Daffodil is the common name for Narcissus and both names are interchangeable. It is a very satisfying perennial to grow and is adaptable to many growing conditions, hardy, and increases from year to year. Another big plus is that deer do not like it!
To get an array of daffodils for a photograph, I asked my Four Counties Garden Club members to bring me some blossoms and the pictures below taken by Kate Fahey show some of the vase variety of daffodils. This is the middle of daffodil season and lots of varieties are in bloom.
For flower arranging the most popular varieties are:
- Trumpet Daffodils. These are the most classic of flowers
- Large-Cupped Daffodils
- Double Daffodils
- Jonquilla Daffodils
- Miniature Daffodils
- Poeticus Daffodils
- Small-Cupped Daffodils
- Split-Corona Daffodils
Paper white narcissus in a mercury glass vase combine with pieris japonica from the garden show off the sound board painting on my harpsichord. Flowers and music make a very good combination.
The daffodil bloom season can last a few months with careful planning. It is important that foliage be allowed to die back on its own so planting with hosta and other leafy plants that come up later in the season helps to cover the unappealing foliage.
Most of all these wonderful flowers are a way to celebrate spring and the exciting flowers yet to come. Enjoy!