Thursday, March 25, 2010

Daffodil Season Lasts More than a Month

I haven't shown you all my Daffodils. Daffodil season lasts roughly a month, extended by planting early bulbs like old fashioned trumpets and late bulbs like Jack Snipe and Salome, yet to bloom here. Little Minnow has put up a tentative blossom, usually reluctant to bloom at all. Maybe he's planted too deep. Rip Van Winkle, which came in a comination of miniatures, has never bloomed. I dug him up and replanted, thinking he might wake from that long nap. Every year I get marvelous uniquely glaucous foliage but no blossoms.

I showed you the early bloomers: Trumpets and Large Cups including Ice Follies, Fortune, Juanita and Carlton around Bloom Day. The Thirteenth, the Fifteenth and the Sixteenth you saw those and The Doubles, Erhlicheer and Ice King. Minis Little Gem, Tete a Tete, Jet Fire, February Gold and Topolino, Jonquila Sweetness and some ancient Tazettas that we call Narcissus -- they are all Narcissus, botanically.

 



Now blooming are Triandrus: Thalia, Ice Wings and Hawera; Jonquilla Sailboat, Doubles Tahiti and Van Sion, and the lovely Large Cup, Pink Charm.

If I had to choose a favorite it would probably be Ice Follies. A Large Cup that does well in the south, Ice Follies was one of the first I planted here. Its season here was extended because I planted new bulbs last fall. Many of them bloomed a little late.

Ice Follies fades to white as it matures.



My favorite of the new bulbs might be Tahiti.

I can hardly wait to see Salome. Who's waiting to bloom at your place?

26 comments:

  1. Great collection here..I still have Daffs emerging from the soil, some in bud mode and some finishing up....

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  2. What a wonderful parade of Daffodils Nell Jean! I love Thalia! I have many shoots breaking ground! ;>)

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  3. Your spring garden is beautiful! You have a lot of variety. I love the colors of the Tahiti.

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  4. My Tete-a-Tetes are nearly done and multiple other narcissi are on their way to filling my gardens with early cheer. Love the scent of Thalia.

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  5. What a lovely selection. Ours have only just started to come out here in the Midlands of the UK

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  6. You have a nice collection! Ours are almost in full bloom finally. A few have been a little slower than others but the gardens are finally getting some color!

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  7. Nell_Jean: Thanks for sharing! Since we don't grow Daffodil here in florida, just seeing the pictures are a sweet treat for me! Van Sion and double Tahiti are my favorites!

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  8. Thanks for identifying my daffodil Nell. They do look like Ice Follies. I really like your Pink Charms.

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  9. You've really inspired me with your daffodils. I've just ordered some Carlton's and Campernelle's to plant this fall. I've read that those two have wonderful fragrance and do well in the deeper South where I live.

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  10. I hope mine lasts a month. The first clump bloomed a week ago so I may have another three weeks.

    Do you find certain varieties aren't as perennial? For instance the split cup and the pinks. I know I have both and so far nothing in that color this year. I do have several that haven't bloomed yet.

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  11. You are so smart to know the names to all your daffodils! I just call mine Daffys or Buttercups as my brain will not retain anymore info on them. I added a few more two days ago and am happy the ones planted from last year are doing well this spring.

    I am so glad you posted on Rye Grass. I hate how dead our yard looks during the winter. We have a mix of Centipede and St. Augustine and I have wondered if over seeding with Rye in the winter would hurt them. I think we may give this a try next winter! Thanks for the post…

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  12. I'm not sure I'd be able to pick one favorite daffodil. They're all so beautiful. I do wish we could grow them here in central Florida. Enjoy your spring beauties!

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  13. Ice Follies are my favorite too. They've been going strong now for a while and I simply love them all.

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  14. I've really been enjoying your daffodils. I'm just starting to see some daffodil foliage poking up out of the ground, but no sign of buds yet. -Jean

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  15. I really like the way you displayed your collection of daffodils in this post. I bought all of my daffodils as naturalizing collections, and I never knew the names of many of them. I see that you and I have many of the same ones. Now I know their names. Hooray!

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  16. You have some very large clumps there! You must have had those daffodils a long time.

    I love the Thalia. I discovered those through other blogs a couple of years ago and got some - love them!!

    I also have a a handful of other varieties. I have found that some do not bloom every year. In fact, I had some that didn't bloom for 5 years, but kept multiplying. Then they all bloomed one year. Glad I didn't give up on them!

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  17. Hi Nell Jean,
    When my eyes landed on your blog, I noticed the header and loved the look of the blog. Then, when I scrolled down and saw your collages, it was even more of a treat. You have some great daffodils. I have a few in bud now.

    Thanks for your comments on my kitchen. Yes, I have baking sheets and my broiler pan in one of the cupboards, and serving dishes and cutting boards in the other. None of that was there before, as that is where the dishwasher was. I have the "homey" part posted now. I've made some changes since those photos were taken, but one may not be able to tell so much by looking at the photos.

    Happy spring!

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  18. Hi, Nell Jean, Lovely post! I learn something each time I visit. This time I learned about planting daffs that bloom at different times to extend the season. So obvious, but I hadn't thought about it. Thanks. Pam x

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  19. I have enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful daffodils. I am pleasantly surprised that their bloom period lasts so long - how wonderful!

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  20. I can't get enough of all your lovely daffodils Nell Jean! Your photos are giving me great inspiration as I think about adding a few more bulbs to my garden over the next few weeks.

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  21. Beautiful collection. Other than roses, I think daddofils are my fav.... Thanks for sharing these.

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  23. "And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils." Exactly how I feel when I even see photos of daffs. Your collection is awesome...mine is nothing like that, but like yours they do last a long time. They're like sunflowers--you can't help but smile when they bloom.

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  24. There are all splendid Nell Jean~~I think the first named variety i bought (after King Alfred) were Ice Follies they are still among my favorites. Can all our daffs be out favorites? gail

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  25. I think Gail has it -- they are all favorites. Daffodils are one of the few plants that the oldest, most inexpensive are among the most beautiful.

    We are getting near the end of the last to bloom. Only two are left that I'm aware, one of which is Baby Moon. Minnow and Baby Moon are about the same size, tiny but beautiful.

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  26. I love seeing these! Most wouldn't work for us in Texas, but I treasure visiting yours. You've got a fine collection.

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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