April 11, 2008

Daffodils on my farm

UPDATE: Some have asked about where my Daffodil bulbs came from, here are the links:



On my television show on Thursday, I mentioned that my daffodils are beginning to burst open and I thought it would be fun to show you some beginnings of, what promises to be, a magnificent display.  I hope you enjoy some more signs of spring from my farm.

I always wanted a major swath of daffodils and finally, I have it!  This bed runs the length of one side of my property.  Just a few more days to go…

Here are some buds ready to pop.

A lovely two-toned daffodil

And another

A ladybug seems to be enjoying this miniature daffodil.

Francesca takes some time to admire this cluster.  But where’s Sharkey?

Sharkey is acting tough, once again, with the donkeys.  Rufus, Clive, and Billy look amused by her playful fierceness.

Here is a grove of skunk cabbage that enjoys its wetland habitat.  It’s uncanny how much it really smells like skunk.  But, look at that spray of yellow next to the water.

This cluster of daffodils has naturalized in the woods and is quite happy growing beside the little stream.  I wonder just how many years it’s been sprouting there.

After taking that last photo, a pair of wild turkeys ran across the path.  I suppose it won’t be long before they’re followed by a brood of young ones.

This is a pair of my Bourbon Red heritage turkeys.  I don’t think they would last too long in the wild.


For many gardeners, daffodils and narcissus are true harbingers of spring, but what exactly is the difference between them?  It’s a classic question, and the simple answer is that all daffodils are narcissus and vice versa.  Narcissus is the name of this very large genus, and daffodil is the less formal but perfectly acceptable nickname.  Within this genus, there are many thousands of options to choose from.  Daffodils grow nicely in flowerbeds, borders, and cutting gardens, and they naturalize, or adapt and spread beautifully in woodlands.  If you’ve been admiring lovely drifts of these flowers in other gardens, and want to plant some in your own, here are some things to consider about daffodils.

Although planting season for daffodils is the fall, spring is the perfect time to begin shopping for daffodil bulbs.  In fact, mail-order nurseries begin sending their fall catalogs in the spring.  Be aware, however, that there are differences in bulb sellers.  To avoid disappointment, you’re better off splurging on top-quality bulbs from top-quality companies.  And stay away from bulb catalogs that don’t list growing zones.  Daffodils are easy to grow only if the correct varieties are planted in the correct zones.  Choose your daffodil bulbs carefully, and order them early, because early orders generally get the pick of the crop.