Daffodil Daze

March 30th, 2010

It’s daffodil time in Virginia. Last week when I cut enough to fill a vase, most of them were ‘Ice Follies’

Bouquet of daffodils

'Ice Follies' and associates

This week, we have a greater variety.

Bouquet of daffodils

Lemon Glow (front and center) and a host of others

I know the names of some of these, but others have been lost to time. ‘Lemon Glow’ is the huge, pale yellow one in the center. As with the hellebores, I think I like ‘Lemon Glow’ better in a vase than in the garden. It’s a pretty color, but the flower is just sooooo big. Looks out-of-scale with the rest.

Bouquet of daffodils

Kedron (yellow & orange, top center) with Narcissus obvallaris just below

Going to the other extreme, I also like the colors of ‘Kedron’ (golden yellow with darker orange cup), but the flowers are on the small side and the stems are tall and slender. Not so good for standing up to rain, which we’ve had the last couple of days. At the bottom right in the photo above, you see one of my mystery daffodils. It’s in the midst of what I believe to be ‘Barrett Browning’ (in the garden, not the picture) and looks similar, but the cup is much larger and flatter.

Bouquet of daffodils

Same bouquet, different angle

Here’s the whole list of daffodils in bloom today, or rather the list of those whose names I know.

  • Midget
  • Narcissus obvallaris
  • Tete-a-Tete
  • Waterperry
  • Lemon Glow
  • Tropical Sunset
  • Salome
  • Ice Follies
  • Kedron
  • Audubon

and possibly Barrett Browning.

By the way, do you know why they’re called daffodils? I didn’t either, but Sean Clarke looked it up and wrote about it for The Guardian.

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