One benefit of mowing the lawn is it makes you go all around everything and see things that you might not otherwise see in your garden. Saturday while I was mowing, I noticed that it is the peak of daffodil season. So I declare today to be Daffodil Day in my garden, or for those who prefer botanical names, it is Narcisuss Diem
I’ve taken a few pictures of my daffodils to post, but alas, they will have to live with nicknames that I gave them as I don’t know their true variety names. I seem to have a mental block about keeping records of bulbs planted in the fall. Perhaps that is because as soon as I keep track of all the tulip varieties, the tulips disappear, never to return, or only to return as a leaf or two. So I don’t bother keeping track of the names of any fall planted bulbs. (That’s a better reason than me being just lazy!)
But daffodils are far more reliable than tulips for returning each year here in the Midwest, so from now on, if, when, I plant more daffodils, I’m going to keep track of the varieties.
In the meantime, if you know the real names of any of the daffodils I’ve pictured below, please let me know!
And now… The Daffodils…
These first daffodils are more suited to a rock garden setting. They have very narrow petals, and don’t even look all that much like daffodils, except I know they are because of the foliage. For some reason they remind me of a stressed out, harried person with their hair all wild, so I’ll call them “Harried”.
Here’s a pretty yellow and white daffodil. It sort of reminds me of a fried egg. How’s that for a variety name? “Fried Eggs”
And of course I have yellow daffodils. That’s what generally comes in those big bags that scream out “50 daffodils for $5.99” or something like that, and they won’t be silenced until you put them in your shopping cart. Then you get home and walk around the garden trying to remember where you have already planted daffodils, looking for a spot or two for a few more. So I’ll call these “Yellow Screamers”.
Now this little beauty (a bit blurry, sorry about that), is what caught my eye Saturday and prompted me to go around and look more closely at all the daffodils. I’m sure it has a good and proper variety name, lost to me unless I want to pour over bulb catalogs looking for it. I’ll just call it “Pink Lips”, even though it is more of a coral color. It reminds me of a pale, old lady with too much lipstick in the wrong shade of pink.
And this one is almost pure white, with just a hint of yellow. I think it was white and the garden faires painted it up a bit, so I’ll call it “Fairy Yellow”. They probably would have finished painting it all yellow, but garden fairies are easily distracted, party a lot, and don’t always finish what they start.
It is a good thing I noticed the daffodils when I did because they are fading just as fast as these tulips shown below are starting to bloom and steal the show away from them. These are the tulips I planted last fall in my new flower bed.
Once the tulips finish blooming in early May, these perennials will be ready to bloom. I’ll give you a minute to guess what these are…
Happy Daffodil Day
Carpe Narcisuss Diem