I always look forward to spring and the blooming of the daffodils. We didn’t have any snow this winter, but did have some super cold temperatures. Now that it’s spring, we have had several hard freezes and even a small amount of snow. Unfortunately it was enough to take out the daffodils (along with the blooms of my peach and pear trees.) Sigh.
I’m glad I enjoyed them when I did.
Where I live, daffodils are often spotted randomly in the middle of fields or on the edge of creek banks often signally the site a previous homestead.
Many of the daffodils I have were rescued from a property about to bulldozed to build a new building. Over the years, they have multiplied and have been transplanted throughout my gardens.
Daffodils are bulbs, so to enjoy these spring flowers, they need to be planted in the fall. I have planted as late as December but it is much easier if the ground is not frozen. The bulbs do need quite a bit of chilly weather to produce the best blooms for spring. It’s also important to remember that after the flower has faded, it can be cut off but leave the foliage to die back naturally. This process can take up to six weeks and is giving the bulb energy for next years blooms.
To hide the ugly, dying foliage, I like to plant my daffodils behind my other perennials. Since they are the first to bloom in my garden, by the time the foliage is dying, the other perennials are popping out of the ground and able to hide the unsightly yellowing leaves.
If you notice your daffodils are not blooming like they should, it’s possible they are too crowded or too deep. After the foliage dies back and before they disappear in the landscape, I will dig them up, thin them out about 2-3 inches apart and about 3-5 inches deep and replant the remaining in a different spot.
A great trait of daffodils is they are not liked by deer or squirrels. So far, I’ve not had any deer or squirrel problems in my garden (and there are plenty of both). Maybe it’s luck, maybe it’s the dog, or maybe it’s the daffodils. Whatever the case, I sure enjoyed them while they were here and they are such a welcome sight after a dreary winter.
Do you have a favorite spring flower?