Daffodils are blooming here!

Here in Kentucky, the Daffodils have started to bloom! As you’re driving to work you’ll pass open fields and pastures that frequently have a clump of Daffies right in the middle. I asked my husband about this when we first moved here, and he told me that nearly anyplace that a house stood in the last hundred years or so, you’ll find “spring flowers”, even though there’s no sign of a house.

It’s so cool to see that chunk of sunshine in a pasture that’s still mostly brown from winter. According to Teleflora, Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings, and it’s easy to see why.

Chinese people associate Daffies with good fortune, and the Japanese give it the meaning of “joy and mirth”. At the end of winter, it’s a real “bright spot”, whatever meaning you want to give it!

The Daffodils that we most commonly think of are the pure yellow trumpets with a yellow corolla, but they come in an increasing variety of colors and shapes now, including pink, orange, pure white, and any combination of those that you can imagine.

Some Daffies have a fragrance, especially the small ones, but a lot of the more modern varieties don’t. If you’re looking through those beautiful catalogs for types to plant in your garden, check to see if they smell good, too!

Daffodils are classed as a narcissus, are frequently called jonquils, and in England are often called the “Lent Lily” ! But by any name, they’re a bright spot in the landscape or in a pot on your kitchen table or desk.

If you want to put Daffies in your yard for next spring, mark your calendar to plant them in October or November, so that they’ll surprise you next Spring. They seem to start coming up just when it feels like winter will never go away, and will put some sparkle in your day!

If you’ve got a pot of cheery Daffie blooms on your desk, wait until the danger of frost has passed before planting them in your flowerbed. The leaves will die back in the heat of summer, but don’t worry! They’ll surely come bursting out right on time next spring, to brighten your garden and landscape.

One of the nicest things about these flowers is their ability to naturalize, like the “wild” clumps I see here in Kentucky. If you’ve got more space than a flowerbed, you can plant your daffodils in a sunny spot pretty much anywhere. They don’t need a lot of care or feeding, just a bit of room and a little compost. They’ll reward you next year, as the dreary part of winter drags on…


Photo by Simon Bowles on Unsplash

As always, please feel free to email me with comments, quotes, or stories at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com. I LOVE answering your emails!

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