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Garden Tales: The Daffodil

Updated on August 9, 2011

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A favourite flower, I really do not have one, my taste in plants covers a very wide range from asters to zinnias but there is one flower that gives me the most pleasure to grow and that is the daffodil.

Daffodils are easy to plant as long as you remember pointed side up and plant them deep enough in a spot where they get what they need.

They are ideal for a naturalized lawn such as the one with have between the house and the driveway. The crocuses are the first to merge with their purple and yellow flowers standing out against the brown grass or the white snow.

The daffodils come into bloom with another favourite but for different reasons the tulip right behind them.

The daffodil makes a great cutflower and will last for approximately a week, maybe a bit more indoors.

While there are many varieties available today, my choice is the traditional yellow; there is something so happy about that yellow that it can brighten even a grey day.

However, the daffodils cheerfulness is not why this beauty brings me pleasure to grow; the real reason is that it is my wife’s favourite flower and her birth flower. I grow them for her so that during the season she can have one on her desk at work and a small bouquet indoors.

This year we were able to plant these fall bulbs for the first time in three years as we had been moving and did not have access to a balcony for container plants or a yard.

Daffodils and other bulbs can be readily grown in containers and look great on your front steps adding to your home’s curb appeal or on a back deck.

I will plant more bulbs daffodils especially this fall but also tulips and maybe hyacinths. Daffodils do well in crowds and a planting of 20 or more can really brighten a yard in the early days of the gardening season.

As I said earlier the daffodil is not a difficult plant to grow or look after and will come back for years if it is planted where it gets what it needs. So indulge yourself and add a few or more to your garden, the bulbs are not expensive and they will reward your efforts over and over again.

I get great pleasure from growing things and there are plants I insist on growing or recommending others grow, sunflowers and marigolds, however, the daffodil has a special spot in our garden.


Daffodil

Bob Ewing photo
Bob Ewing photo
another favourite, the tulip, Bob Ewing photo
another favourite, the tulip, Bob Ewing photo

planting daffodils

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks JW and thanks for droppping by.

  • Lifebydesign profile image

    Lifebydesign 

    9 years ago from Australia

    I like the 'Garden Tales' title, sounds like start of an ongoing theme. What a good idea, I think we (hubbers) should do more of them.

  • Jerilee Wei profile image

    Jerilee Wei 

    9 years ago from United States

    They are still one of my favorite flowers too, although the thrill of seeing the first ones each year is not as amplified when you live in a warm climate. Great hub as always!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is a glorious day today, Spring is almost in full bloom. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Lifebydesign profile image

    Lifebydesign 

    9 years ago from Australia

    Hi Bob, you must be looking forward to spring. We had the best autumn day today. Just dropped by to say hi. You're right about daffodils lasting well indoors - that is one thing I like about them for sure. :)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Spring to you, it is a glorious day today, thanks for dropping by.

  • C.S.Alexis profile image

    C.S.Alexis 

    9 years ago from NW Indiana

    Hey Bob,

    I am with you on this flower. They pull you out of the winter past in such a nice way. Good share, Happy Spring!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    the video tells you what you need to know, thanks for dropping by.

  • sumon108 profile image

    sumon108 

    9 years ago

    I like how to cultivate at home pl describe me

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am a lucky man.

  • dwilliamson profile image

    dwilliamson 

    9 years ago from Kamloops, BC

    I think your wife is a lucky woman.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It was my pleasure to write this hub, three daffodils are sitting in a small blue glass vase nearby. Thanks you both for dropping by.

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    9 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Bob, very nice... there's nothing so pretty as a bright yellow daffodil early in spring, it just lifts your heart.

  • dwilliamson profile image

    dwilliamson 

    9 years ago from Kamloops, BC

    Hey Bob Ewing, thank you for answering my request. I think it is so sweet that you grow daffodils for your wife. Aweeee.

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