Saturday, September 13, 2014

Nothin' Beats Daffodils!

It's Fall! It's time to think about planting those Spring flowering bulbs. This time of year there's a wide assortment of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, iris, crocus, and muscari to choose from for springtime bloom. Decisions. Decisions.  I love them all, but my absolute favorite is the daffodil. 
Daffodils are easily recognized by their trumpet-shaped, large-cupped, or double flowered blossoms. Size varies from tall to miniature. And color?  Yes, bright yellow is the color most often associated with daffodils.   But ...
some daffodils are a dazzling, golden yellow with deep orange coronas!
Others, a paler, softer yellow with light orange coronas. Yet, yellow is not always the color of the day.
Did you know that daffodils can also be completely pure white?
                         Or white with bright yellow coronas for a little extra  pizazz?
                                                   Or sport pink, red, or orange coronas?
                                                             even bi-colored  coronas?

Daffodils are easy to grow. In the Fall, before the ground freezes, pick a sunny or partly shady spot to plant your bulbs.  Daffodil bulbs should be planted (pointy side up) twice as deep as they are tall (typically 5-6 inches deep) in moderately fertile soil. Since I prefer a thicker cluster of flowers, I like to plant the bulbs close together (but not touching) in groups of 8 or so.  I also like to add a handful of granular fertilizer to the bottom of the planting hole before planting. I feel it helps the bulbs slowly settle in for the long Winter ahead.  Once you're finished, water well.  Now all you have to do is wait until to Spring to be rewarded for all your efforts.  Let me tell you ... it is so worth the wait!

                 Happy Gardening To All!

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