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Daffodils for Charlotte

March 29th, 2012

I promised my friend Charlotte a parade of daffodils. She works at Peaceful Valley Farm Supply (aka Grow Organic) and she has a blog called Daffodil Planter (now you can see why she was asking to see my daffodils). Here’s a parade of daffodils that have been blooming in my garden over the past month.

The daffodils in my garden range in color from the brightest yellow you can get to the palest yellow that almost looks white. I have big ones and small ones, tall ones and squat ones. I never was much a fan of the bright yellow ones, but then I discovered that they came in all shapes, sizes and colors that weren’t quite so obnoxious.

I don’t know the varieties of the daffodils pictured below, a few were here when we arrived, others were purchased in a bag labeled “daffodils” at the store. This small buttery yellow double narcissus I purchased the first fall we lived here, but I have long since lost the information on what variety they were. I think they’re ‘White Lion’ but I’m not positive.

This past fall I added ‘Small Talk’ and ‘Little Gem’ to the front lawn. They only grow 4-6 inches tall and are so perfect blooming just above the grass. They’re so tiny and intriguing and perfect mixed with crocuses and muscari.

Last fall I also added bluebells and tiny narcissus along the pathway through the maple grove in the back of the garden. These beautiful ‘Minnow’ narcissus are really love. They have multiple tiny multi colored blossoms that float above each stem. They’re so dainty and beautiful, it’s hard to believe their so rugged.

I wish I had planted more daffodils in my garden over the years, they’re such hardy bulbs, multiplying with ease and never bothered by burrowing pests or foraging deer like tulips are. Once you bury a bulb in the garden you’re pretty much guaranteed that it will come back year after year in increasing numbers.

Do you like daffodils? Any blooming in your garden?

If you’re looking for a good prices and a great selection of daffodils and narcissus bulbs head on over to Van Engelen.

30 Comments to “Daffodils for Charlotte”
  1. daisy on March 29, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Ohhhh, daffs are one of my all-time favorites. I haven’t had any luck growing them here, too hot I guess. What a lovely sight in your garden. I definitely have bulb envy! Enjoy!

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  2. Kathi Cook on March 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    So pretty! I favor the white varieties. Van Engelen’s is 2 towns over from me. I have purchased from them as well. My favorite image is the one with the four varieties on the log.

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  3. Victoria on March 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

    My fav – I add more and more every year! Something about those bright yellow blooms on an overcast day…Love them!

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  4. Maura on March 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I’m not much of a daffodil person, but IS THAT A BRITISH BLUE IN YOUR GARDEN? What a lovely cat. *snuggles*

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    • Susy on March 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      He’s not a British Blue – just a wonderful domestic shorthair that showed up on our doorstep a few years ago on a cold late November evening. His personality more than makes up for his lack of breeding :)

      His name is Dexter (aka Big D).

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      • Maura on March 30, 2012 at 7:25 am

        Our British Blue was a rescue. He was likely not a pure breed, but the vet said that the “Blue” markings and personalities are very strong. Those Blue genes probably popped up in your kitty.

        I love how our kitties find and adopt us ;-)

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      • Susy on March 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

        I’ll have to read up on British Blue traits to see, perhaps that’s why he’s so fantastic – my favorite cat (SSSHHH, don’t tell the others).

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  5. Teresa on March 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Love daffodils! They drive my husband a bit crazy because I have to let the leaves remain until they start to yellow and he thinks it looks untidy, but I manage to sneak in a few more here and there where he won’t notice the wilting leaves so much.

    And I agree–lovely kitty.

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  6. Kelly on March 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    How do you find your tiny daffodils do in the grass once it’s time to mow? They look lovely, and I’d love to try it…

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    • Susy on March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

      They’re usually spent and done by the time it’s ready for the first mowing. I don’t put weed & feed on my lawn or any organic fertilizer until the daffodils are done blooming and the leaves are starting to wither. Usually the grass is tall enough to mow about the time the daffodils are ready to be cut.

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  7. Allison on March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    We have daffodils all over our farm, all planted here before we moved in. I am more of a tulip fan, but I love seeing them pop up! It means Spring is on the way!

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  8. K.B. on March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Daffodils are, hands down, my favourite flower. I cannot wait until I can get around to doing the flower beds here – there will be tons of daffs!

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  9. Louise on March 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hi Susy,

    I believe that the name of the Daffodil in pic #4 is called:
    Narcissus /Daffodil, cultivar – ‘Cheerfulness’. They sure are lovely.

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    • Susy on March 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Thanks Louise

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  10. Emmon on March 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Wow, the 2nd photo, of the flowers on the dark log, against the texture of the bark, just blew me away! I’m taking a photography class right now and that one would get rave reviews from the instructor!

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    • Susy on March 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, I like it too.

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  11. Lona on March 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

    They are marvelous. I love the mass plantings. The little blooms are so sweet.

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  12. Donna B. on March 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I’m a fan of daff’s, mainly because I know my squirrels don’t like them… hehe!
    Eee! I’m so happy you’ve identified the ‘Minnow’ narcissus! Now I know what I have! Like you I purchased a mixed bag just labelled “Daffodils”… at least it’s entertaining to see what comes up!
    I might have to purchase from Van Engelen – I love the unique ones you have posted here!

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  13. Brittany on March 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Beautiful! I have some like in picture seven, the bright yellow ones, and some with double petaled blooms of pale yellow.

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  14. Maybelline on March 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I never realized that daffodills have a scent until this spring.

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  15. bonnie on March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    “Daffy down dilly has come to town
    In a yellow petticoat and a green gown.”

    I have a good assortment of daffodils in my yard. ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ is blooming now (looks similar to ‘Cheerfulness’), near the end of daffodil season here.

    I like flowers with a story, and one of my daffodil’s has a story. Around 40 years ago, a boy was supposed to take some daffodils from his mom to another classmate’s mom. My brother was not supposed to be involved in the exchange, but he was compelled on the school bus to “hold these for me.” The boy who was charged with the exchange forgot to get them, my brother brought them home, and our Mom who had nothing to do with the exchange, planted them.
    They have been passed on, and I have several good size clumps of them myself.

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    • Susy on March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      What a great story!

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    • KimH on March 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Haha… great story.. Maybe the original story was just made up.. kinda like squash on the neighbors porch or something. ;)

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  16. bonnie on March 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    oops – didn’t mean to put that apostrophe in daffodils

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  17. KimH on March 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Oh my gosh.. They’re all beautiful… I want more more more in my tiny world ;)
    I love both Cheerfulness & White Lion.. beautiful! ♥

    That Minnow.. I want to get my hands on a couple, press them in a very large book (I have no flower press) and then frame them in one or two really neat frames when they’re dried.. Sigh.. I love flower art..
    I havent run into a flower in Ohio that made me want to do that, but that one does.. ;)

    Beautiful photos.. they bring me much joy… Thanks! :)

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  18. Sherri on March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, those pics made me SO homesick! I miss my garden on the West Coast as we are still dealing with melting snow here on the prairie… The ground is still frozen so we are a long ways off from seeing anything other than brown. LOVE your garden pictures – they always brighten my day!

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  19. Charlotte Germane 'Daffodil Planter" on March 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you Susy! Your post captures the delicacy and resilience of daffodils — and that photo on the log is a new classic! I hope you will let me include your post in the 2012 Daffodil Blogorama, coming in a few weeks?

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    • Susy on March 30, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Sure thing – I have all these photos over on my Flickr in case you need to use any of them.

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  20. Ngofamilyfarm on March 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Stunning! I have a patch of yellow oes – the stems are up, just waiting on the blooms! :)

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  21. Janet, The Queen of Seaford on April 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    How nice of you to do a post just for Charlotte. She was kind enough to use one I had already done! Our daffs came so much earlier this year. Love your collection of daffodils. Minnow is really a cutie.
    I bought a mixed bag of daffs and wish I knew what each one was!

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