A Deluge of Daffodils

I’m happy to announce that this year’s Daffodils in containers are a great success. The dozen pots planted with Daffodil bulbs last fall are now bursting with blooms.


All the Daffodil containers are currently brightening the back garden. Here are some on the patio, guarded by Rupert the Rooster.


And on the back steps. Please disregard the recycling bin.



And near the Silver Maple.




You may be familiar with this view of the Daffodils blooming in the Parkway Bed. It never got as floriferous as I had hoped because those few days of very warm weather caused a lot of Daffodil blooms to go over pretty quickly.

On the other hand, for reasons I don’t understand, the Daffodils in containers bloomed fairly late. As a result, they extended our Daffodil season.

The bulbs planted in containers came from a Colorblends bulb mix that Judy and I won at last year’s Garden Bloggers Fling in DC (200 free bulbs! Yay!). When it comes to Tulips, I prefer to pick each species and variety I plant. With Daffodils, though, I’m not as picky, so I’m willing to be surprised. As Forrest Gump might have said, life is like a sack of mixed Colorblends bulbs.

Here are some of my favorites.


Of course, one disadvantage of this sort of mix is that you don’t know the variety names. If you can ID any of these Daffodil varieties, I’d be grateful.


Now I know this has to be a Poeticus Daffodil because of the red rim. Haven’t a clue which one, of course.




Could this be ‘Mt. Hood’?




As you might have noticed, I generally prefer the simpler Daffodil forms. There were also quite a few double forms and other gussied-up varieties. I’m not as fond of these, though they still look good to me if mixed in with simpler types. Judy likes them, though.






Could this one be the same as the one above? Not sure if that crown will keep opening.




Where do you stand on the single versus double Daffodil question? Have you tried growing any Daffodils in containers?

44 Comments on “A Deluge of Daffodils”

  1. I’ve never seen the fancy daffodils. They’re pretty, but I think I prefer the simpler forms, just as I do with tulips, hibiscus, and so on. When plants fancy themselves up in nature, with rows and rows of unexpected ray flowers, for example, they can be delightful. It’s when the plant breeders start working their magic that things occasionally go just a bit over the top, as they did with the so-called Teddy Bear sunflower.

  2. I love all daffodils … They just seem so cheerful don’t they? I planted some doubles a few years ago & as much as I loved them I decided not to plant any more as many of them were too heavy for their stems and faced downward and/or bent right over in the wind. I enjoyed looking at yours & now I’ll just have to go out & buy more for our Spring.
    I’ve just looked at the Teddy Bear sunflower … Now that IS over the top!

  3. I’m so glad last year’s disappointment wasn’t repeated this year. You have a great collection. I’m actually surprised they have done so well in pots; maybe something I will copy in future years, the only problem being is that they tend to flower at the same time as the tulips.

  4. I like them both. I do like to see the old fashioned sing form golden yellow first thing in the spring. That bright yellow screams spring to me. I haven’t done daffs in pots. I like the look though. You can have daffs where ever you wish if they are in pots. Do you leave them in there or do you toss them after they bloom? I wouldn’t have anyplace to store so many pots.

  5. I have a paltry three clumps of daffs in the ground. One clump did not appear this year. One clump has NO flowers. And one cup is blooming with pretty pale yellow flowers. It is a weird year with forsythia and dandelions all opening at the same time.

  6. Favorite daffodil is a double form called cheerfulness large 5 to 7 blooms per stem all double and highly scented pale butter yellow to off white color.
    I love scented daffodils

  7. I prefer the single, but I’ll take any daffodil with yellow and orange colors. It’s the white ones I don’t care for –maybe because in spring I really want some color! I have some (unnamed) that I got in a mix that have several small flowers on the same stem. They are wonderful to pick and put in a vase.

  8. The light yellow double with the caption that begins “Could this be…” is probably ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’, and it’s not the same as the more saturated yellow double above it. That bud-like, non-expanding center is a distinguishing feature; its foliage is also narrower and darker green than most other medium-tall varieties. It’s a sport of the double ‘Cheerfulness’, which is in the last image in your post.

    I’m with you for the most part on doubles, except for ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’, but this year ‘Tahiti’ also won me over. I really can’t stand any of the split-cup cultivars.

    Containers of daffs have the great advantage that they can be stored out of sight as the foliage collapses and ripens. Even with surrounding expanding perennials for disguise, it’s hard to avoid a period of ugliness in a border — and the taller and later the daffodils, the longer and more of a mess it is. This has made me fond of small, fine-textured varieties like ‘Hawera’ for the late season.

  9. Congratulations to your Daffodils, Jason!
    No, I never tried them in containers. I afraid that they would freeze.
    I like all your shown daffodil types.This autumn I really need to plant more daffodils in my garden!

  10. Mount Hood looks rad! I would not know it if I saw it though. Mine were rather pale, but that was years ago. I really do not remember much about it. I know there are other white ones available, but I am not familiar with them either, or if they have the same form as Mount Hood. If yours is not Mount Hood, it is pretty convincing anyway.

  11. They look fabulous! I have never tried daffodils in containers – worth a thought though. I prefer the single ones too, as they tend to stand up to rain better. (Rain is scarce here this spring though! ) I am getting quite lax about names of both daffodils and tulips. I have far too many planted long ago and they only appear briefly each year so I shall save my memory for trying to recall the new names for asters and Dicentras instead! 😉

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