Trumpets are the daffodils that most of us know, the big yellow blossoms that herald spring. Some have both perianth and trumpet in brightest yellow; some have white petals and a yellow cup, some have an orange cup. All are beautiful. I stopped worrying about the names of the big daffodils and just plant bags of mixed daffodils intended for southern gardens without worry.
Mixes usually have both Trumpets and Large Cups. The difference is in the length of the cup. Among my favorite Large Cupped daffodils are Juanita and Ice Follies. Carlton is one that is most often sold among the large Cups and recommended for the south.
Large Cups yet to bloom in my garden include Pink Charm and Salome.
Double Daffodils in bloom now include Ice King, a sport of Ice Follies, and Erlicheer. If the weather is too warm, Ice King may sometimes revert to the single Ice Follies. After the extended cold in February, Ice King is beautifully doubled.
Erlicheer blasted in 2009 when February was unusually warm as the buds formed. They dried up and died in the perianth. This year they're making a great show, if a bit late. Double Tahiti is formng buds.
I'm showing the littles together that are blooming now. The Cyclamineus Jetfire, well named because of the orange cup and very reflexed petals is one of my faves. It first blooms yellow and I have it planted with some little Tete a Tetes so I can tell which is which. Tete a Tete has no classification. It is a prolific grower here.
Little Gem and Topolina are miniature Trumpets, both early bloomers; Sweetness is a Jonquilla.
Yet to bloom are Jonquillas: Hillstar, Sailboat and tiny Baby Moon.
None of the triandrus here are blooming yet: Thalia, Ice Wings and Hawera.
The heirloom Tazetta that we call Narcissus is blooming, as are rescued forced paperwhites.
The double heirloom that may be Van Sion has buds.
Both were here before I was.
Planting both early and late cultivars extends the daffodil season.
I've always aspired to a River of Muscari just like the photos at Keukenhof. I finally settled for a Trickle, which has dwindled to a few drops. I've tried different cultivars, including starch hyacinths. It just isn't going to happen, my River, not even a tiny Stream.
But Look! Those are seedlings of Larkspur behind the Muscari!