Daffodils 2010

The official sign of spring at the Fairegarden each year is the blooming of the daffodils, specifically the very early Narcissus pseudonarcissus. This prolific naturalizer came with the property and has been spread to every bed, for the bloom time is two weeks ahead of all others and is the most welcome of sights after gazing for months at the mind numbing dreary shades of winter. A post was written about that spreading last year, click here-Here, There And Everywhere to view it. Spring arrived late this year making the daff bloom parade that much more appreciated. A page of the spring bulbs titled Plants We Grow-Spring Bulbs is under construction and will be available for year around clicking on the sidebar listing. The goal is to have an image of each flower, with emphasis on the daffodils, the most numerous bulbs growing here. Shall we begin?

Narcissus pseudonarcissus

N. ‘Jetfire’

N. ‘Little Gem’

N. ‘Van Sion’

N. ‘Ice Follies’

N. ‘Mount Hood’

N. ‘Pink Pride’

N. ‘Audubon’

N. ‘Lorikeet’

N. ‘Scarlet Gem’

N. ‘Salome’

N. ‘Tahiti’

N. ‘Gentle Giant’

N. ‘Red Hill’

N. ‘Geranium’

N. ‘Limbo’

N. ‘Fidelity’

N. ‘Angel Eyes’ (Poeticus type) This is not the right name, name unknown

N. bulbocodium ‘Golden Bells’

N. ‘Cheerfulness’

N. ‘Sinopel’

N. ‘Actaea’

N. ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’

The remaining varieties will be added to this post and the page as they are captured on pixels. They will also be included in another post if the editor deems it to be so. What often happens is a drastic warming of temperatures come April that shortens the spring bulb season. Several of the latest daffs to bloom have never had a portrait made. Perhaps this year will be the one to showcase them all. The utmost effort will be made to do just that. Focus, Frances, focus.

For more words about the daffodils growing here, check out these previous posts from the archives:

Daffodil Hit Parade-Mid Season Blooms 2008
Late Daffs, The End Of An Era 2008
Here, There And Everywhere2009
Some Bulbs 2009


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47 Responses to Daffodils 2010

  1. gittan says:

    Wonderful, Beautiful, Adorable, Lovely, Great… and then I ran out of words “lol” / kram gittan

    Thanks Gittan. I am trying to get everything onto lists, like the daylilies, the daffs are fun to capture.

  2. Sylvia (England) says:

    Frances, you have a lovely show of daffodils and a great variety. I don’t have many tall daffodils in my garden, but they are all around so I grow the smaller ones. At least their leaves are not so obvious as they die down. I really must plant a lot more dwarf daffodils this year – I say that every year though I have some in pots!

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

    Hi Sylvia, thanks. That is the downside of the tall daffs, the fading foliage. What works best for us is to have other perennials that rise up and cover them. Daylilies work great for that, as do hostas and many other sturdy stalwarts. As to bulbs, more is always better! πŸ™‚

    • Deirdre says:

      WSU, Washington State’s agricultural college, did a study once on Daffodil foliage. The ones that had their foliage cut off six weeks after bloom did as well or better than those that had the foliage fully ripened. Six weeks is about the time when the foliage flops. I’ve been cutting the foliage off when it flops for over twenty years. My daffodils are just fine with that.

      In your experience which is the reddest of the daffodils? I’m thinking some red cupped daffs around my red barked Acer ‘Pheonix’ would be fabulous. I’d be happy to hear from anyone else on what they consider the reddest daffodil.

      Thanks for that, Deirdre. We usually wait until they are laying flat on the ground to cut, the ones that aren’t covered by other perennials. That is the easiest way, planting something like daylilies nearby that covers the whole mess. As for the red ones, I don’t have any that could be considered red, but would love to have some like that. I would check the Van Engelen online catalog, or Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Those are my two sources, but pictures can lie. πŸ™‚

  3. Edith Hope says:

    Dear Frances, I have delighted in this posting which does at last confirm with its mass of spring cheer that the year is on the turn and we can now, with confidence, anticipate the joys to come.

    If you were to garden in Britain, then with the huge range of Narcissus which you have in your garden you would be well on the way to establishing a National Collection.

    It is such a good idea to create a log of your spring bulbs. For me, without a camera, without the technical skill, and without the patience this, I fear, will never happen. Still, I shall enjoy looking at yours.

    Thanks Edith. It is always a surprise at how many varieties are growing here, but some have only one patch, like Gentle Giant. The show is mostly made up of Rijnveld, but we are working to spread the wealth, so to speak. A year ago I would have said that making the lists of what grows here would be impossible, but decided to chip, chip away at it. A journey begins with one step. πŸ™‚

  4. Barbara H. says:

    What a joy to see the varieties you have – with names! I was blessed to have several varieties of bulbs already planted when I moved here. You’ve given me the idea of taking close ups so I might be able to identify them at some point. I do love bulbs, I just don’t like to plant them.

    Thanks Barbara. A few came with the property here, Rijnveld, Mt. Hood, Tahiti, Ice Follies. These have been identified with those close ups you mention. Rijnveld was the most difficult to pin down, but the bloom time was the key. I love planting the fall bulbs, but so often dig into something else when digging. I now plant them somewhere safe then move them when everything is up.

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The daffs are blooming up a storm here too. Unfortunately the weather is too warm for them to last very long this year. You have quite a wide variety of colors. I like the pink edged one. I will be on the lookout for one of those.

    I hope your weather cools down some, Lisa. Ours too. We want the show to last as long as possible. I got those pink ones at Lowes several years ago.

  6. Joy says:

    Frances girl you have so many gorgeous ones it is hard to pick one as a favorite .. mine haven’t gotten to that stage yet so I am really looking forward to seeing a few of them : )
    Mean while I can drool over yours ? LOL
    Funny enough that all white one really caught my eye πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Joy. The daffs do like to have their portrait made, as long as the wind keeps still. Your drooling does help with the water bill here. πŸ™‚

  7. mothernaturesgarden says:

    I am loving the daffodil show, Francis. I must look for Lorikeet.

    Thanks Donna. Lorikeet came from Van Engelen, Scheepers should also have it, their little sister organization.

  8. Les says:

    Thanks for the great spot on the street to see the parade. This has to be the most economical, satisfying plant anyone can grow. Nothing eats them, they get bigger and better every year, and they have an amazing amnesic quality making you forget the bad weather of the previous months.

    Thanks Les, it is a parade. I agree about their ease, these have withstood years of attacks by the voles without harm. I am now planting poisonous things in the worst vole ravaged spot, like Foxgloves. Nothing is as welcome as the first daffs. πŸ™‚

  9. Layanee says:

    Not just yellow anymore and you have so many varieties and you have kept good records as to which are which. They sure say spring to me.

    Thanks Layanee. I haven’t bought any new ones in a couple of years, it might be time to add some more. I am an accountant, retired, record keeping is second nature to me. lol πŸ™‚

  10. Frances – how could you pick a favorite out of all these delightful blooms? As I scrolled down the page I kept thinking “ooh, that’s my favorite”, “no, that one is”, “uh, oh, a new favorite”.

    Thanks Heather. My favorite is easily Rijnveld, for its early bloom time, two full weeks if not more ahead of the rest. It naturalizes like no other, making blooming size babies in a heartbeat. Others might be fancier, but if I had to pick only one to grow, Rijnveld wins hands down. πŸ™‚

  11. Frances – what a wonderful show! Thanks for labeling all of those for us.

    BTW, thanks to your influence– I now have stipa ‘Ponytails’! A local greenhouse had gallon pots, each with 3 plants, for $5. I have 9 plants and now I don’t know where to plant them because I can use them in so many places! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Cameron. Good deal on the Stipa/nasella! You will be so happy with it. I have spread it far and wide, it divides quite easily and even throws a few seedlings about, but not in a bad way. This grass gives more movement than any other, IMHO. πŸ™‚

  12. Randy says:

    So many that I like and we do not have! You have a great selection of daffs.

    I planted Little Gem and Tete a Tete fairly close to each other, can’t tell them apart. One seems to be shorter 6-10 inches the other about 12 inches, any clues about Little Gem I should know about? Also Quail looks like the ones i just mentioned but is taller and can have 4 blooms to a stalk, I really like it. Noticed you don’t have any minature daffodils?

    Thanks Randy. I do have Little Gem and a couple of others that have not bloomed yet, Golden Bells and a species that is a very late bloomer and nearly always gets fried by the heat. My Little Gem is shorter some years than others, depending on the rainfall I believe, but falls within both ranges that you mention. I thought Tete a Tete has smaller blooms.

  13. Lzyjo says:

    Stunning collection, Frances. I love seeing all the variety together. How do you pick a fave!

    Thanks Lzyjo. I don’t try to pick a fave, they are all so pretty, but if I had to choose only one to grow it would be Rijnveld, because it is so very early and makes so many babies to spread about. That first flush of yellow is like a shot in the arm of sunshine after the dreary winter.

  14. Frances, I shall have to look for Rijnveld this autumn, the earlier the better for me!
    Tete a Tete has just started flowering, the very warm weather, caused the snowdrops and aconites to finish quickly this year, boo!

    Hi Deborah, that is the one to have, because of the earliness, I agree completely. We are having a warm spell that is shortening many of the bulbs here as well, sad to say. I feel your pain.

  15. Frances I do believe you may have the WUD this year. That ‘Van Sion’ could be the World’s Ugliest daffodil. My WUD went and had plastic surgery and came out gorgeous this year.

    Oh, no doubt Van Sion is the WUD of the century, if not for all time. You should see them right now after this heat, the buds did not open, just turned into a brown mucky mess. If the buds didn’t look so cute before opening, I would dig out the clump. I thought yours was ravishing, not ugly at all, plastic surgery or no. πŸ™‚

  16. Diana says:

    Frances – What a lovely collection. I’ve only started collecting in the last two years – 7 different kinds, I think, but we don’t have a single one in common! Isn’t that interesting. I’ll be looking @ your blog to choose some for my next planting!

    Thanks Diana. It is good to know that you are able to grow the daffs well, we had trouble in Houston with them. There seems to be so many to choose from, I would like to add a few more early bloomers here, those do the best.

  17. gardeningasylum says:

    Hmmm – you’ve got me thinking about adding some non-yellows to the landscape. Pink Pride and Gentle Giant are very appealing πŸ™‚

    Thanks Cyndy, those are two very pretty ones. The pinks really look good with the emerging red leaves of the Japanese maples, if you have any of those, or other red leaf trees. πŸ™‚

  18. Darla says:

    Just how in the world am I to choose a favorite here? I do love the Lorikeet and the PinK Pride….have you ever seen a solid pink daff? I wonder if you have ever seen the Iris I posted today…Gingersnap?

    Hi Darla, thanks, those are two beauties. I have never seen a solid pink, but bet there are breeders somewhere working on just that, what a treasure that would be. I will dash right over and check out that iris, sounds like a color I would love! πŸ™‚

  19. You have such a selection, any non daff lover should be easily swayed to adoring them. They are all gorgeous, and thankfully so colorful.


    Thanks Jen. Non daff lover? Is there such a person? LOL πŸ™‚

  20. How exciting to see a rainbow of different varieties of daffodils! The daffodils in my yard and neighborhood are boring yellow and white. I love the intesnse orange center of Gentle Giant and the unique double flower of Tahiti.

    Thanks Sprouts and welcome. I agree, the orange and pink really make those later daffs stand out from the crowd. I believe both colors blend very well with the other things in bloom at the same time, flowering quince, primroses, emerging foliage of magic carpet spirea and the blue grape hyacinths. A great splash of spring! πŸ™‚

  21. Dee Nash says:

    Frances, I’m amazed you have so many labeled. I’ve tried, but I lose them. Funny I don’t with other plants, but there are so many daffs. Love yours. They are a welcome sign of spring aren’t they?~~Dee

    Thanks Dee. I have never bought any mixed bags, I believe that helps in knowing what is what. There were just a few that came with the property and they were common ones for the time the house was built, mid fifties. The rest I bought and tried to keep track of the names. Van Engelen’s great site helps my memory, and now they will be on the sidebar for easy lookups. πŸ™‚

  22. Becky says:

    I enjoyed this post so much!!! The names along with the wonderful photos are great!!!

    Thanks Becky, glad you enjoyed them. I should have made the names bigger in the photos, you can barely see them. Next batch and future ones will have to remember that. πŸ™‚


  23. Lona says:

    Hi Frances.Girl you have so many different varieties. I love the Pink Pride. What a beauty and Mount Hood too. Pretty daffs all.

    Hi Lona, thanks. Those are delicate and elegant choices with the pinks and whites. Very feminine. πŸ™‚

  24. Lola says:

    Frances, you have made my day. You have a large array of daffs & I love every one. I must check to see if they all will adapt to my garden.
    That is an ingenious way to help a person like myself to ID them. I’m glad you have put a name to all. Can’t wait to see the rest.
    Thanks bunches.

    Thanks Lola. I do hope you can grow at least some of these, they are so easy, critter proof and last for many years. One of my favorite sights is to see a batch of daffs waving in the breeze where a home used to stand out in the country. The building is long gone, but these flowers carry the memory of those who planted them. There are a few later ones, but this is the bulk of them.

  25. Liz says:

    Wow that’s an impressive number of of Daffodils, little wonder it feels like Spring has officially arrived for you, it must look stunning!

    Hi Liz, thanks and welcome. The daffs are the gateway drug to spring, it is true. The garden does look quite festive at the moment. Spring has sprung for sure. πŸ™‚

  26. You have so many different daffodils, I don’t think I could choose a favorite. While your spring is running behind, spring here is running a few weeks ahead, so we’re nearly at the same point.

    Glad to hear you are having an nice spring, MMD. We are still behind on some things, but others are catching up quickly with these above normals temps. I believe we are to cool back down to normal soon, back on with the light jackets instead of mid summer gear.

  27. Rose says:

    Frances, that first photo reminds me of Wordworth’s famous poem with the line about a thousand daffodils “dancing” in the breeze. Your garden just sings spring! This must have been an unusual spring for you, because most of my daffodils are blooming now, too, and you’re usually a few weeks or even a month ahead of us. They’re a welcome sight, though, whenever they arrive! Tahiti is a beauty.

    Thanks Rose. Only Rijnveld blooms with such density, what a joy they are. We were way behind, a good month, and are now catching back up. I am wondering what this will mean for the rest of the year? High rainfall has lessened the dogwood blooms, not a good year for them this time around, but still a few blooms. It’s always different each year, one thing will be great, others poor, always changing. The fun of gardening. πŸ™‚

  28. nancybond says:

    Lorikeet…sigh! What a spectacular bloom…and what a parade of daffodils! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Nancy. Lorikeet is very unusual among the daffs. It is probably the most we have ever paid for the bulbs too. Not nearly as vigorous as some, maybe that gets bred out to get those colors.

  29. dirtynailz says:

    Frances, that is a very impressive collection, beautifully photographed.. Daffs are so varied and so interesting. One of my favorites is “Minnow.” It is not only prolific, but fragrant. Have you ever planted it?

    Digging RI

    Hi Cynthia, thanks so much. I know Minnow, I think we planted it in Texas, but didn’t live there long enough to see if it did well there. Daffs were iffy with the heat and humidity of Houston.

  30. joey says:

    The fairies must be very pleased to see the trumpets heralding in spring. (I know I am!)

    Thanks Joey. I assume the fairies are excited about spring, just like we are. πŸ™‚

  31. Jean says:

    Frances,What a wonderful collection of daffodils. I’ll look forward to seeing more as you have a chance to take their portraits. This is a great project.

    Thanks Jean. There are a few more that have not bloomed yet, always late to the party, but we will add them when a decent shot is taken, IF a decent shot gets taken or they even bloom at all. πŸ™‚

  32. Beckie says:

    Frances, I was just thinking this evening that I needed to take some photos of my daffodils. πŸ™‚ While I certainly don’t have the number and variety that you do, I have added several new ones the last couple of years. However-I didn’t keep track of their names or where I planted them! Van Sion is so very unusual and I love Lorikeet, Tahiti and Cheerfulness. Actually, I would take any of them. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the lovely spring parade.

    Thanks, Beckie. I bet yours are wonderful, knowing the names is just a little quirk of mine. Not knowing the names makes them no less spectacular or welcome come spring. They are photogenic with all that substance to the waxy blooms, good for the photographer. πŸ™‚

  33. Gail says:

    You do have a fantastic selection of daffs~I was reading Jen’s comment and wondering if gardeners who aren’t fond of yellow mind the daffodils? Hard to imagine a spring without them…One of my favorites that came with the yard is little Actaea….and tons of King Alfred…I have put Golden Bells on my want list! It’s so long now it more scroll then list. gail

    Thanks, Gail. I love the little Actaea, one that grew in my parent’s yard, can’t call it a garden, it came back every year and was so fragrant. The Golden Bells is very shy with their blooms. Out of 100 bulbs, there has been perhaps three blooms in several years. I try and catch them in bloom, they are quite tiny. Maybe I need to try again in better situations, more sun?

  34. Jen says:

    Just amazing – thank you! This post came at just the right time because I planted a daffodil mix last year and am struggling to identify all the different varieties. You sure helped me narrow them down. Gotta find that Van Engelen catalog!

    Thanks Jen. It is very hard to identify from the mixtures, some may not even have names, why they were in a mixed bag to begin with. Both Van Engelen and Brent and Becky’s are excellent resources. Old House Gardens lists some of the old timers too, how I found Van Sion which came with the property, after being alerted by a comment on a blog post.

  35. Tatyana says:

    Wow! They all are so pretty! Cheerfulness would be my choice if I needed to chose only one. Incredible selection, Frances!

    Thanks Tatyana. They really are too wonderful to narrow down to just one variety. The more the better, in fact I think we need to addd some more interesting ones this fall. πŸ™‚

  36. Good for you, Frances, for keeping track of your daff names! I know a few, but in moving, etc., there are many that are now just beautiful! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks Shady. I am an obsessive record keeper, getting better at it as the years go by. The online catalogs, and comments on the blog!, are a great help when I am unsure of who is whom. πŸ™‚

  37. Sylvana says:

    You’ve got a great selection! My favorite here are Lorikeet, Tahiti, and Fidelity. Two years ago I bought Thalia because I loved to see them on other people’s garden blogs. Now I will be looking for these – especially Lorikeet!

    Thanks Sylvana. Thalia is a great choice, I often have it on the list then don’t buy it when trying to lighten the financial hit of the bulb orders, lol. Lorikeet is a beauty, if not a vigorous as some of the others. Tahiti is fantastic, it came with the property and is being spread far and wide, a good naturalizer.

  38. Liisa says:

    A beautiful spring display of daffodils. You have such a wonderful variety, I just love ‘Tahiti’, ‘Gentle Giant’, and ‘Rijnveld’s’, which I will certainly be adding to the wish list. I am so glad that you are enjoying a lovely spring, despite it’s late arrival. It came early for us this year, which was a pleasant surprise as it always seems that our early blooms are so much later than everywhere else.

    Thanks Liisa. Those are all good ones to add, especially Rijnveld for its super early bloom time. Your spring sounds perfect, I am glad you are enjoying some warmth. Our spring came while we were in Florida, we returned to summer! But I believe things will get to more normal temps soon. I always worry about the plants when the weather plays games with us like that, but probably shouldn’t worry. The weak shall perish and the strong will survive. πŸ™‚

  39. Patsi says:

    I was ready to say…ah, all daffodils look the same. You set me straight !
    What a selection…really beautiful !

    Thanks Patsi. I think the ones you see in most people’s yards are the same, King Alfred types, all yellow with a large trumpet. There are so many more, it’s hard to choose!

  40. linda says:

    That’s quite a wonderful variety of dafs you have Frances – beautiful!

    Thanks Linda. Glad you liked the show, they are quite photogenic as well as easy to grow. πŸ™‚

  41. Rosie says:

    Frances you have some beautiful drifts of daffodils. If I was to choose a piece of music to play along to this post it would be “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke due to the array of trumpets in your photos.

    Thanks Rosie. That sounds perfect, I will march to it out in the garden whilst reviewing the troops, er daffs. πŸ™‚

  42. Grace says:

    Hi Frances~~ I understand. Last year spring was late in my neck of the woods so the daffs were all the more enjoyable. I must say I’m impressed with your bounteous collection.

    Thanks Grace. We were never so glad to see the daffs as this year when they were late. Absence makes the heart grow fonder? πŸ™‚

  43. Hi Frances

    Well, this is probably the most comprehensive daffs post ever!

    I loved the photos and really liked Van Sion, but wait a minute there’s more, I scrolled further and Golden bells, superb.

    You got hot weather over there right now?

    Thanks Rob. We did have an abnormal hot spell, but a rain storm brought cooler temps and much needed water for the burnt blossoms. Hope it’s not too late for the tulips to have a good show in the knot garden. Funny you like Van Sion, it is a terrible blob of a bloom, rarely opening properly, getting hung up on all those petals. It came with the property and like the way the buds look, very fat, or it would be outta here! πŸ™‚

  44. Lauren says:

    Holy Cow! GORGEOUS!!! I love the first photo. Your collection is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

    Hi Lauren, thanks and welcome. I’m glad you like the line up of daffs. It is my pleasure to show them off. πŸ™‚

  45. Barbarapc says:

    Frances, you must have heard me all the way down in Tennessee when I exclaimed “Oh My – how absolutely gorgeous.” Very interested to learn about R Early Sensation spreading for you – it just gets smaller each year for us – must be replanted every three years – something about our sandy soil. If I was very smart I’d make a note to come back to visit this posting when I’m ordering bulbs – so many lovely varieties and great photos here – think I’ve got a perfect spot for Audubon.

    Hi Barbara, thanks. I have really good hearing, can’t see worth a flip, but cannot admit to hearing your exclamation. lol That is amazing about Rijnveld for you, I wonder if it is the same one I have, although our climates are quite different. Maybe it likes it a bit warmer? Or maybe the sand, as you say. We are very much clay with zero sand. I highly recommend Audubon. It was expensive, but has multiplied to nice clumps from one bulb per hole. The colors really stand out, visible from a distance on the large flowers.

  46. Catherine says:

    You have so many pretty ones! I plan to add more this fall, I’ll have to check back on this post for some ideas. I was just happy to have actual flowers this year and not just foliage. I really love that first picture with so many flowers blooming at once.

    Thanks Catherine. I am going to add some more this fall as well, tired of showing the same ones year after year, lol. Glad you like the first shot, a little fuzzy but shows what I see out the window. πŸ™‚

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