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.
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.
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!