This guest post was written by Melinda Myers, nationally-known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist. You’ll find more of her gardening tips HERE. Thank you, Melinda!
Add unexpected beauty to your spring garden and seasonal bouquets by planting some new, lesser-known daffodil varieties. Traditional yellow trumpet daffodils are timeless classics, but today’s gardeners can choose from an exciting range of colors, flower styles and bloom times.
Different Flower Styles and Bloom Times
Keep your vases filled with daffodils for a month or more by planting a variety of different types that will bloom throughout spring. Start with an early blooming daffodil such as Barrett Browning. This heirloom variety’s brilliant, red-orange cup has a yellow halo at the base and is set against white petals. Another early-bloomer that makes a great cut flower is Frosty Snow. It has a broad, lemon-yellow cup that gradually fades to white.
Pink-cupped daffodils are still uncommon, even though they have been around for almost 100 years. Grow them in filtered sunlight to highlight the color. Blushing Lady has pale yellow petals topped with a pale pink cup. Add a bit more pink to the mix with Pink Pride. This large-cupped daffodil features a ruffled cup that opens the color of lemon and apricot and gradually turns coral pink.
Distinctive Split-Cup Daffodils
Mid-spring is when the split corona and double daffodils begin taking center stage. Both types combine nicely with more traditional daffodils, while providing an unexpected surprise in gardens and arrangements.
The trumpet of a split cup daffodil is divided into sections that may be ruffled or pleated. Sometimes they lay flat against the outer petals and sometimes they don’t. One of the showiest split cup daffodils is Cum Laude. Its white petals frame a frilly split cup that is a peachy-yellow with a green eye and salmon band.
Other split-cup varieties include Cassata, with a delicately ruffled yellow cup and white petals, and Lemon Beauty, which has a star-like yellow cup set upon white petals. New this year is a sweet and subtle split-cup variety named Papillon Blanc. Can’t decide which ones to buy? Consider investing in a split-cup mix to discover your favorites.
Fragrant Double Daffodils
Finish the daffodil season with double daffodils. Their flowers resemble roses and most varieties are fragrant, too. Consider Delnashaugh, which has enormous 4 to 5″ flowers with layers of frilly white and peach-pink petals. For an eye-catching daffodil with sunny yellow and red-orange ruffles, try Tahiti. Sherborne is another outstanding double daffodil with extra-large flowers that have layers of pale yellow petals.
Cheerfulness and Yellow Cheerfulness are two late-blooming double daffodils that have been popular for almost 100 years. Their petite flowers are displayed in a cluster of three or four blooms per stem. Both are fragrant and long-lasting in a vase.
Can Daffodils Be Mixed With Other Flowers?
After being cut, daffodil stems release a clear sap that can shorten the life of other flowers in the arrangement. Taking a few minutes to properly conditioning daffodils eliminates this risk.
Cut the stems of freshly picked daffodils to the approximate length they will be in the vase. Then place them (by themselves) in a clean container of cool water for at least an hour. During this time, most of the sap will leak out into the water. After an hour or more has passed, remove the stems and discard the water. Feel free to add these conditioned daffodils to mixed arrangements. If you need to re-cut the stems, you can recondition them or not worry about the small amount of sap being released.
Daffodils are a must for spring bouquets, whether you are displaying just a few stems in a bud vase or are creating an impressive floral masterpiece. Expand your horizons and discover the beauty of these seldom seen, more unusual daffodils.
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