Darling Daffodils

Daffodils at Laurel Ridge in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Daffodils at Laurel Ridge (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Growing bulbs can sometimes be a disheartening process.  We’ve all been there to witness the barren ground after painstakingly planting dozens of bulbs, finding them consumed before they even had a chance to greet the sun.  Or when our treasured tulips suddenly become remnants of the grand display they once were; a tattered mass of stems and leaves torn asunder.  But, don’t give up yet!  Coming to the rescue is a dependable, durable, deer resistant dynamo: the daffodil; a hardy bulb that will provide you with years of joy and pleasure.

Daffodil Island at Laurel Ridge in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Daffodil Island at Laurel Ridge (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Steadfast daffodils (Narcissus cv.) date back to 300 B.C., originally cultivated by the Greeks and Romans.  They were named after a handsome Greek youth, Narcissus, who reputedly loved his own reflection to the extent that he was unable to take nourishment, ultimately morphing into a beautiful flower.  The golden, trumpet shaped flower was said to be prolific in the Middle East, Spain and Portugal, eventually finding its way to England and the U.S.  In 1884 the Royal Horticultural Society held its first daffodil conference, which resulted in the Daffodil and Tulip Committee that still exists today.

Waves of Daffodils at Laurel Ridge in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Waves of Daffodils at Laurel Ridge (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Fast forward to 1941, when an ambitious couple, Remy and Virginia Morosani decided to transform their rocky Litchfield pasture into a planting field for 10,000 daffodil bulbs.  And this inspiring couple didn’t stop there, rather they took on the daunting task of digging up and dividing the bulbs annually, expanding two idyllic acres of blooms to the present fifteen acres.  This amazing transformation was the result of over twenty years of dedication and vision, and quickly became a local attraction every spring.  Thanks to the generosity of the Morosani family, the Laurel Ridge Foundation is now open to the public each year from April through mid-May.  Please visit www.litchfielddaffodils.com for more information.

Cheerful Daffodil Mix in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Cheerful Daffodil Mix in My Garden (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Daffodils are the spring cheerleader in our gardens, rooting for everyone else to “Come on up.”  They are available in such a fabulous range of sizes and colors, some with intoxicating fragrance as well.  Incredibly versatile, narcissus is happy to be planted in a garden bed, under trees, naturalized in meadows or along fences.  I took advantage of the White Flower Farm’s naturalizing mix along our 300′ fence line (www.whiteflowerfarm.com), and when the spring daffodils fade the foliage of daylilies camouflages their unappealing leaves.  In the gardens, perennials cover the browning leaves, but in meadows you will need to leave the plants until they fade into the soil to allow for photosynthesizing.  Check out the many cheerful faces around your neighborhood and start your list for some new darlings to plant this fall, you’ll be glad you did.

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  1. Nancy in Michigan says:

    In case yhou didn’t know it – if you surround your tulips with daffodils, the moles/voles won’t eat the tulip bulbs – they’re poisonous to them and they will NOT plow through to get to your succulent tulip bulbs.

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