more and they aren’t attracted to either plant.  It’s a safe zone.

    The objective- to replant violas over top of the daffodil bulbs from last year.


    In mid-March 2011, ten inches of snow fell..the violas are in front of the wheelbarrow. Can’t see it? The first big lump in the foreground.


    Snow Snow covers all the pots under the oak canopy.


    End of March, everybody’s fine!

    So!  Now, to recreate the planting using these pots saved in the potting area all summer.  The violas faded and died over the summer, although some reseeded.

    Tiny volunteer found poking through the porch stones

    Here’s what I did:

    First the soil was loosed carefully with a trowel and shaken into a container. This uncovered the tiny shoots!

    Daffodil tips show after the top soil is loosened and shaken out

    The plants were eased in over the tips.

    Plant over the sprouting tips

    And soil was added…

    Add 3 inches of soil

    Tiny hypertufa mushrooms

    That’s all! Now we just wait….through rain and snow…

    Place at different heights when using monochromatic pots


    Pansy Delta Premium Beaconsfield


    Finished pots….I have high hopes!


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.