Daffodils have about finished here. Pictured here from previous years so you can see the various cultivars. These are a few of my very favorites that perform well here. This is an old draft I never published, still timely.
Thalia -- I can't readily find a photo of Thalia, a fragrant triandrus that should be in every garden. A late bloomer and always a thrill to find in bloom. Sometimes I notice the fragrance before I see the flowers. Ice Wings is like a miniature Thalia and Hawera is like a pale yellow minature Thalia.
Ice Follies, 2012
Pink Charm and Sailboat, 2011
Tete a Tete and Jet Fire, 2011
Rip Van Winkle was planted with these.
Rip had great foliage every year, never bloomed once.
Jet Fire 2013
Tahiti, spicy fragrant, 2012
Have you noticed that some Daffodils are inexpensive as compared to others? Generally, the more expensive cultivars are hybrids prized by Daffodil enthusiasts who place their best blooms in Daffodil shows. For a garden planting, the least expensive give more for the money.
Daffodil hybridizers are freqently Pacific Northwest growers. Their bulbs tend to bloom beautifully for me. One time. I don't know if it is my winter or my summer, but they tend to peter out. I now put my money in old, tried and true bulbs.
Trumpet Daffodil, 2013
No longer do I strive for a Daffodil Hill except for what's already near the Stick House. I just buy a few bulbs and plant them on the end of a bed somewhere. This past fall I bought a bag of fifty bulbs. As best I remember they were 'King Alfred type' -- the original King Alfred daffodils are no longer seen in the trade. 'Unsurpassable' which is Miss Billie's favorite can sometimes be located, another large Trumpet that will bloom here.
I put more than half at the end of a curved bed just past a small Camellia and the rest down between some rocks in a bed along the driveway, most in a single bed and a handful on the opposite side. I overplanted with some poppy seeds and larkspur.
Poppies and Larkspur will follow the bloom of these Daffodils and
hide the foliage, Spring 2013
Mama always used Shirley poppies over her tulip beds, but I like a mix of corn poppies, California poppies, Opium poppies and larkspur for a cottage effect. The early spring beds never turn out the same because they sprout as randomly as I plant. You never know when a single daffodil will bloom in an unexpected spot, or a handful.
Got Daffodils? Have a favorite?