Saturday, March 5, 2011
My Favorite Harbinger of Spring
Without a doubt, daffodils are my favorite early spring bulb. The cheerful yellows bring such joy in the early season when dull browns and grays permeate everywhere.
With the colder winters of the last couple years here in Louisiana, these daffodils have received more of the chill they need to really thrive in the Deep South. Usually this King Alfred type don't do as well, but these are thriving for me. I don't even know what exact type this is since it was given as a gift and I just plopped them in one of my garden beds.
This last little bloom comes from my back yard where last year I put in nearly 100 bulbs to naturalize. This is the old-fashioned "Campernelle" type of daffodil. They are known to perform better in the Deep South and are recommended for naturalized drifts. My dream is to make a whole area of my back yard into this huge drift of springtime daffodils and muscarii (grape hyacinths.) Hopefully these little, fragrant beauties will spread and thrive.