Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daffodil Days


The little crocus have passed but the daffodils are coming into their glory. In my garden the daffodil season lasts through much of April and May - I have very early varieties, many midseason blooms and then the old daffodil poeticus and its hybrids for late in the season. I am particularly fond of the late flat cupped daffodils but love them all, the classic yellows, the split cups, the frilly doubles and all the little miniatures.
And of course I can't resist the jonquillas with their spicy aroma.
Unlike the fussy tulips, these are truly a full proof flower. They are poisonous so the little animals never eat them. Once planted they will come back year after year without any fuss or bother. The only trick to getting flowers every year is to leave the foliage to die off naturally. The foliage is necessary to feed the bulb to make next year's flower so if you cut it off you will get nothing but foliage the next spring. Once it begins to yellow you can cut it off to make the garden neater.
Happy Spring!

20 comments:

bloomandbling said...

SO beautiful! I am working on my garden now. Hopefully in the next few months I will have some lovely peonies, cannas, and gladiolas. Thank you for taking such lovely pictures!

nancy said...

Beautiful pictures! I live in NH as well and my daffodils are just starting to come up. Can't wait to see some flowers.

hoganshandiwork said...

Lovely. And so true. We accidentally cut our wild bluebonnets last year before they went to seed...now we don't have any. :(

Crystal said...

Beautiful pictures to go along with your article! So ready for springtime flowers...

Audrey said...

beautiful photo's! Our ground is still quite cold, nothing coming up yet :(
Can't wait for the flowers to start blooming.

Christina Lucas said...

beautiful pis! we have daffodils popping up all over Frederick. so gorgeous!

ElfRenee said...

Very pretty! Happy Spring! The daffodils are long gone here. :(

Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents said...

Your photos are simply stunning. I always look forward to seeing your newest work!

asdesigns said...

Beautiful!!! I love seeing your flower pics

Terra Verde said...

your photography is truly stunning. Great work!

Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

So gorgeous! I love Spring and all the flowers!

galla15 said...

The flowers are GORGEOUS!!

Aulani Photography and BH Giveaways said...

Beautiful!

KrystalsJewelry said...

so pretty!!!! cant wait till i can grow something too! haha

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Beautiful....my daffodils were ready to bloom but we got snow tonight so they are probably gone...so sad!

petite hermine said...

So beautiful! Reminds me of the happy spring air :) Thanks for bring a smile to my face!

Sabtis Designs said...

Yay for daffodils!!! :-)

Elizabeth said...

what beautiful pics. I like daffidols, but LOVE tulips and daisies. Cant wait for those to get here.

Jana @ Treehouse Herbs said...

beautiful! the daffodils are done here - it's nice to see them captured :)

Ta said...

I love daffodils. I have always thought that if i ever get married...Daffodils would make such a great bouquet.