The Dawn of the Daffodil

There aren’t many sights that denote the onset of spring like the emergence of the iconic daffodil with their wonderfully vibrant yellow, white and even orange trumpets. So I thought that I would showcase a couple of the classic daffs and a couple of the more exotic ones, all of which will be in flower now, so get out and start spotting. Without further ado let’s have a look at some of them…firstly the classics;

Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe’

This classical little example is a hardy and charming variety of daff. With a height of 25cm and a spread of 10cm you can expect to see these in flower by the start of March. They have swept back white petals which blend into yellow at the trumpet. They look marvellous in rock gardens or naturalised on banks.

Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’

This dwarf daffodil is one of the most popular daffodils here in the UK; it grows no higher than 17cm and spreads about 10cm. You can pick up bulbs for this little guy in just about every garden centre up and down the country. They are simple to grow and look stunning in all their butter-cup yellow glory.

Ok so let’s have a look at couple of the more exotic daffodil…

Narcissus cantabricus

The name ‘cantabricus’ refers to the area of Cantabria in Northern Spain where the species was incorrectly thought to originate. It’s actually from of southern Spain, and Northern Africa. It is commonly known as the hoop-petticoat daffodil for obvious reasons.

Narcissus cyclamineus

These rather bizarre looking daffs with the their distinctive ‘caught in a wind tunnel look’ are a spectacular specimen and will sure provide any garden with an early spring talking point. They grow to approximately 15cm high and look magnificent when plant in large numbers.

There are so many different varieties of daffodils that they actually have whole websites devoted to them, just search daffodil in Google and you’ll see what I mean. Personally I love these perennial beauties and let’s be honest, once they’re in the ground they will grow for even the most un-green-fingered of you!

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