One afternoon in early May I was browsing the plants at a local nursery. There was another woman shopping there, and we looked at each other. She was wearing a long down winter coat; I was wearing my fleece and winter hat. "Only New Englanders would be dressed like this while plant shopping," she commented dryly.
Ah, spring in New England. It's been a rollercoaster of cold and rainy mixed with unexpectedly warm and sunny (that early thaw! that late freeze!), but it's made for a long season of spring blooms this year - especially for my favorites, the daffodils.
This year I got to go to the Daffodil Show at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. It the first Daffodil Show I've seen, and while others said it was quite small this year, due to being in the middle of the week and a very rainy one at that, I loved it. It was so interesting to see the different types of daffodils - and get ideas for which ones I want for next year...
|Clockwise from top right:|
Narcissus 'Actaea', Narcissus 'Sentinel', Narcissus 'Oh Wow',
collections of pink-cupped daffodils,
a split corona miniature! Narcissus 'Itsy Bitsy Splitsy',
It was hard to pick a favorite out of the show, but I think Narcissus 'Chipper' has stolen my heart. I just love this division of daffodils, called the Triandrus Daffodils, with their nodding heads and swept back petals.
In honor of this nice long daffodil season, I've decided to highlight some of my favorites from my own garden this year. They might not win a prize at an awards show, but I enjoy them nonetheless! Here are my awards for just some of the beloved daffodils here at the Red House Garden:
The Earliest Daffodil Award:
(aka The Most Anticipated Daffodil)
|Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'|
The last days of winter are usually spent in eager anticipation of the first daffodil to bloom, and Narcissus 'Rijnveld’s Early Sensation' is usually it. This year they started blooming on March 11 and kept on blooming despite late snow and freezing weather. Definitely an award winner in my book!
The Cutest Daffodil Award:
The pictures I have (taken on my phone) of the miniature 'Mite' Daffodils sadly do not do them justice. These are teeny tiny little daffodils, and oh so adorable!
(aka Plays Well With Others)
|Narcissus 'Thalia' with 'Blue Giant' Glory-of-the-Snow|
The Showiest Daffodil Award:
...and then turn a fabulous coral color.
Most Unusual Looking Daffodil Award:
(aka Looks Least Like a Daffodil)
|Narcissus 'Trepolo', a Split Corona Daffodil|
Unusual and unexpected-looking daffodils are so much fun to have in the garden. They add a different look, but are usually still as easy to grow and as critter-proof as the standard yellow trumpet varieties.
There are so many different and beautiful varieties of daffodils that it is easy to catch 'yellow fever', as it's called by daffodil lovers! Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, and I'm thankful that this year's season has lasted so long. The first daffodil bloomed on March 11, and different daffodils were in bloom from then until now near the end of May. My last to bloom, the miniature Narcissus 'Baby Moon', are finishing off the daffodil season with their diminutive, sweetly-scented flowers.
|Narcissus 'Baby Moon'|
Do you have a favorite daffodil?