Saturday, May 30, 2020

A Season of Daffodils

Well, last year was a rather rough year for me, and this year has been rough for everyone with the coronavirus and everything going on.  I count my blessings, though, as my family is staying healthy and able to do work and school remotely.  With health issues in the family, we will be home for quite awhile, so we are very grateful for a yard - and, of course, a garden.

We had a really cool spring, so the daffodils were later to bloom, but they seemed to last forever.  Even the snow we got in the middle of APRIL(!) didn't seem to slow them down or hurt them at all.

Daffodils are among my favorites, and they were such a joy to see in the garden this spring.  There is just something so cheerful about them, and they really helped to lift my spirits.

Clockwise from top left: Narcissus 'Audubon', N. 'Bell Song', N. 'Acropolis', daffodils with Tulip clusiana 'Tubergen's Gem', N. 'Tahiti'

I was gone so much last spring helping my mom when she was ill, that there were a few varieties I had planted the fall of 2018 that I saw in bloom for the first time this year.

Narcissus 'Firebrand'
miniature daffodil 'Little Sunray'
There are a few varieties missing from the garden this year.  I'm not sure whether to blame bulb flies or the strange couple of winters we've had with cycles of rain and freezing instead of our normal snow cover.  But then again there are other varieties that have multiplied.

N. 'Thalia'
N. 'Hawera'
With the cold weather I find myself cutting and bringing daffodils inside more often.  I am enjoying having flowers in the house this year...

...especially the fragrant ones.  I smelled the flowers from this heirloom white variety before I even saw them.

Narcissus albus plenus odoratus
Now at the end of May, the temperatures are heating up, and daffodil season is winding down.  These are some of the last of them clipped from the garden.

Until next year, lovely daffodils.

Happy gardening, dear readers, and stay safe.

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