and twine create daffodil bouquets that can stand
on their own.
thousand saw I at a glance,
their heads in sprightly dance…
then my heart with pleasure fills,
dances with the daffodils.
by William Wordsworth
been a rainy winter with early spring winds blowing away
any remnants of fall leaves.
it all, daffodils by the thousands emerge to remind you
spring is here.
are easy, enjoyable and enchanting, looking like
oversized cousins to the smaller buttercups that later
fill meadows and open fields. Voles, squirrels and
deer dislike daffodils, which are super-good reasons to
incorporate the fall-planted bulbs in your yard.
bloom time is done, daffodil foliage yellows and browns,
a look that is not attractive but is necessary.
This four- to six-week process helps the plant
manufacture food for next year’s flowers. Much
of that food is transported to the bulb below ground.
Removing, braiding, rubber banding or tying the foliage
interrupts that important process because it limits the
amount of green that is getting sunlight. An easy
disguise is to interplant hostas, coral bells, lilies
and other perennials that leaf out in early spring.
daffodils don’t bloom, there can be any number of
reasons, according to the American Daffodil Society.
Some common reasons include: bulbs need to be fed
slow-release 5-10-10 (too much nitrogen benefits
foliage, not flower), bulbs compete with other root
systems, bulbs lack good drainage, bulbs may have a
virus, bulbs may have suffered bad growing conditions
previous season or bulbs need dividing — more details
the best of best growing conditions, daffodils will
multiply and outlast any of us, so expect the best and
enjoy your daffodils indoors where you can experience
their innermost beauty.
are some creative ways to display daffodils in your
home, courtesy www.iBulb.org, a Dutch bulb information
warmer. A simple row of canning jars creates a uniform
arrangement. A wooden bench set in your foyer, kitchen
window or adjacent to a sofa is the perfect complement
to the rural feel of this tableau.
lollipop. Bunch some daffodils and wrap them with strips
of natural burlap or brightly-colored twine to create a
topiary-like shape that will stand in a wide windowsill
where you can enjoy them while you use the kitchen sink
or do the laundry.
perfect. Daffodils look casually comfortable, and
shabby chic, when displayed in pottery, glass and tin
pitchers, crocks and measuring cups for centerpieces and
chic. Place single or threesome daffodils in glass
bud vases topping a silver tray. Add a few fine twigs
the offset the formality of the arrangement.
Glue bark to empty tin cans or purchase bark containers
at a retail store. Fill the containers with daffodils,
and place them on a tray of moss for an instant woodsy