During winter and early spring I usually keep a vase of daffodils by my kitchen sink.
I am such a fool for dafs that I want to study and admire them as closely as possible during bloom season.
As I work at the sink, my eyes settle on the details of a particular variety and sometimes I get a delicious whiff of their fragrance.
It also has occurred to me that the series of arrangements that I make allows me to remember which varieties bloom together. This knowledge helps me to place them more wisely in my landscape.
So today – I will share with you the blooming sequence this spring for the past month. I am embarrassed to admit that the photo quality is not that great on some of these shots. I believe all were taken with my cell phone – many under low light conditions. The pictures were not intended to win any photography awards but were taken as a garden record.
This arrangement contains the earliest bloomers for me this year and includes: ‘February Gold’, ‘Campernelle’, ‘Barrett-Browning’, ‘Grand Primo’, Lent Lily and Little Sweetie. Notice how I padded the arrangement with boxwood greenery and used a disfigured blossom or two. Dafs were in short supply!
Most of the varieties mentioned above were still in bloom but I focused on collecting the newcomers for this arrangement. Roman hyacinths and summer snowflakes are included along with the daffodil varieties: ‘Rapture’, ‘Petrel’, ‘Sir Watkin’, ‘Tete a Tete’, ‘Trevithian’, Texas Star (Narcissus x intermedius), ‘Grand Primo’ and Little Sweetie.
This week I chose to make an all daffodil (except for the lone Roman hyacinth) arrangement. This arrangement contains: ‘Beryl, ‘Trevithian’, ‘Falconet’, ‘Petrel, ‘Little Sweetie’ ‘ Mrs. Langtry’ and a found ‘Incomparabilis’. I still remember how good this arrangement smelled!
The daffodils were peaking when I made this arrangement. It was hard to chose which contenders to put in the vase. However, there is only so much room beside the kitchen sink so I picked stems of: ‘Barrett Browning’, ‘Pipit’, ‘Geranium’, ‘Trevithian’, ‘Tahiti’ ‘Little Sweetie’ and an unknown tazetta from Bill the Bulb Baron.
I picked one of the last pink camellias from an unknown variety and settled it into a vase with these (mostly) late season daffodils. My arrangement includes: ‘Beryl’, ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’, ‘Geranium’, ‘Stainless’, ‘Niveth’ ‘Sweetness’, Narcissus fernandesii, ‘ Hawera’, ‘Falconet’ and ‘Seagull’.
I wonder how many readers stayed with me until the end of this self-indulgent rambling.
If you hung in there I thank you for bearing with me.
You may now consider yourself an official daffodil fool and as my friend Peachie Saxon says “You are sick, sick, sick!”