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Sunny Yellow Daffodils

March 26th, 2010

Daffodils are workhorses when it comes to flowering spring bulbs. They’re tough as nails and seem to take whatever you throw at them. I have a few planted in dry sandy areas and some in wet clay areas and they all do well.

On Wednesday morning I noticed the first daffodil blooming in the front garden. This is a bulb that I planted last fall. It looks like the wild daffodils you see blooming along the roads here in rural Ohio.

Daffodils are lovely spring flowers, their sunny colors seem to come when the days get longer and brighter. It’s like they bring the sun with them when they bloom. I have several different kinds of daffodils, so I will have these lovely yellow blooms for many weeks in the garden. Since they contain a poisonous crystal, I don’t have trouble with the local wildlife feasting on them like I do with tulips and crocuses. I’ll keep adding more to the garden since I know they’ll actually make it to the blooming stage.

Personally tulips are my favorite spring blooming flower, but with the deer around here I don’t get to see many of mine bloom. I have to resign myself to going to the Longwood Gardens tulip show to see them and settle for growing daffodils in the gardens here. But according to the National Daffodil Society: Depending on which botanist you talk to, there are between 40 and 200 different daffodil species, subspecies or varieties of species and over 25,000 registered cultivars (named hybrids) divided among the thirteen divisions of the official classification system.

Looks like I have a few more varieties I can incorporate into the gardens. Old House Gardens has so many wonderful heirloom varieties. Perhaps this fall I’ll buy a few new kinds.

What’s your favorite spring blooming flower?

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  2. Tree on March 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I love Daffodils. When I was younger I found a circle of them growing wild in the feilds behind my home. I would get up every morning and pick a basket of them, sort them into bunches and put them out at the roadside. I made $1000 in one spring for getting up and playing in the wildflowers, I was very sad when we moved from that home.
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  3. Melissa on March 26, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I’m a daffodil fan, too. But I must say, it’s when the pear and cherry trees bloom that my heart leaps. Ours are in all their glory this week. Gorgeousness. : ) Melissa
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  4. Kelly on March 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Lilac – not quite what you intended, I think, but I’m deeply in love with lilacs.

    I’m jealous that you have a bloomed daffodil. Mine just sent up the bloom stalks and are still pretty tightly closed. There’s a time-gap between the crocus and the daffodil that i need to fill with something pretty. Any suggestions? It’d need to be deer-proof and perennial.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Spring Fever =-.

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    • Susy on March 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

      I have had good luck with Scilla. They bloom right at the tail end of the crocuses and on through the daffodils. They’re tiny little bulbs with tiny blooms. I don’t know if they’re specifically deer resistant, but they last in my garden unlike tulips, so I’m guessing they’re pretty good. I’ve been reading that if you plant tulips/crocuses/other bulbs mixed with daffodils the deer won’t bother them. This works for crocuses in my mom’s garden.

      Here’s a post I did about Scilla or Siberian Squill last year: http://chiotsrun.com/2009/03/31/plant-spotlight-scilla-siberian-squill/

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  5. Dave on March 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Daffodils are great! I hope to add more an more each year. This fall I’m thinking of planting a drift of them in the grass which should look near. The deer and rabbits don’t touch them at all.
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  6. MAYBELLINE on March 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Hyacinth
    Lilac
    Wisteria
    Citrus
    I just cannot decide.
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  7. Jennifer Krieger on March 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Daffodils it is! That color just jumps out at me.
    Last year i planted irises and the first one is showing a rich purple blossom. Hosanna.,
    And my wisteria is blooming, long languourus flowers. This is the first wisteria that has survived for me and I expect great things from it.
    Jenny

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  8. Pampered Mom on March 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hyacinths – definitely Hyacinths. Though, any Spring blooming flower is welcome after the long winter!
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  9. Amy on March 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Lilac, daffodils, crocus, pansies…..;) We had snow here today in Northern Kentucky and I awoke to find my daffs with bowed heads. I have been checking on them periodically and they seem to be perking up as the day goes on. I am determining to be optimistic: I am taking the advice of “Almanzo’s father” and turning it over into my vegetable patch. He says it is the best fertilizer…..we shall see. “Last night, there came a frost, which has done great damage to my garden…. It is sad that Nature will play such tricks on us poor mortals, inviting us with sunny smiles to confide in her, and then, when we are entirely within her power, striking us to the heart.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  10. Helen on March 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I didnt know that daffodils had some sort of poisonous crystal in them! I love most spring bulbs apart from imperial fritillary

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