Monday Morning Blooms – 13,000 Daffodils, oh my!

Happy Monday Readers,

Last week, I looked up daffodils to see the different types. 

Going HERE I found that there are over 13,000 distinct daffodil “varieties.” 

And HERE they noted “there are between 40 and 200 species, subspecies or varieties and over 32,000 named hybrids.”

Well I just know that there are lots of them. 

 

daffodils at musuem

April 2019 – VMFA – Richmond, VA

daffodils-potted
March 2019 – The Fan District in Richmond, VA

Narcissus, also known as daffodils, are “probably the easiest and most dependable of all the families of flowers.” 

They also need to have some cold weather – natural or induced –  for flower bud initiation. 

daffodils-2
March 2019 – Richmond, VA

 

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Woodland Gnome, at Forest Garden blog, has annual spring posts about daffodils (here). And to show you (shared with permission) the fun variety, check out the 2016 vase (here)and the 2019 vase of daffodils (here):

Woodland Gnome frequently writes about the daffodil flower and here are some tidbits:

  • Daffodils are happiness inducing flowers, greeting us each spring with cheerful faces and easy demeanor.

  • Daffodils can be planted to protect newly planted shrubs and trees from voles eating up their roots, “Unlike chemicals that must be reapplied every few weeks, the daffodil solution proves permanent, growing denser and more effective with each passing year.”

  • Daffodils, or Narcissi, return so reliably as winter transforms into spring, and has given them the association with time and eternal life.

  • The bulbs are extremely poisonous and in the past the bulbs were medicinally used, very carefully, to treat pain.

  • Ramses II’s mummy was found with a Narcissus bulb covering each eye (from Noel Kingsbury’s (2013) Daffodil Book)

 

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 Cee Neuner (here) has at least 35 posts featuring daffodils.

Here is one of her fun shots:

 

Let’s close with a snippet of Wordsworth’s Daffodils poem:

 

And a comic:

This comic says, “Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there.” And for the daffodil – the bulbs also need some “cold, tough days” to help incubate the bud. So keep this in mind the next time difficult days come your way – it can have good fruits – going through dirt and enduring some dry or cold times – can sometimes give us just what we need for the next beautiful flowering.

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Have a nice day

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61 thoughts on “Monday Morning Blooms – 13,000 Daffodils, oh my!

    1. right on – I bet they have a lot of life left 🙂
      and don’t cut back the green foliage for a while – “Daffodils use their leaves to create energy, which is then used to create next year’s flower.”

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    1. Thanks to woodland gnome for the tips and vole info !
      And thanks anita, for dropping by- I also will be planting more
      And now I know why my tulips disappeared but the daffodils are still there since 2004!

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    1. And as noted before – I love your humility Cee – you say thanks for pingbacks and really value the connection – so thank you for that and for letting me share the fun picture

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  1. Daffodils are my very favorite flower. They always herald the true arrival of spring. One of my favorite destinations in spring is Richmond. Richmond is about 2 weeks ahead of us for the arrival of spring-like weather. I love going south and getting a preview of coming attractions!

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    1. Oh that is awesome that you come to where I live for a sneak peek – and I did read that you enjoy running the Ukrops 10K and was wondering about that—
      And cheers to your favorite flower

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  2. I learned a lot about daffodils today from you. The neighbor across the street is long gone, but her daffodils have succeeded her passing already ten years. They have returned faithfully at the same location in the front garden for many decades.

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  3. Thanks so much for the kind words and links! What a fun and beautiful post for Earth Day! I love your photos from the Fan…. makes me very nostalgic for good times in beautiful places. Cheers! WG

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    1. well thank you sooooo much for letting me share your pictures and your words. And I hope I gave you proper credit ((not that you are the type to be anal about anything – nope – you have that take it in stride gardener chill style)) but want to make sure…
      And over the weekend, I enjoyed reading a few of your posts a little slower – to feel the beauty you deliver through your thoughts and photos.
      oh and the earth day was just a coincidence, but call that a nice divine appointment or happy accident.
      and lastly, just bought some miniature daffodils in a mixed pot – for 3.99 on clearance – nice….

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    1. Hi Debbie – sorry for the late reply. And how cool that you visited his home in England – what I like about the poem is the way he showed such joy for the flowers –

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    1. Hahah – that was funny what you wrote about the bulb – and I never thought of nibbling them either – but I also don’t eat pansies – or other edible flowers (except I know someone who makes little cakes with squash blooms)
      And wishing you safe travels to England, S

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