Spring Has Sprung!

 

Darling Daffodils Light Up a Corner. Now my sister, on the other hand, is recently retired and has lots of time on her hands. Not!  But she did have time to put some final touches on this beautiful container of mini-daffodils. All members of this family are, as you probably know, grown from bulbs. And you plant bulbs in the fall, hoping for something beautiful the following spring. It’s a classic case of delayed gratification, except that this one is practically guaranteed to deliver on its promise. And then, the magic: they come up again next year, with no effort required of you, except to say hello and thank them.

And they are the ultimate sign of spring, along with robins and (if we’re lucky) warmer weather.

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely mix of miniature daffodils and miniature iris, about to bloom.

Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus, which is also one of the most common common names. Like many garden plants, there are numerous species, subspecies, and cultivars. You will hear people refer to daffodils, jonquils, and yes, narcissus. There is also a charming series (shown in this photo of my sister’s patio) of miniature daffies, which work really well in containers.  Hers are the cultivar named Tete-a-Tete, which is the best known, but there are many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know the story of Narcissus, the beautiful young man immortalized in our gardens?

Like all myths from ancient Greece and Rome, this one has several versions with minor differences, but the essential story is this:

Narcissus was an extraordinarily beautiful child, and as he grew older many nymphs tried to attract his favor. He rejected them all, often in cruel ways. One of them sent a prayer to the gods that he would someday feel for himself the pain of rejection.

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