Another springtime favorite is the Daffodils, they are easy to maintain and are beautiful either in borders or even in the grass. They mark the beginning of the spring and the end of winter and bring beautiful yellow color to the landscape.
Daffodil is an alternative name for Narcissus, they originate in Europe and the Middle East and they have been records of it in history going back to the 6th century. Other names include Lent Lily, Daffadown Dilly, Daffydowndilly. Some are very fragrant as well as beautiful. And Narcissus is from the family of the Amaryllidaceae family of plants. This is a family of spring-flowering perennial plants. Narcissus is predominantly from the Mediterranean region.
How to grow Daffodiles or Narcissus:
If you are interested in planting daffodils look for them in early fall when most stores stock a variety of flower bulbs for springtime. You can plant daffodils by themselves or mix them with other flowering bulbs for added color.
Keep the bulbs in a cool place before planting and plant larger bulbs to about 6″ depth and smaller ones about 2″ to 3″.After flowers are done grab the leaves and tie a knot and let them soak in the sun before finally cutting them. That will send enough nutrients to the bulbs to increase as well as bloom profusely next season.
Keep in mind there are many varieties of daffodils some all yellow, some with white petals, and yellow in the center. Some are dwarf and some larger. Some are doubles and some single, some have very large trumpets, and some very tiny. Some are almost orange in the center rather than yellow. You can mix different varieties of daffodils themselves for added texture and color in the landscape.
They are sometimes very beautiful growing in the grass and completely transform the grass for a short period in spring before it goes back to being completely green again.
All the daffodils are one of the old time favorites of most gardeners around the world they are easy to maintain and increase in volume each spring making a much bigger and impressive display of color each year.
Daffodils are very fragrant:
Some varieties have incredible fragrance and make wonderful cut flowers. In many countries, they sell them in small bunches. Interestingly, they wrap them with daffodil leaves and tying them.
Narcissus always reminds me of my grandmother as a child I remember that every spring she used to buy them and have them in her living room, she loved the fragrance. It was one of her favorites, now that I think of it she loved all fragrant flowers, violet, hyacinth, lilacs, etc.
I also remember the snow melting in the garden and all the spring flower bulbs beginning to grow. The crocus is usually the first and then daffodils, tulips come after a bit later.
It is interesting that so many spring flowers are so fragrant, more so than summer blooming or fall-blooming flowers. Jasmine and some roses too, the peace rose which is a classic is very fragrant as well as many old fashioned roses which are usually being raised for their fragrance and are used for making perfumes. I have seen them also in the streets of many different cities around the world which really announces the beginning of spring and warmer weather.
When traveling in Paris you will probably see daffodils blooming on sidewalks while other deciduous trees have little buds, you can also see them in the streets of Seattle and Bellevue Washington, or in New York. But most of all in the UK probably the capital of gardening in the world, in the parks in the pots by the windows, and not to forget the barrels.