Some plants just seem to have it all, and Narcissus Thalia is such a plant. You have to feel a trifle sorry for her less talented cousins. It’s like having beauty and brains – it’s just not fair. Thalia’s talents are many: she blooms delightfully, almost demurely, in her pure white spring glory. The vulgar vying for attention of the flamboyant is not for her. She doesn’t need to compete because she is already too perfect. Here's a closer look at this week's featured variety.
Thalia is dainty and may seem delicate, but at heart, this is a tough little Narcissus. So what if spring turns out a little stormy? Why should she care if there’s a light late frost? The perfect blooms remain perfect no matter what the weather throws at Thalia.
But what would happen if she fell into the hands of a lazy gardener? What if her bulbs are not lifted and tenderly stored till next autumn? Surely she will wither and die? Nope! Not Narcissus ‘Thalia’. Self-sufficient, tough little Thalia just bounces back, multiplying to form a lovely clump that produces even more blooms, filling the spring air with a deliciously sweet scent that begs you to pluck her blooms and take them indoors. Here, ‘Thalia’ shows her stuff as a cut flower, with cut blooms lasting wonderfully in the vase.
An old variety that will always be a winner
Thalia was first introduced in the Victorian era, and gardeners today still appreciate this gorgeous plant, a variety of the Narcissus triandrus species. You won’t find it absolutely everywhere, but discerning growers still produce it because it’s one of the best Narcissus varieties ever, and still stands up against modern competition from an increasing number of newcomers. Not to mention that each flower stem produces multiple flowers.
Growing Thalia in your garden or indoors
With flower stems reaching 30 to 40cm in height, Thalia is ideal for smaller gardens and also thrives in pots. But when it is grown in containers, Thalia is more sensitive to frost and should be protected. For a lovely potted display, plant the bulbs close together in the container. You can use the same trick in the garden, planting about six bulbs together for added effect, or plant them singly and let them bulk up naturally.
Sun, partial shade or light shade all suit this charming little plant. As for the style of garden this pretty Narcissus suits, she is a real lady: at home anywhere. Charming in the cottage garden, she manages to look ultra-chic in modernist-style gardens too. You can even grow Daffodil Thalia if you live an apartment, provided you have a spot where she can soak up some sunshine.
Good drainage is important, so don’t plant your Narcissi in soil that ends to be soggy and if the soil is a little heavy, use compost to improve it. In pots, ensure that you use a well-drained container and potting mix.
Make your spring beautiful with Narcissus Thalia
If you’ve never tried growing this charming plant before, this is the year when you should begin. Put Narcissus Thalia to the test – you will be delighted with the results!
Check out our youtube video of pretty Narcissus Thalia swaying in the breeze in Keukenhof Gardens.