Daffodil Delight

"I think if I were living in a utopian world, then it wouldn't be political commentary; it would be about daffodils."

—Emily Haines

As the days get longer and the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to start searching for signs of spring. Bright and sunny daffodils are one of the first perennials to pop onto the scene, adding a much-needed burst of color after a long gloomy winter. Symbolizing hope and new beginnings, daffodils are the most cheerful way to celebrate the changing season.  

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While tulips may offer more color options, you’ll get more bang for your buck with daffodils. Not only will they come back year after year, they multiply, AND they have a longer bloom time. Unlike tulips, daffodils are deer and critter resistant. 

Contrary to popular belief, not all daffodils are yellow. They come in white, pink, peach, and orange, and they are available in various heights, making it easy to coordinate with the rest of your garden.  

Daffodils do well in full sun and partial shade. For those with a shade garden, daffodils are perfect because they start blooming when there aren’t many leaves on the trees yet. There are varieties that bloom in early, mid, and late spring, so you can enjoy your blooms for weeks.  

When daffodils are planted along the front border of a garden, you will see nothing but dying stalks all summer long. Plant a third back from the border instead, allowing room for other perennials and annuals to come up later in the season and hide the stems. Arrange in groups of 5 or higher (always an odd number) in a zigzag design to give it a more natural feel.  

When daffodils are finished blooming, cut off the dead bloom but do not cut the leaves until they are yellow and drying up. You want the leaves to keep going so they give energy to the plant for next year's bloom. 

If you missed out on planting bulbs last fall, you can buy daffodils in pots at the nursery! 

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Happy Spring! 


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