Another Cup of Sugar… Please

This 2nd year clump of 'Sugar Cups' glows in the late afternoon sun.

I’m sure that those who have followed this blog for a while will agree that I am a daffodil nut.

I have been collecting for years and spend part of my annual vacation making daffodil tours.

I know those varieties that bloom early, mid-season and late.  I expect the first in February, peak bloom in March and a few late stragglers in April.

But this year…  I would say that my dafs are at least half finished ALREADY!

This turn of events has rocked my world.  I am discombobulated for sure.

My disorientation is further enhanced by the fact that I am in a new house.  The old garden is next door but the view from these windows is different.

The ‘February Gold’ dafs in the sideyard of my old house came and went before February – barely noticed.

The treasured ‘Barrett Browning’ blossoms in the back garden were gone before I picked a single stem.

Here are my 'Sugar Cups' up close and personal!

But there is always a silver lining…

When I survey the back garden from my new bedroom I am dazzled by a spectacular clump of ‘Sugar Cups” and a long golden swathe of ‘Campernelle’.

The ‘Sugar Cups’ are a tazetta hybrid that is creamy with a deeper yellow cup.  At first glance it looks like a golden tinted ‘Grand Primo’.

It is much taller than ‘Grand Primo’ with sturdy stems and an abundance of flowers.

I bought 8 ‘Sugar Cups’ bulbs last year from Bill the Bulb Baron.  The bulbs were hefty and, as usual, I planted them in a clump.

My theory is that if I dig a shallow wide hole and pack the bulbs in so there is a little space between each, the planting will look like an established clump very quickly.  Truthfully, I came to this method because it was much easier to plant this way.  I use this method almost exclusively.

The ‘Sugar Cups’ have responded well to this treatment.  In year two they look like an established stand.  I have harvested at least 9 stems from this planting and there are plenty left.

They gleam like a beacon when I look out my new bedroom window.  They are flanked by a fragrant lavender spider azalea and a 100 foot white oak.

Life is good!


 

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8 Responses to“Another Cup of Sugar… Please”

  1. yardflow says:

    I moved next door to the house that used to be my rental house. My old house is now rented and I still have access to the garden. Musical houses…

  2. fhpmas says:

    I love the pictures of the Sugar Cups. You mentioned your new house. Did you build near your previous one? Didn’t want to lose track of you. Hope you and R. had a great Valentine’s Day.

  3. yardflow says:

    Check my blog archives, Peggy. I wrote a lot more about dafs in the past two years. I think I have all the divisions represented here. I used to think that I did not much like the tazettas but obviously they have grown on me. I also thought I didn’t like doubles but I’ve decided that I do like some double varieties.

  4. yardflow says:

    It’s kind of sad, Bettye that they will soon be gone. They came and went so early this year that I missed some of my favorites like ‘Barrett Browning’.

  5. yardflow says:

    As I remember, KC, the abandoned house we used to raid for dafs had white tazettas. I didn’t know enough back then to determine what variety they were.

  6. Peggy says:

    We’re daffodil junkie buddies! My friends thought I was a little strange because I made a point of having representatives of each of the Narcissus divisions in my old garden. I’m enjoy rebuilding my collection in a new garden, and making note of your favorites.

  7. Bettye McMillen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. My daffodils are in peak bloom now, too.
    Go figure.

  8. Kc says:

    Life does seem good- smells sweeter

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