I had a walkabout this morn to cherish the last of the daffodils – we have jungle warm temps forecast for the rest of the week that will brown out the last of their blooms. From buttery golden, to fragile pearlescent, lemon yellow, or accents of blush or orange, daffodils offer dazzling range. Six ‘petals’ (tepals) surround a center ‘cup’ (corona), that is often frilled and of a contrasting colour (with the double Rip Van Winkle blooms above as an exception!). Pert blooms nod atop strong leafless stems that blend with spring green leaf blades. By planting an assortment of daffodil bulbs, their iconic cheer can enrich your garden from early to mid-spring, or until we get that first several days of hotter weather. Bulbs are planted out in the fall, and are not a favourite of squirrels! Above photos include some of my favourites: Green Eyes, Jetfire, Rip Van Winkle, Velocity and Ice Follies, but there are many, many varieties for experimenting!
Technical stuff – Daffodil/Narcissus, perennial bulb flower, height varies greatly by variety, sun to part sun, bloom early to mid-spring, like most bulbs they appreciate well drained soil and snip off browned blooms leaving the foliage to feed the bulbs for next year’s show.