Spring is progressing rapidly, I sometimes feel a bit too fast. Still, it can be downright exhilarating. While many of the Daffodils in the Back Garden have already gone to seed, we are now enjoying a second round of Daffodil blooms, concentrated in the Front Garden.

Daffodils ‘Ceylon’ and ‘Ice Follies’

So let’s start at the far end of the Driveway Border and the front edge of the Foundation Bed. Here we have a nice clump of ‘Ceylon’ (orange/yellow) and some ‘Ice Follies’ (white with a crown of soft yellow, fading to white).


Also in the Driveway Border are some Narcissus varieties interplanted with not-yet-blooming Tulips. ‘Sailboat’, petite and sweet, is the first of these Narcissi to flower.

Parkway Bed, mid-April 2021

Now let’s move on to the Parkway Bed, which is planted with a mix of Colorblends Daffodils obtained as swag at the annual (pre-pandemic) Garden Bloggers Fling. A disadvantage of bulb mixes is that you generally can’t identify the specific varieties. On the other hand, the diversity keeps it interesting.

Perhaps you can see the lone ‘Keizerskroon’ Tulip near the center? There are a bunch of Tulips planted in this bed, but the great majority will not bloom for a while.

It’s possible to try to identify the general type of Daffodil, even if you can’t identify the variety. Thankfully, there are people who make it their business to sort the thousands of Narcissus varieties into some kind of order. Without them, there would be Daffodil anarchy (which could be a good name for a band). With them, we have no less than 13 Daffodil divisions (possibly another good name for a band).

For instance, in the photo above, you can see a single Trumpet Daffodil (Division 1) with a long, pale yellow crown. The others seem to be Split-corona Daffodils (Division 11).

In this photo, you’ve got a couple of Large Cups (Division 2), a Small Cup (Division 3), and a few Split-coronas. In the upper left a few ‘Sailboat’ Daffodils peeking out shyly. ‘Sailboat’ is a Jonquil, Division 7,

I really like how the self-sown Glory-of-the-Snow (Scilla forbesii) mixes with the Daffodils in this bed.

I have to say I’m not especially fond of the Split-corona or Double Daffodils (Division 4 – see above), but I can still enjoy them as part of a mixed group.

As in this picture here.

Incidentally, the little red species Tulips towards the back are Tulipa praestans ‘Fusilier’ I’ll be writing about them shortly.

Here’s another Split-corona, this one with an unusual apricot-colored crown.

There should be another wave of later-blooming Daffodils in a week or so – something to look forward to.

I’ll leave you with another long shot of the Parkway Bed. There’s so much happening in the garden right now, it’s hard to keep up. My intention is to post again shortly. In the meantime, enjoy all the flowers and happy gardening!

33 Comments on “Second Wave of Daffodils”

  1. I love that apricot and white daffodil. I had no idea at all that there were such divisions and categories and such; ‘daffodil,’ ‘jonquil,’ and ‘narcissus’ are as far as I’ve ever gotten, and I’m probably wrong about most of those IDs! No matter. Every musician needs an audience and every gardener needs someone to admire the handiwork. I certainly admire yours!

  2. Your neighbours must love walking past your garden, there is always so much for them to enjoy! Our yellow ones are finished now , I’m enjoying Sailboat and Thalia at the moment with just my late ones to come. I haven’t planted any split corona daffodils but like them in your mixed plantings.

  3. Your daffodils have taken off like a runaway train! They look lovely in the garden, and some of them, in the Parkway garden, seem to be smiling into the street, I’m sure it must be fun for the neighbours passing by. We are just starting to plant bulbs for spring colour, so these are inspiring.

  4. You have enough daffodils to make a really good show Jason and it is nice when they flower in waves for you. I like the look of the orangey ones… I have no memory for daffodil names and just enjoy them for their cheerfulness! (In fact, I think I have some called ‘Cheerfulness’!) 😉

  5. If I had to describe your gardens in a single word it would be “Joyful”! I on!y have a couple clumps of split coronas, but I find them delightfully fragrant. Do you have the very early tete-a-tete daffs? The ones they have in pots at the grocery store in late January? I always get some and then transplant them in the garden afterwards. They are great multipliers. Spring marches forward. Enjoy the parade!

  6. A beautiful selection of daffodils. My experience with the double daffs is that the extra heavy heads get weighed down with moisture and tend to bend over more readily, but they are nice as part of a mixed bed. There is nothing like the old golden-yellow King Alfred single trumpets for longevity and ease of care. In early evening they are like garden candles as the light fades.

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