Thursday, April 13, 2017

Daffodil Explosion

Ah, daffodils, one of my absolute favorites!  Who doesn't love those cheerfully bright yellow blooms after a long dreary winter?  Here in my garden, it's always a much-anticipated race to see which daffodil blooms first.   The winner is usually the somewhat unspellable 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', which can even bloom in March here.  This year, sadly, the ones that were almost about to open by the end of March saw their buds zapped by an April Fool's Day freeze.

(That wasn't funny, Mother Nature.  Really.)

Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'
This week, however, the temperatures have risen back up for several amazingly beautiful days, and several varieties of daffodils were all ready and waiting to bloom.


It was a glorious explosion of daffodils in the garden.

miniature daffodils in the hellstrip
Technically tied for first spring daffodil blooms were the tardy 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' flowers that managed to avoid the April Fool's freeze...

Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation'
...and the little 'Tete-a-Tete' daffodils, which opened at the same time.

Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'
But they were quickly followed by other daffodils that were eager to strut their stuff.  We had some big bloomers...

Narcissus 'Ice Follies'
and lots of little miniatures...

Narcissus 'Topolino'
and even the tiniest, daintiest little daffodil in the garden came out for the nice weather.

Narcissus 'Mite' starting to open
I adore daffodil season.  There's something about planting all those sleeping bulbs in good faith in fall and getting to see the result when they wake up after winter to joyfully herald the return of spring.

Narcissus 'Monal' starting to open
Here is to many more to follow.
Happy gardening!



16 comments:

  1. I always associate daffodils with Easter. I don't know why. My daffodils finished flowering weeks ago. Your daffodils bloom just in time. Happy Easter Indie!

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    1. Happy Easter! It's wonderful to have some flowers in bloom for Easter.

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  2. I like your tiny, dainty daffodils. Very cute :)

    Yes, daffodils are *very* welcome toward the tail-end of winter.

    Hope you enjoy a beautiful Spring!!

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    1. Thank you! I wish you a beautiful spring,as well!

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  3. I love daffodils. I had the same thing happen with some of mine--the buds were ready to pop, and then we had a freeze and cold rainy weather. But the others are blooming now like yours. We're on the same schedule--just in time for Easter! :) Lovely photos!

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    1. I've very glad the freeze only caught a few buds and there were more to bloom now! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  4. Your daffodil collection is beautiful. I could not decide which one could be my favorite, I love them all! I am curious, do you lift them after blooming to replant in fall or do you leave them in ground all year?

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    1. I leave them in all year unless they are getting too crowded and need to be divided. Thankfully they are very hardy!

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  5. Hi Indie, The weather certainly has been wonderful. Your Daffs are wonderful. They are so cheery, aren't they? I love miniature flowers and the mini Daffs tug at my heart....hmmmm...where to put them, where to put them.... Happy Gardening!

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    1. That's one of the things I love about miniatures - there's always room for one more!

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  6. Daffodils are also a favorite of mine and yours are gorgeous! Like welcome bits of sunshine at our feet.

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    1. I like that analogy! They do bring sunshine to the garden.

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  7. You sure have a lot of daffodils. They come up here but mostly they don't bloom. I have day lilies blooming now.

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    1. That's too bad. I wonder if it is too warm for a lot of daffodils there where you live.

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  8. Thank you! I have a bunch of 'Ice Follies' but had forgotten the name. You are indeed having a beautiful explosion of Daffodils.

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    1. You're welcome! I hate when I can't identify a plant. I am currently making a list of what varieties of daffodils I have in what bed so that I can keep track of them better!

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